2021 AIR Awards Nominees Announced!

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2021 AIR Awards Nominees Announced!

Thanks to the continued support from the South Australian Government, AIR is thrilled to return to Adelaide, the UNESCO City of Music, this August for its annual AIR Awards and Indie-Con Australia Conference.

The AIR Awards recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia’s Independent Music sector. Over 200 individual Awards have been presented to date and for many winners and nominees, it has been their first industry recognition that has helped facilitate national and international attention. Some of these artists include Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, Flume, Sampa The Great, Sia, Sheppard, Peking Duk, A.B Original, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Violent Soho.

The 2021 AIR Awards will be held at the Freemasons Hall, Adelaide on Thursday 5th August 2021 as an invite only event.

 

This year’s nominees are as follows:
INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BALL PARK MUSIC – BALL PARK MUSIC
DMA’S – THE GLOW
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – CROSSOVER
FANNY LUMSDEN – FALLOW
SPACEY JANE – SUNLIGHT

INDEPENDENT SONG OF THE YEAR
GORDI – EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
KING STINGRAY – HEY WANHAKA
MERCI, MERCY– FUCKED MYSELF UP
SPACEY JANE – BOOSTER SEAT
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – SENDING ME UR LOVING

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA
HAIKU HANDS
HAYLEY MARY
MIA WRAY
SPACEY JANE
SYCCO

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM OR EP
CHARLIE THREADS – SAY LESS
CHILLINIT – THE OCTAGON
HORRORSHOW – NEW NORMAL DELUXE
RYLAND ROSE – CHAMPION OF THE LOSERS
ST. CHRISTOPH & SHAADE – BIG MOOD

BEST INDEPENDENT SOUL/RNB ALBUM OR EP
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – CROSSOVER
JEIDA WOODS – HIVE
KYLIE AULDIST – THIS IS WHAT HAPPINESS LOOKS LIKE
LIYAH KNIGHT – NESTING
SERINA PECH – POLITICS

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM OR EP
ANDY GOLLEDGE – NAMOI
CASEY BARNES – TOWN OF A MILLION DREAMS
COOL SOUNDS – SLEEPERS
FANNY LUMSDEN – FALLOW
TRAVIS COLLINS – WRECK ME

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM OR EP
#1 DADS – GOLDEN REPAIR
EMMA SWIFT – BLONDE ON THE TRACKS
JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD – PUSH THE BLUES AWAY
THE TESKEY BROTHERS – LIVE AT THE FORUM
VIKA & LINDA – SUNDAY (THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISO)

BEST INDEPENDENT POP ALBUM OR EP
CUB SPORT – LIKE NIRVANA
DONNY BENÉT – MR EXPERIENCE
GORDI – OUR TWO SKINS
JACK RIVER – STRANGER HEART
TIA GOSTELOW – CHRYSALIS

BEST INDEPENDENT ROCK ALBUM OR EP
DMA’S – THE GLOW
LIME CORDIALE – 14 STEPS TO A BETTER YOU
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – SIDEWAYS TO NEW ITALY
SLOWLY SLOWLY – RACE CAR BLUES
SPACEY JANE – SUNLIGHT

BEST INDEPENDENT HEAVY ALBUM OR EP
IN HEARTS WAKE – KALIYUGA
MAKE THEM SUFFER – HOW TO SURVIVE A FUNERAL
PARKWAY DRIVE – VIVA THE UNDERDOGS
POLARIS – THE DEATH OF ME
WOLF & CUB – NIL

BEST INDEPENDENT PUNK ALBUM OR EP
A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS – PAID SALVATION
CABLE TIES – FAR ENOUGH
CRY CLUB – GOD, I’M SUCH A MESS
THE CHATS  – HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR
VIOLENT SOHO – EVERYTHING IS A-OK

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE OR ELECTRONICA 
ALBUM OR EP
BANOFFEE – LOOK AT US NOW DAD
HAIKU HANDS – HAIKU HANDS
LANKS – SPIRITS PT. 1
LASTLINGS – FIRST CONTACT
VLOSSOM – MY FRIEND

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE
DMA’S – CRIMINALS (THE AVALANCHES REMIX)
FLUME – THE DIFFERENCE FEAT. TORO Y MOI
PNAU – RIVER FEAT. LADYHAWKE
SHOCKONE – FOLLOW ME
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – SENDING ME UR LOVING (TOM TRAGO REMIX)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM OR EP
JULIEN WILSON – STOCK
KATIE NOONAN – THE SWEETEST TABOO
MILDLIFE – AUTOMATIC
PARTY DOZEN – PRAY FOR PARTY DOZEN
VANESSA PERICA ORCHESTRA – LOVE IS A TEMPORARY MADNESS

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM OR EP
ANDREW BLANCH / ARIEL NURHADI – ALCHEMY
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA / RICHARD TOGNETTI – BRAHMS: SYMPHONIES 3 & 4
ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING – SONGBIRDS
JAYSON GILLHAM / ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / NICHOLAS CARTER – BEETHOVEN: THE PIANO CONCERTOS
JOSEPH TAWADROS / JAMES TAWADROS/ SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / BENJAMIN NORTHEY – LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

BEST INDEPENDENT CHILDREN’S ALBUM OR EP
AMBER LAWRENCE – KIDS GONE COUNTRY 2 – FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
DIVER CITY – WELCOME TO DIVER CITY
SPOTTY KITES – HAVE A SPOTTY CHRISTMAS
TEENY TINY STEVIES – THOUGHTFUL SONGS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
THE WIGGLES – CHOO CHOO TRAINS, PROPELLER PLANES & TOOT TOOT CHUGGA CHUGGA BIG RED CAR!

Focusing on issues that are specifically relevant to the independent music sector, AIR’s Indie-Con Australia conference will be held from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th August at Adelaide’s Freemason Hall as a hybrid event.

Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni said the  Marshall Government is proud to once again be a major partner for Indie-Con Australia and the AIR Awards.

“We congratulate all of the nominees and look forward to welcoming event organiser AIR, and delegates back to South Australia to celebrate the achievements of the independent music sector through the AIR Awards,” Minister Pisoni said.

AIR members will receive complimentary invitations to attend the 2021 Indie-Con Australia conference as well as the AIR Awards. Click here find out if you qualify to become an AIR member. Non-members can also purchase tickets to attend Indie-Con Australia online. Details about speakers and the program to be announced next month.

We look forward to welcoming our members and speakers to Adelaide for the 2021 AIR Awards and our Indie-Con Australia Conference and are extremely grateful for the continued support from South Australia’s Department for Innovation and Skills, through the Music Development Office and the South Australian Tourism Commission, through Events South Australia,”  Maria Amato AIR CEO

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