Nominees Announced For The 2016 South Australian Music Awards

Nominees Announced For The 2016 South Australian Music Awards

Some of South Australia’s finest musicians are up for quite the night at the 2016 South Australian Music Awards coming up in November.


Music SA has announced the nominees for the South Australian Music Awards (SAM Awards), and it’s a doozy of a list.

Heading up the line are the ever-charming lads from West Thebarton Brothel Party with a total of six nominations including Best New Artist, Best Song, Best Release and Best Group. Other notable nominees include rock ’n’ rollers Bad//Dreems and pop newcomer MANE with three nominations each. Both artists are also up for the coveted Best Release alongside Jesse Davidson for Lizard Boy, Horror My Friend for Stay In, Do
Nothing, and West Thebarton Brothel Party for their self titled debut EP.

Mane has received 4 nominations in the 2016 SAM Awards

Not to be forgotten, the industry awards shine the spotlight on the organisations and people behind the scenes with categories such as Best Manager, Best Festival/Music Event, Best Music Video, Best Cover Art, Best Music Venue and for the first time ever the new categories: Best Engineer and Best Studio.

Winners will be announced at the official award ceremony – opened by the Premier of SA and with trophies sponsored by local businesses – held at The Norwood Concert Hall on Nov 11.
For the first time since Music SA took custodianship of the SAM Awards, publicly voted categories have been added as well.

The Chair of Music SA, Anne Wiberg says “The SAMs are the state’s top honour for contemporary original musicians and music industry professionals; Music SA is incredibly proud of the quality of music and practitioners our state is producing every year. The local music community has been a source of pride for our state for a long time now and we are indeed leading the way nationally with our commitment to improving and supporting the industry. In the last few years we have seen a significant investment into the industry by the State Government and there have been some important changes to legislation, but we are also seeing some fabulous new talent and entrepreneurship which is all contributing to a stronger and more vibrant contemporary music industry in South Australia.”

West Thebarton Brothel Party. Photo by David Court.
West Thebarton Brothel Party. Photo by David Court.

Best Release
Bad//Dreems – Dogs At Bay
Jesse Davidson – Lizard Boy
Horror My Friend – Stay In, Do Nothing
Mane – House of Horror
West Thebarton Brothel Party – West Thebarton Brothel Party

Best Male Artist
Jesse Davidson – Lizard Boy
Max Savage – True Believers
Ollie English – Cabin Thoughts
Tim Moore – After The Storm
Tom West – Oncoming Clouds

Best Female Artist
Loren Kate – Til Night Meets Sun
Mane – House of Horror
Rin McArdle – Lefty Lou and the Hamley Street Blues
Summer Flake – Hello Friends
Tara Carragher – Wicked World

Best Group
Horror My Friend
God God Dammit Dammit
West Thebarton Brothel Party

Best Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Artist
A.B. Original
Corey Theatre
Electric Fields
Frank Yamma
Hannah Yates

Best New Artist
A.B. Original
Electric Fields
West Thebarton Brothel Party

Best Song
Presented by APRA AMCOS
Bad//Dreems – ‘Cuffed & Collared’
Motez ft. Tkay Maidza – ‘Down Like This’
Skies – ‘Speed Boy’
Tkay Maidza – ‘Ghost’
West Thebarton Brothel Party – ‘Red or White’

Best Music Video
Aaron Schuppan for God God Dammit Dammit’s ‘Kazoo’
Jesse Schuppan for How Green’s ‘Dreamer’
Kieren Ellis-JOnes for The Heard Aches ‘Glad That You’re Gone’
Lewis Brideson for West Thebarton Brothel Party’s ‘Red or White’
Mitchel Tuul for Skies’ ‘Speed Boy’

Best Cover Art
Alex Frayne and Nick Phillips for The Baker Suite’s ‘Still Life’ album
Henry Stentiford for West Thebarton Brothel Party’s self-titled EP
James Packer for Brokers’ ‘Resettler’ album
Jesse Davidson / Ella Michele for Jesse Davidson’s ‘Lizard Boy’ EP
Todd Fisher for Thom Lion’s ‘Fire Escape’ single

Best Manager
Craig Lock
Jennifer Greer-Holmes
Kate Cudbertson
Sian Walden
Steve Pitkin

Best Music Venue
Exeter Hotel Beergarden
Fat Controller
Grace Emily Hotel
The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Best Festival / Music Event
Presented by Moshtix
Silver Raven Festival
Porch Sessions

Best Engineer
Matt Hills
James Balderston
Luke Hancock
Mick Wordley
Tom Barnes

Best Studio
Capitalsounds Studios
Chapel Lane Studios
Hillside Recordings
Mixmasters Productions
Wizard Tone Studios

Most Popular Blues / Roots Artist
Presented by Adelaide Roots & Blues Association
Ben Ford-Davies – Papillon
Lazy Eye – Running Blind EP
Max Savage – True Believers
Ollie English – Cabin Thoughts
The Timbers – Restless

Most Popular Country Artist
Presented by Derringers Music
Hana & Jessie-Lee – Hana & Jessie-Lee
Kate Fuller – Daffodils Or Weeds
Loren Kate – Til Night Meets Sun
Max Savage – True Believers
Sam Brittain – Signal Lights
Most Popular Electronic Artist
Presented by Fresh 92.7
Brokers – Resettler
How Green – The Reverse Happens
Jesse Davidson – Lizard Boy
Motez – The Vibe
Rod Ladgrove – Pablo

Most Popular Experimental / Avant-Garde Artist
Presented by Ancient World
Dan Thorpe – Homecoming (Three Years Later)
How Green – The Reverse Happens
Mike Tilbrook – Blue Solace
Sparkspitter – Doxa
ZephyrROM – VoiceQuartet

Most Popular Folk / Acoustic Artist
Presented by Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association
Ben Ford-Davies – Papillon
Kaurna Cronin – Glass Fool
Loren Kate – Til Night Meets Sun
Nikai – Close Call
The Timbers – Restless

Most Popular Heavy Artist
Presented by Australian Rock & Metal Institute
Colibrium – In Balance
Dyssidia – Children Of Aether And Earth
Headbore – The Grey
Mad Cactus – Mad Cactus
Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys – Cats Against Cat Calls

Most Popular Hip Hop Artist
Presented by The Gov
Caper – One Day
Duco – Season One
Koolta – Continuum
Maga G – Journey
Stinga T – Fully Focused

Most Popular Jazz Artist
Presented by Jazz SA
Adam Page & Ben Todd – Adam Page & Ben Todd
Craig Lauritsen – Monachopsis
Kate Fuller – Daffodils Or Weeds
Mike Tilbrook – Blue Solace

Most Popular Pop Artist
Presented by The AU Review
Babes Are Wolves – You Only Live Twice
Conchillia – Hunter Or A Gatherer
Kylie Brice – Broken And Beautiful
Local Revolution – Gentle Warrior
Mane – House Of Horror

Most Popular Rock Artist
Presented by Three D Radio
Bad//Dreems – Dogs At Bay
God God Dammit Dammit – Soul Dice
Max Savage – True Believers
Recreator – Recreator
Submerge – We Come From Stars

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