Dan Sultan, Courtney Barnett Win Big At Music Victoria Awards

The winners for the 2014 Age Music Victoria Public Awards are in. The big victors of the night were Dan Sultan and Courtney Barnett, who took home Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist, respectively.

Sultan beat stiff competition in Chet Faker and Vance Joy to take the Best Male Artist gong, while also picking up Best Album behind highly praised record Blackbird. Barnett also snatched a $2,500 cash prize for Best Song with top-notch track Avant Gardener.

Best Band went to Carlton psychedelic heroes King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, while Melbourne rapper Remi, who last month won a $50K grant at the Carlton Dry AIR Independent Music Awards, grabbed Best Emerging Artist. The award comes with a free trip to next year’s BigSound in Brisbane and a set at the conference’s showcase.

Other notable winners include Saskwatch for Best Live Band and Meredith Music Festival, winning Best Festival for the second year running. Ceremony highlights included 70s rock band Daddy Cool playing a greatest hit set, performances from Davey Lane, Stonefield, and Sultan, and rock journalist and historian Ed Nimmervoll’s induction into the Hall of Fame by Russell Morris.

Full list of winners below.

Watch: Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

Age Music Victoria Public Awards

Best Album

Dan Sultan – Blackbird – WINNER

HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Oddments

Teeth & Tongue – Grids

Total Control – Typical System

Best Band

Client Liaison

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – WINNER

Teeth & Tongue

Total Control


Best Song

Banoffee – Got It

Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener – WINNER

Fraser A Gorman – Book Of Love

Laura Jean – My First Love Song

Total Control – Flesh War

Best Male Artist

Chet Faker

Dan Sultan – WINNER


Rob Snarski

Vance Joy

Best Female Artist

Courtney Barnett – WINNER

Jen Cloher

Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue)

Laura Jean

Missy Higgins

Best Emerging Artist


Client Liaison

D.D Dumbo

Milwaukee Banks


Best Live Band

Cosmic Psychos

Graveyard Train


King Parrot

Saskwatch – WINNER

Best Venue

170 Russell, Melbourne

Cherry, Melbourne

Corner Hotel, Richmond – WINNER

Howler, Brunswick

The Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Best Festival


Falls Festival

Golden Plains

Laneway Festival

Meredith Music Festival – WINNER

Best Regional Venue

Barwon Club, Geelong

Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine – WINNER

Hallam Hotel, Hallam

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan

Best Regional Act


Cosmic Psychos – WINNER

D.D Dumbo

Freya Hollick


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