2017 AIR AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Including A.B. Original, Ali Barter & D.D. Dumbo

AIR – The Australian Independent Record Labels Association – has announced the nominations for the 2017 AIR Awards, which will be held in Adelaide in July. The awards recognise the best of Australian independent recording artists taking in release categories of albums, EPs or singles and covering several genre subcategories.

Melbourne hip hop duo A.B. Original have received the most amount of nominations, with five across five different categories including Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album Or EP, Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Hip Hop Album.

 

The AIR Awards were absent from the calendar in 2016, but thanks to funding from the South Australian government’s Live Music Event Fund, the night will return for it’s 11th year, taking place at Adelaide’s Queen Theatre on Thursday July 27.

 

For the first time, the event will also have a live music component, with shows being held on the night in six different venues throughout the city. This will present opportunities for local and touring acts to showcase their material in front of music industry professionals, similar to the already established conferences such as Brisbane’s Bigsound and Melbourne’s Face the Music.

 

The AIR Industry Conference will coincide with the awards, and has secured funding for the next three years. Taking place over two days, the conference will feature panels and workshops with input from successful independent labels, musicians and businesses. See the full list of nominated artists below.

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

D. D. DUMBO

FLUME

A.B. ORIGINAL

ALEX LAHEY

ALI BARTER

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP

NGAIIRE - BLASTOMA

A.B. ORIGINAL - RECLAIM AUSTRALIA

ALEX LAHEY - B GRADE UNIVERSIT Y

D. D. DUMBO - UTOPIA DEFEATED

BIG SCARY - ANIMAL

 

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE

FLUME - NEVER BE LIKE YOU {FEAT. KAI)

D. D. DUMBO - SATAN

A.B. ORIGINAL - JANUARY 26 FEAT. DAN SULTAN

BIG SCARY - THE OPPOSITE OF US

ALEX LAHEY - YOU DON'T THINK YOU LIKE PEOPLE LIKE ME

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR - PRESENTED BY PPCA

JULIA JACKLIN

D.D. DUMBO

A.B. ORIGINAL

CAMP COPE

ALEX LAHEY

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

REMI - DIVAS AND DEMONS

A.B. ORIGINAL - RECLAIM AUSTRALIA

L-FRESH THE LION - BECOME

HAU - THE NO END THEORY

MILWAUKEE BANKS - DEEP INTO THE NIGHT

 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

WILLIAM CRIGHTON - WILLIAM CRIGHTON

HENRY WAGONS - AFTER WHAT I DID LAST NIGHT

BIG SMOKE - TIME IS GOLDEN

BILL CHAMBERS - COLD TRAIL

HALFWAY - THE GOLDEN HALFWAY RECORD

 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

ARCHIE ROACH - LET LOVE RULE

THE WAIFS - BEAUTIFUL YOU

RUSSELL MORRIS - RED DIRT RED HEART

JULIA JACKLIN - DON'T LET THE KIDS WIN

THE WILSON PICKERS - YOU CAN'T CATCH FISH FROM A TRAIN

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS - AESTHESIS

VIOLENT SOHO - WACO

LUCA BRASI - IF THIS IS ALL WE'RE GOING TO BE

HELLIONS - OPERA OBLIVIA

TWELVE FOOT NINJA - OUTLIER

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

FLUME - SKIN

JAGWAR MA - EVERY NOW & THEN

ELIZABETH ROSE - INTRA

FRIENDSHIPS - NULLABOR 1988-1989

RAINBOW CHAN - SPACINGS

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

FLUME - NEVER BE LIKE YOU {FEAT. KAI)

NICK MURPHY - STOP ME (STOP YOU)

STARLEY - CALL ON ME

 

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

VINCE JONES & PAUL GRABOWSKY - PROVENANCE

KELLER MURPHY BROWNE - TRAVELLERS

JAMES MORRISON & DON BURROWS - IN GOOD COMPANY

BEN WINKELMAN TRIO - THE KNIFE

 

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM

AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA - BRANDENBURG CELEBRATES

SLAVA GRIGORYAN - BACH: CELLO SUITES VOL 1

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI - MOZART'S LAST SYMPHONIES

GENEVIEVE LACEY & JAMES CRABB - HEARD THIS AND THOUGHT OF YOU

 

 

The AIR Awards will take place on Thursday July 27 and the AIR Industry Conference on July 27-28. For more information head to air.org.au.

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