Music SA today announced the finalists for the SAM Awards Peer-Voted and People’s Choice categories for their third annual event, with the winners to be celebrated on Thursday 9th November at Thebby Lane (Thebarton Theatre) in Adelaide. Boasting an exciting and diverse list of finalists, the 2017 SAM Awards nominations are led by political hip-hop duo A.B. Original who have received six nominations and pop superstar Tkay Maidza with four nominations. Other exciting new acts breaking through are rising young South Sudanese-born rapper DyspOra and indie folk singer Naomi Keyte, who is nominated for Best Female, Best Release and The People’s Choice: Folk Award. With over 6,500 individual votes cast across the 12 genre-based awards categories on themusic.com.au, the People’s Choice Award finalists have been narrowed down to 60 of South Australia’s favourite musicians, highlighting the broad array of excellence within the South Australian music industry. Familiar finalists include Aussie pub-rockers Bad//Dreems with a total of 4 nominations, 3-piece punk rockers Grenadiers, and triple j favourites, Heaps Good Friends, also nominated for Best New Artist.
SAM Awards Finalist A.B. Original
Music SA’s General Manager Lisa Bishop said she is excited by the calibre of talent chosen by the Australian public, anticipating a difficult decision for the judges to pick just one winner from these finalists.
“The 2017 SAM Awards are shaping up to be the biggest to date with a record-breaking amount of votes cast by the public. I’m proud to see the diversity and talent represented across the board and I’m looking forward to celebrating at Thebby Lane in 6 weeks’ time. 50% of tickets have already sold so get in quick to secure a spot for the night,” said Ms Bishop Musician, media personality and double j radio host, Henry Wagons, will walk us through 29 award presentations, 5 live performances, via a rollicking 6-tap trailer of Little Bang Brewing Company’s local craft beer, to a late night feast under the stars and one hell of a show. 2017 SAM Awards nominees Timberwolf, Grenadiers, Glass Skies, Hana & Jessie-Lee, Dyspora, Lonelyspeck and Allume will all be taking to the stage on the night for a very special performance which includes reinterpretations of the Best Song finalists. Expect some genre-bending, creatively reworked versions of Tkay Maidza’s ‘Simulation’, A.B. Originals ‘January 26th’, West Thebarton’s ‘Moving Out’, Bad//Dreems ‘Mob Rule’, and Timberwolf’s ‘Washed Out’.
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Funded by the Government’s Music Development Office, major sponsors Moshtix and an array of supportive industry sponsors, the 2017 SAM Awards will be brought together on stage with the assistance of Novatech who have custom-designed an incredible set and lighting installation to be fitted out Thebarton Theatre for the evening. Many surprises await – but the tickets won’t – so get onto buying yours now! For more information and tickets: www.southaustralianmusicawards.com.au
THE 2017 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS ARE: THE PEER-VOTED AWARDS Best Studio Chapel Lane Studios Hillside Recordings Island Studios Stormfront Productions Wizard Tone Studios Best Engineer Gabs Agostino Kiah Gossner Matt Hills Simon Kither Tom Barnes Best Music Festival / Event – presented by moshtix Blenheim Music & Camping Festival Futuresounds Porch Sessions Scumfest WOMADelaide Best Music Venue Crown & Anchor Hotel Exeter Hotel Fat Controller Grace Emily Hotel Jive Best Manager Ben Martin Craig Lock Matthew Hayward Sian Walden Tom Gordon Best Cover Art Capital Waste & Jamie Brockenbrow – Space Bong’s ‘Dead In Paradise’ Hebe Sayce – Neon Tetra’s ‘Relections’ Henry Stentiford – The Bitter Darlings ‘Stuart Highway’ Nic Ames & Sam Kruckemeyer – Kaurna Cronin’s Southern Loss Todd Fischer – Donnarumma’s ‘Billy Billy’ Best Music Video Aaron Schuppan – Cosmo Thundercat’s ‘Warning Bell Kieran Ellis-Jones – Sleep Talk’s ‘Mother’ Lewis Brideson – Donnarumma’s ‘Love Your Man’ O’Foley – Standard Union’s ‘I Don’t Care’ Richard Coburn – A.B. Original’s ‘January 26th’ Best Song – presented by APRA AMCOS A.B. Original – January 26th feat. Dan Sultan Bad//Dreems – Mob Rule Timberwolf – Washed Out Tkay Maidza – Simulation West Thebarton – Moving Out Best New Artist Bec Stevens Donnarumma Dyspora Heaps Good Friends Lonelyspeck Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist A.B. Original Corey Theatre Glenn Skuthorpe Best Group A.B. Original Bad//Dreems Battlehounds Cosmo Thundercat Wanderers Best Male Artist Adam Page Dyspora Ross McHenry PNK FME Thom Lion Best Female Artist Allume Bec Stevens Hunt Naomi Keyte Tkay Maidza Best Release A.B. Original Bad//Dreems Lonelyspeck Naomi Keyte Tkay Maidza 2017 SAM AWARDS JUDGING PANEL Alice Fraser (Lunatic Entertainment), Anne Wiberg (Music SA Board), Bonnie Dalton (Minnow & Co), Dan Cribb (The Music), Dan Sant (The Harbour Agency), DotMarkek (Double J), Emma Coyle (Music SA/Sundial), Greg Carey (Grow Yourself Up), Harvey Saward (Remote Control Records), Jess Beston (Tiny Monster), Johann Ponniah (I Oh You), Luke Penman (Radio Adelaide), Matt Horvath (Clarity Records), Rebecca Young (Collective Artists), Richard Moffat (Way Over There), Sose Fuamoli (AU Review), Spoz (Spoz’s Rant), Tam Boakes (Jive), Trials (A.B. Original) and Troy Sincock (Fresh 92.7) THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Blues/Roots Award – presented by Radio Adelaide Cal Williams Jr Donnarumma Glass Skies Lazy Eye Wanderers Country Award – presented by Grace Emily Hotel The Bitter Darlings Hana & Jessie-Lee TheHeggarties Kiera Workhorse Electronic Award – presented by Fresh 92.7 Abbey Howlett Hartway Nakatomi Southpaw We May Be Creatures Experimental Award – presented by Ancient World Cobra The Cortex Shift Darknife Thanes Timberwolf
Folk Award – presented by Wheatsheaf Hotel Banjo Jackson Kaurna Cronin Naomi Keyte Tom West The Winter Gyspy Heavy Award – presented by Australian Rock & Metal Institute Behold The Sea Ice On Mercury Sleep Talk Terminal Zero Wounded Pig Hip Hop Award – presented by Northern Sound System A.B. Original Daydream Fever Hinkey The Snail DyspOra 3SIDEZ Jazz/Art Music Award – presented by Elder Conservatorium Alzarin Crimson Angus Mason Ashley Hribar Lone Soul Syndicate Ross McHenry Pop Award – presented by The Gov Dino Jag Germein Sisters Heaps Good Friends Rachael Leahcar Tkay Maidza Punk Award – presented by Crown & Anchor Ambleside Bec Stevens Grenadiers She’s The Band Young Offenders Rock Award – presented by Fat Controller Bad//Dreems Baltimore Poet Cosmo Thundercat The Motive West Thebarton World Music Award – presented by WOMADelaide Adam Page The Coconut Kids Dadanii Okwabi Damushiensemble Daniela Ion RAVie