The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017



The Age Music Victoria Awards celebrate its 12th year in 2017, with what will be a massive line up of Victoria’s best musical talent at 170 Russell on Wednesday 22 November, during Melbourne Music Week. 
Co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM, the full After Party line up will be announced in September. After last years sold out event, early bird tickets are now on sale via Moshtix.

Following the success of the self-nominating process for the genre categories, 2017 submissions are open across all categories for Victorian artists, venues and festivals to nominate themselves, or another they believe deserves to be considered for The Awards. Once all entries have been compiled, a select industry panel of experts determines final nominees for all categories,

“This recognition is so great. A lot of work goes into making an album and it’s wonderful for everyone involved to have those efforts celebrated.”

‘We should nominate our work not only because there is a chance we might win but because these awards are also a measure of the musical richness that we have in Victoria” - Peter Knight – Winner of Best Jazz Album 2016 Way Out West

The categories open for submissions are: Best Regional Venue (under 50 gigs per year), Best Regional Venue (over 50 gigs per year), Best Venue (under 500 capacity), Best Venue (over 500 capacity) and Best Festival.

Best Blues Album, Best Country Album, Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B or Gospel Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Hip Hop Album, Best Electronic Act, Best Heavy Album, Best Aboriginal Act, Best Global or Reggae Album, Best Folk or Roots Album and Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act.

Eligibility Criteria
- At least 50% of the act has been living in Victoria for the last two years
- Released an EP or album between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
- Victorian venues or festival

Submissions are now open until Thursday 31 August.
All nominees will be announced Friday 13 October.



Multi-instrumentalist Merpire unveils new sound with latest single ‘Holding Breath’ produced by Andy Bull and announces launch shows


Sydney multi-instrumentalist Merpire has dreamed up her own sounds by taking the typical mood of the ukulele and warping it into new uncharted sounds on her new single ‘Holding Breath’, out Monday 29 May.  Taken from Merpire’s forthcoming EP due for release later in 2017, ‘Holding Breath’ is the first track from Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt since winning the 2015 Telstra Road To Discovery.

To celebrate the release, Merpire has brought together a full band of musicians from some of Australia’s most acclaimed acts including Neal Sutherland (Sarah Blasko), Luke Davison (The Preatures) and Sarah Belkner. Together, they will headline two shows at the Oxford Art Factory Gallery in Sydney and the Wesley Anne in Melbourne during July, bringing to realisationMerpire’s unique sounds.

 “That voice carries so much with it. Your sounds feels familiar and it'll make you feel right at home.” ★★★★ – triple j unearthed, Claire Mooney

★★★★ – triple j unearthed, Claire Mooney

Working with some of Australia’s premiere music industry folk, Merpire enlisted ground-breaking artist Andy Bull to produce, alongside ARIA award-winning engineer Paul McKercher to record and mix ‘Holding Breath’ an ode to all those who have suffered a broken heart.

“When I write songs, I like to think of them as mini movies. ‘Holding Breath’ is both an insight into my introspection and a violent exaggeration of what it can feel like to look for love in the same place you were hurt. I wrote the pitch-bending violins to match the ups and downs of that emotional process." Merpire


After winning the 2015 Telstra Road To Discovery, Merpire spent time writing with a plethora of musicians and songwriters including Kim Richey (Jamie Lawson), Neal Sutherland (Sarah Blasko) to expand her unique sound of incorporating eerie pitch bending synths and walls of soundscapes both here in Australia and over in Nashville in the US where Merpire also performed at the Americana Festival at the Sounds Australia showcases and at the renowned New York venue The Bitter End.

Like a siren song, you are drawn in by Merpire’s haunting melodies; intricate harmonies and unashamed lyrics as she explores philosophical ideas of life, alternate realities, and the nighttime.
Merpire's new single 'Holding Breath' is out Monday 29 May.

Merpire ‘Holding Breath’ Single Launch Shows
Thursday 6 July
The Oxford Art Factory Gallery, Sydney NSW
Support: Elizabeth Hughes and Georgia Mulligan
Tickets on sale now via moshtix

Friday 7 July
Wesley Anne, Melbourne Vic
Support: Liv Cartledge
Tickets on sale now via moshtix

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SO.Crates is comprised of Melbourne born and raised producer SKOMES, and MC Cazeaux O.S.L.O, a California born Australian resident. Since 2015 the pair have played extensively throughout Melbourne, supporting the likes of Stones Throw Records, Black Milk, Rapper Big Pooh, Brother Ali, 30/70, Average Rap Band, Mndsgn and more, including a recent set at Strawberry Fields.

Their sound is a culmination of their shared love of jazz, soul and hiphop in the vein of groups such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and the late 90s/early 2000s Rawkus era. After solidifying their place as one of Australia's premier live Hiphop acts, the pair self released the modern classic cassette tape 'Static Methods EP' in May 2016, which was chosen by the PBS FM show "Fresh Produce" as one of their top 5 hip hop releases of 2016.

Having sold out of physical copies, SO.Crates are currently gearing up for the release of a double vinyl edition of 'Static Methods', in partnership with the Foreign Brothers. This re-release will include a bonus remix disc featuring some of their favourite Melbourne based live bands reworking songs from the EP.

2018 will see the release of a SO. Crates full length Replay album.




Georgia State Line release new single ‘Older Than I Am’ and announce Melbourne launch show at the Union Hotel


Hailing from Regional Victoria but dreaming of Central Tennessee comes Melbourne’s ownGeorgia State Line with brand new single ‘Older Than I Am.’ Praised as one of Australia’s best up-and-coming Country/Americana acts, the seasoned six-piece of ole twang-loving musicians, lead by Georgia Delves reveal ‘Older Than I Am’ and announce a launch show in Melbourne at Brunswick’s The Union Hotel next month.
‘Older Than I Am’ channels the authentic land-lovin’, heat-bearing sound of classic Americana, and blends it with folk melodies and alt-country rhythms, with the homely story telling of growing up and being misunderstood. An ode to the innocence of youth, but being an older soul, the track is riddled with jangly guitar hooks, and beckoning vocal harmonies, that sit atop a train-rattling drum beat reminiscent of long, state-crossing Aussie road trips.


“These days I seem to usually be the youngest person in most settings I find myself in, and sometimes when you are younger people can misjudge or undermine what you’re about- within the music industry and beyond. ‘Older Than I Am’ is a song written out of the tiresome exercise that becomes hen you are tied to a preconceived idea of your age bracket.” – Georgia Delves


“This isn't just putting on a cowboy hat and pretending you're country, this is authentic. Georgia and the band have walled up a bit of Nashville in their own backyard.”

★★★★ – jjj unearthed Dave Ruby Howe

Off the back of performing at Australia’s National Folk Festival in Canberra last month, as well as wooing crowds at the 2017 Terang Country Music FestivalGeorgia State Line will play an intimate home-crowd show to launch the single at Melbourne’s the Union Hotel on Saturday 17 June.
"Many Australian artists refer to themselves as Americana or Alt-Country these days, but very few deliver the real thing as well as Georgia State Line. Hailing from Melbourne but sounding like Texas or Tennessee, this band represents the true essence of today's country music." - Bill Chambers

Georgia State Line ‘Older Than I Am’ Single Launch
Saturday 17 June
Union Hotel, Brunswick
Support: Small Town Romance (Duo)

Doors 8.30pm
Free Entry
'OLDER THAN I AM' is out Monday 5 June via
Apple Music // iTunes // Bandcamp // Spotify
+ limited physical copies only available at the Union Hotel launch

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