AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS WINNERS 2014!
Daddy Cool and an all-star cast of Victoria’s finest musicians gathered last night to wow a capacity crowd at The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, with Daddy Cool playing a nostalgic and note perfect greatest hits set after their induction to the Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame!
The band delivered thrilling versions of Cherry Pie, Come Back Again, Eagle Rock and Hi Honey Ho amongst others at the sold out awards night show.
Ross Wilson said, “Daddy Cool first met, played, recorded and worked together in Melbourne and since those early days we’ve been inducted into the industry hall of fame in Australia. As “hometown heroes,” The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame means that little bit more because it’s a cultural award, not a commercial one.”
Other award night highlights included Ed Nimmervoll‘s induction to the Hall of Fame by Russell Morris, who also played Black Dog Blues and The Real Thing. Davey Lane, Jess Cornelious, Ash Naylor, Stonefield and Henry Wagons also performed on the night, with Henry doing double duty as event host.
This year’s big winners were Dan Sultan and Courtney Barnett, with Dan receiving the Tone Deaf Best Male Artist Award and The Age Best Album Award for Blackbird, and Courtney winning TheMusic’s Best Female Artist and a $2,500 cash award from APRA/AMCOS for Best Song Award for Avant Gardener. Dan celebrated by treating the audience to a fabulous unannounced performance of Same Man with the legendary EG All Star Band.
Remi topped off a huge year with a well-deserved win for BigSound &Travel Beyond’s Best Emerging Artist Award, which includes flights and accommodation to Brisbane’s BigSound Conference and a slot in a high-profile showcase.
The Mountain Goat award for Best Venue went to Melbourne’s internationally recognised top venue Corner Hotel and Crumpler’s Best Festival award went to Meredith Music Festival, both winning for the second year in a row.
The Dixon Creek’s Estate Best Regional Venue Award went to Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine and the Cosmic Psychos took out the award for Best Regional Act, which was sponsored by Live At Your Local.
The hotly contested Corner Presents Best Band Award went to solid rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and the RocKwiz award for Best Live Band went to souled out funksters Saskwatch.
The Age Music Victoria Awards studio partner Bakehouse will donate studio rehearsal prizes to all artists nominated, with winners also receiving recording time.
Editor of The Age ‘Shortlist’, Martin Bolton, said “From the hypnotic hip-hop of Remi to the fascination the music loving
public has with Melbourne’s own Courtney Barnett, this year’s awards have again shone a bright light on the best
musical talent in the country, while celebrating the sheer joy of Daddy Cool.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners and thanks to all those who voted for their favourite music in this
years Age Music Victoria Awards.”
Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan said, “Congratulation to all of this year’s winners and nominees as well as this year’s Hall of Fame inductees! We are thrilled that the legendary Daddy Cool graced our stage this year and look forward to celebrating 10 years of the awards next year.”
Best Album – presented by The Age
Dan Sultan – Blackbird
Best Band – presented by Corner Presents
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Best Song – presented by APRA
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Best Male Artist – presented by Tone Deaf
Best Female Artist – presented by TheMusic
Best Emerging Artist – presented by Travel Beyond/BigSound
Best Live Band – presented by Rockwiz
Best Venue – presented by Mountain Goat
Corner Hotel, Richmond
Best Festival – presented by Crumpler
Meredith Music Festival
Best Regional Venue – presented by Dixons Creek Estate
Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Best Regional Act – presented by Live at Your Local
Photo by Ros O’Gorman