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Debut National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) announces WA winners

30 Nov



Last night, Australia’s diverse and successful live music industry was celebrated in fine form with 8 events taking place simultaneously around Australia for the inaugural National Live Music Awards (NLMAs). Whilst Tame Impala was the only WA act to take out a National Award, the WA NLMAs edition saw Methyl Ethel, Kiera Owen (Rag N’ Bone), Mojos and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival taking out WA awards. The debut awards were celebrated in fine form at Badlands Bar, with Joni In The Moon, Dream Rimmy and Scalphunter bringing the party live, whilst Rag N’ Bone and the WAM BAM DJs (WAM’s very own Claire Hodgson and Aarom Wilson) spun local tunes galore.

Award director, Larry Heath said: “A week of celebration and recognition of Australia’s incredible music talent that is ARIA week, we were honoured and humbled to be have live music as part of the conversation in a way never before seen in this country… I look forward to seeing the event evolve and develop in the years to come and continuing to spread our love for live music around the country, solidifying our place both locally and internationally one of the healthiest live music scenes in the world.”


Live Act of the Year – Methyl Ethel
Live Voice of the Year – Kiera Owen
Venue of the Year (Presented nationally by Moshtix) – Mojos
Live Music Event of the Year – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival


Live Act of the Year – The Smith Street Band
The Heatseeker Award – Camp Cope
Live Voice of the Year – Ngaiire
Guitarist of the Year – Gareth Liddiard
Bassist of the Year – Donny Benet
Drummer of the Year – Simon Ridley
Instrumentalist of the Year – Johann Beardraven
Best Live Music Event in Australia – Dark Mofo
International Live Achievement (Solo) – Courtney Barnett
International Live Achievement (Group/Band) – Tame Impala
Hip Hop Live Act of the Year – Tkay Maidza
DJ or Electronic Live Act of the Year – Flume
Hard Rock or Metal Live Act of the Year – Violent Soho
Roots Live Act of the Year – Tash Sultana
R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year – Ngaiire
The NLMA (Industry Achievement) – Sounds Australia

People’s Choice Awards
Live Act of the Year – Ball Park Music
Live Voice of the Year – Josh Pyke

Pictured: Rag N’ Bone vocalist Keira Owen takes home the WA Best Voice award. Photo by Sarah Green.



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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.