MF’s Hot Tips! FBi SMAC Nominees

In the interests of thorough reporting, Music Feeds is delivering this important announcement from the back room of Youeni Provides cafe in Paddington. Sipping my smooth yet strong soy cappuccino, with the soft crash of Jack White’s guitar and harmonica drifting through from the front bar, I can indeed verify this cafe has rightly earned its place among FBi radio’s Sydney Music Arts and Culture Awards.

Sydney’s veins are rushing with innovative creativity, and the SMAC Awards are devoted to recognising the culture-makers who are responsible for it.

Youeni Provides is one of the nominees for Best Eats, but the awards stretch as far as Best Album, Best Visual Artist, Best Arts Event, Best On Screen, with many more categories in between.

This year sees the inclusion of the Remix The City category, for a person or collective who has imagined and brought to life an entirely different vision for creative city life.

Here are this year’s nominees, and our two cents’ worth of the winners.

Next Big Thing


Oliver Tank


Lanie Lane (MF’s pick, for unique talent that tops the hype)

Matt Corby

Royal Headache


Best Visual Artist

Dara Gill (MF’s pick, coz this guy’s on a roll. 2011 has brought him several solo shows at prominent artist-run galleries like Chippo’s MOP, and a Jumpstart mentorship)

Bridie Connell

Dan Boyd

Daniel O’Toole (aka Ears)

Justin Shoulder

Tim Moore

Best Arts Event

Underbelly Arts

Imperial Panda Festival

Gallery A.S.

Outpost (MF’s pick, for taking the legitimisation of street art to the next level, and for its spectacularly well suited location.)

Late Night Library, Surry Hills

Secret Wars

Best Collective

Ampersand Magazine (MF’s pick, for making the printed word respected once more in the digital age of pixels and blogs. No mean feat.)

Dirty Shirlow’s


Big Village



Best Eats

Youeni Provides (MF’s pick, for the aforementioned reasons.)

Orto Trading

The Dip

Feather and Bone

Bar H Surry Hills

Izakaya Fujiyama


Best Live Music Act

Kirin J. Callinan


The Snowdroppers

The Laurels

Jinja Safari

The Jezabels (MF’s pick, for their ubiquity, and their consistent, confident debut album.)


Best Major Festival

Harvest (MF’s pick, for it’s impossibly sublime line-up of Portishead, The National, The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio…)

Peats Ridge

Vivid Live

Musica Tumbalong


Best Music Event


Goodgod Long Birthday Nights


Radiant Live (MF’s pick, not just because of FBi Radio nepotism, but due to this show’s exposure of excellent fringe Sydney live music.)


Rabbit Hole

Mad Racket

Best On Screen

Sam Bennets for ‘Act Your Age’ (Blue Juice)

Brendan Cowell for ‘Run’ (Charge Group) (MF’s pick, for Cowell’s unbeatable combo of mainstream recognition and independent credibility.)

Emma Tomelty for ‘Speak of the Devil’ (Hermitude)

Luci Schroder for ‘Sophisticated Lover’ (Donny Benét)

SPOD for ‘Pixyphony’ (KYU)

Byron Quandry for ‘Feel a Thing’ (Emma Davis)

Sixty40 for ‘Out In The Streets’ (Africa Hitech)

Best on Stage

Holly Austin – Boxing Day

Belinda Bromilow – This Year’s Ashes

Nick Coyle – Me Pregnant!

Claudia O’Doherty – What is Soil Erosion?

Gareth Davies and Sharlie Garber – Masterclass

Tim Stiz – Lloyd Beckman, Beekeeper

Post (Zoe Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor, Nat Rose and Eden Falk) – Who’s the best? (MF’s pick, because the momentum is behind Coombs Marr since she snared the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award last month.)

Best Song

Alps – Sail Away

Flume – Sleepless feat. Anthony and Cleopatra

Ghoul – Lodum (Rising)

Hermitude – Speak of the Devil

Jack Ladder – Cold Feet

Jonathon Boulet – You’re An Animal

Matt Corby – Brother (MF’s pick. From Australian Idol kick back to FBi Radio golden boy. Who would’ve thought? ‘Brother’ has the anthemic melody, insistent percussion and indie sound to become this summer’s song.)

Melodie Nelson – My Johnny

Lime Cordiale – Say It

Nantes – Fly

Palms – The Summer Is Done With Us

The Rescue Ships – On The Air

Record of the Year

Africa Hi-Tech – 93 Million Miles

Belles Will Ring – Crystal Theatre

Collarbones – Iconography

Seekae – +Dome (MF’s pick. It’s been Seekae’s year, really. As anyone who’s seen them create their sequinned, stuttering electronica live will know, these guys are sonic magicians.)

Lanie Lane – To The Horses

Megastick Fanfare – Grit Aglow

Royal Headache – Royal Headache

Remix the City

Alaska Projects

The Gate Presents No Fixed Address

Jurassic Lounge

Art and About

The Paper Mill (MF’s pick, for bringing colour and vibrance to a grey CBD lane, and in doing so, capturing this city’s collective imagination. The Paper Mill closes it’s doors this month, and a SMAC will be the perfect farewell to this artist-run gallery.)


SMAC of The Year is industry voted and the winner will be revealed on the night.

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