WAMAwards 2018 Winners Announced Kicking off the Biggest WAMFest Yet!
Ahead of this weekend’s biggest WAMFest & WAMCon program yet, the 2018 WAMAwards lead the way in shining a dazzling light on an incredible weekend of local music to come. Taking place in its luxe new home at The Hyatt Regency, this year’s sold out WAMAwards were bigger than ever. Welcoming international and national industry experts, and WA’s finest music exports and up-and-comers, WA’s music industry went all out last night celebrating the exciting yet humble industry that inhabits the West.
It was a big night of doubling down with Alana Macpherson, Caitlin Nienaber, Carla Geneve, Feels, Jacob Diamond, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Odette Mercy all receiving two awards each. But ultimately it was Elise Reitze-Swensen and Rosie Taylor of electronic duo Feels who lead the way with three awards, with their label WOMPP (Women Of Music Production Perth) picking up the award for Label Of The Year on top of awards for Best Live Electronic Act and Best Electronic Producer.
It was no surprise to see adored former RTRFM brekkie host Caitlin Nienaber awarded both Industry Representative of the Year and the prestigious Golden WAMi. Having hung up the headphones to head East earlier this year, the awards were a perfect parting gift for Caitlin who flew back to celebrate the win with Perth’s music community.
The night also paid tribute in honouring this year’s two Hall of Fame Inductees Dixie Battersby (DB Publicity) and The Stems with these phenomenal individuals taking their place amongst the local legends before them. All have been integral in shaping the current landscape of our local and National industry.
For the fifth year in a row, (clearly) WA’s favourite spot to catch budding local music Mojos Bar picked up the award for Most Popular Venue.
The night also featured stellar performances by Hall of Fame inductees The Stems, award winners Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Carla Geneve, Hyclass and award nominees Gemma Farrell Quintet, Your Girl Pho, and Ralway Bell. Needless to say, the WAMAwards set an exciting precedent to kick off WAMFest Live and WAMCon 2018!
From Friday 2nd November to Saturday 3rd November, WAMFest madness takes over Perth City and Northbridge for two massive nights showcasing over 200 local bands and soloists and best of all, the whole thing is free to attend. The Festival will feature performances from WAMAward winners Demon Days (Best EP), Eduardo Cossio (Best Experimental Act), Hyclass (Best Hip-Hop Act), Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics (Best Urban Act, Best Vocalist) and Wooly Mammoth (Most Popular New Act). Check out all the action over at wamfest.com.au!
WA MUSIC AWARDS – GENRE & INDUSTRY
Best Album (presented by APRA AMCOS) – Abbe May (Fruit)
Best Blues/Roots Act (presented by Blues at Bridgetown) – Mama Kin Spender
Best Country Act (presented by Mustang Bar) – The Little Lord Street Band
Best EP (presented by Rosemount Hotel) – Demon Days (Magic Eye)
Best Experimental Act (presented by RTRFM) – Eduardo Cossio and Louise Devenish
Best Folk Act (presented by Clancy’s Fishpub Fremantle) – Jacob Diamond
Best Hip-Hop Act (presented by Perth Theatre Trust) – Hyclass
Best Indigenous Act (presented by NAIDOC Music Awards) – Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Best Jazz Act (presented by The Alex Hotel) – Alana Macpherson Nonet
Best Live Electronic Act (presented by Advanced Electrical Equipment) – Feels
Best Metal/Heavy Act (presented by scenestr) – Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving
Best Music Video (presented by Johnny Ma Studios) – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Social Candy)
Best Pop Act (presented by Lolly Box Music) – Stella Donnelly
Best Punk/Hardcore Act (presented by The Poster Girls) – Nerve Quakes
Best Regional Act (presented by Nannup Music Festival) – Tracey Barnett
Best Rock Act (presented by Badlands Bar) – Carla Geneve
Best Single (presented by Mojo’s Bar | Cool Perth Nights) – Carla Geneve (Greg’s Discount Chemist)
Best Urban Act (presented by Sorrento Strategic Music) – Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics
Best World Act (presented by Fairbridge Festival) – Grace Barbé
Golden WAMi (presented by City Of Perth) – Caitlin Nienabar
Industry Representative of the Year (presented by Freo.Social) – Caitlin Nienabar
Label of the Year (presented by Happy Mag) – Women Of Music Production Perth
WA MUSIC AWARDS – PUBLIC VOTED
Most Popular Act (presented by The Aardvark) – Tame Impala
Most Popular Live Act (presented by RAC Arena) – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Most Popular Music Event (presented by MyEntertainmentLawyer.com) – Falls Festival
Most Popular New Act (presented by The Bird) – Wooly Mammoth
Most Popular Venue (presented by moshtix) – Mojo’s Bar
WA MUSIC AWRADS – CRAFT
Best Bassist (presented by Hyatt Regency Perth) – Jennifer Aslett and Roy Martinez
Best Brass/String/Woodwind Instrumentalist (presented by Discus On Demand) – Alana Macpherson (Saxophone)
Best Drummer/Percussionist (presented by Shiny Rabbit) – Daniel Susnjar
Best Electronic Producer (presented by Noisegate) – Feels
Best Guitarist (presented by Hammer Ink Merchandise) – Jacob Diamond
Best Keys/Synth Artist (presented by Yamaha | Sound Centre) – Harry Mitchell
Best Live Sound Engineer (presented by WAAPA | ECU) – Chris Wright
Best Studio Sound Engineer/Producer (Presented by SAE Qantm Creative) – Matt Gio (Rada Studio)
Best Vocalist (presented by Media Arts Lawyers) – Odette Mercy
KISS MY CAMERA AWARDS
Best Live Shot of a WA Act – Emanuel Rudnicki (The Southern River Band)
Best Live Shot of a Touring Act – Denis Radacic (The Butterfly Effect)
Best Press Shot of a WA Act – Matsu (Lincoln MacKinnon)
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