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WAMAwards Hall of Fame Inductees, Golden WAMi Nominees Revealed & Lineup Announced

10 Oct



On Thursday the 1st of November, The WAMAwards reveal their 35 award recipients of 2018 from the new home of the annual event, The Hyatt Regency Perth. The night will also welcome two new Hall of Fame inductees Dixie Battersby and The Stems, alongside performances from some of WA’s best soloists and bands.

Adding to this night-of-nights for the Perth music community, will be live performances by Perth’s iconic rock n roll royalty and Hall of Fame inductees The Stems, much loved duo Gina Williams and Guy House, seven-time WAM Award nominee Carla Geneve, the sassy and energetic stage persona that is Your Girl Pho, the adored hip hop producer and emcee Hyclass, the mesmerising jazz heroes of Gemma Farrell Quintet plus alt country Wild Westers Ralway Bell. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the sound pros at Perth Audio Visual to ensure all our local stars sound their very best on the big night.

Local legends Bourby Webster (founder of Perth Symphony Orchestra) and Blake Williams (Actor, Television and Radio Presenter) will be heading up the evening as our captivating emcee’s. 


The Golden WAMi Award has been the defining nod in Western Australia’s music industry for many years, giving recognition to those who have made a significant contribution to West Australian music through their careers. Past winners include beloved and respected industry successes Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music) and Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival) and this year brings an impressive list of Nominees:

2018 Golden WAMi Award Nominees

Caitlin Nienaber

Chris Wheeldon

James Newhouse

Luke Rinaldi

Tenille Elkins

Tom Fisher



From humble beginnings working at Thompsons Record store in Perth city in the late 70’s, Dixie Battersby formed friendships with bands who frequented the shop which would be the founding relationships of her impressive career to come. Her early acquaintances with bands, particularly The Triffids saw it take little time at all for Dixie to land a job working at the prestigious EMI in 1983 for which she still contracts. In 2013 Dixie formed DB publicity, her stand alone publicity agency and during her career she has executed publicity campaigns for the likes of Katy Perry, The Beatles, 360, Angus & Julia Stone, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sam Smith, Alison Wonderland, Something For Kate, Troye Sivan, Beck, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Empire Of The Sun, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Neil and Tim Finn, Little Birdy, Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, The Living End, Sleepy Jackson, John Williamson, Bob Evans, Paul Dempsey, The Avalanches, Olympia, Keith Urban, Banks, Sarah Blasko and many more.


The Stems epitomized 80’s indie rock, giving it a wider currency. They are one of only a handful of bands (among them the Hoodoo Gurus and The Sunnyboys) that cracked the mainstream charts with an indie approach in the 80’s. The band released a series of independent records on Sydney’s Citadel Records with each release reaching #1 on the Australian alternative charts. But it was their debut album, released on Mushroom records, AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE in 1987 that received national and international acclaim becoming one of the best-selling Australian albums of that year despite an almost total lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s. Rolling Stone named their album “At First Sight” one of the top 100 releases of all time. Appearances on Countdown, magazine covers, sold out shows were to follow. The band continue to play selective shows to this day to sold out audiences in Australia and abroad. 


WAM proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by all our WAMFest partners and sponsors.

WAMFest 2018

Presenting Partner 


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Supporting Partners

   APRA         moshtix        SAE

Associate Partners

ECU               yamahasoundcentre

Awards Sponsors

Advanced Electrical Equipment           Alex Hotel           Badlands Bar

Blues at Bridgetown        City of Perth    Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle

Fairbridge Festival                  Footstomp Music                    Freo Social

Hyatt Regency Perth         Johnny Ma Studios             Lolly Box Music

Media Arts lawyers                 Mojo’s Cool Perth Nights                 Mustang Bar

NAIDOC Music Awards             Nannup Music Festival

Noisegate             RAC Arena          Perth Theatre Trust

RAC Arena            Rosemount Hotel           Shiny Rabbit

Sorrento Strategic Music        The Aardvark        The Bird

The Poster Girls

Media Partners

Happy Mag         RTRFM 92.1           scenestr          The music

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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.