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The Jungle Giants & RVG Lead 2018 Australian Independent Music Award Nominees

Written by Tom Williams on April 17, 2018

Local rockers The Jungle Giants and RVG lead all other nominees ahead of the 12th annual AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) Awards.

With over 40 local acts nominated for this year’s awards, the likes of singer-songwriters Alex Lahey, Jen Cloher and Stella Donnelly have also picked up multiple nominations.

Leading the pack, The Jungle Giants are up for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album Or EP, Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year.

Meanwhil, RVG are nominated for Best Independent Album Or EP, Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album, off the back of their debut album A Quality Of Mercy.

The 2017 AIR Awards were dominated by rap duo A.B. Original, who took home five awards from five nominations.

This year’s awards will take place at Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre on Thursday, 26th July. View the full list of nominees, below.

2018 AIR Award Nominees

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

ALEX LAHEY

BAKER BOY

JEN CLOHER

STELLA DONNELLY

THE JUNGLE GIANTS

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY

METHYL ETHEL – EVERYTHING IS FORGOTTEN

ALEX LAHEY – I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER

JEN CLOHER – JEN CLOHER

THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY

ALEX THE ASTRONAUT – SEE YOU SOON

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY

ALEX LAHEY – EVERY DAY’S THE WEEKEND

THE JUNGLE GIANTS – FEEL THE WAY I DO

BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA FEAT. YIRRMAL

METHYL ETHEL – UBU

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ANGIE MCMAHON – SLOW MOVER

BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY

STELLA DONNELLY – THRUSH METAL

THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

HORRORSHOW – BARDO STATE

BLISS N ESO – OFF THE GRID

ALLDAY – SPEEDING

WINSTON SURFSHIRT – SPONGE CAKE

BIRDZ – TRAIN OF THOUGHT

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

HALFWAY – LIVE AT THE TRIFFID

FANNY LUMSDEN – REAL CLASS ACT

CAITLYN SHADBOLT – SONGS ON MY SLEEVE

LEE KERNAGHAN – THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

THE TESKEY BROTHERS – HALF MILE HARVEST

THE WAIFS – IRONBARK

DAN SULTAN – KILLER

ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS – WHEN WE FALL

CAITI BAKER – ZINC

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY

BAD//DREEMS – GUTFUL

SLEEPMAKESWAVES – MADE OF BREATH ONLY

NORTHLANE – MESMER

THE SMITH STREET BAND – MORE SCARED OF YOU THAN YOU ARE OF ME

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – MURDER OF THE UNIVERSE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM OR EP

PNAU – CHANGA

CROOKED COLOURS – VERA

THRUPENCE – IDEAS OF AESTHETICS

SLUMBERJACK – FRACTURE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

TOUCH SENSITIVE – LAY DOWN

PNAU – GO BANG

BANOFFEE – RIPE

BENSON – TRYING (FEAT. YEO)

MOTEZ – THE FUTURE (FEAT. ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA)

CONFIDENCE MAN – BUBBLEGUM

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

THE VAMPIRES – THE VAMPIRES MEET LIONEL LOUEKE

JAMES MORRISON/BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA – THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

JEREMY ROSE – WITHIN AND WITHOUT

MY NAME IS NOBODY – MY NAME IS NOBODY

JOSEPH TAWADROS – LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM

GRIGORYAN BROTHERS – SONGS WITHOUT WORDS

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI – JONNY GREENWOOD WATER/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART NIGHT MUSIC

SLAVA GRIGORYAN – BACH: CELLO SUITES VOLUME II

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR/PAUL STANHOPE – PAUL STANHOPE: LUX AETERNA

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE/SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY – KATE MILLER-HEIDKE LIVE WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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