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
Dan Sultan – Blackbird – WINNER
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Oddments
Teeth & Tongue – Grids
Total Control – Typical System
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – WINNER
Teeth & Tongue
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
Dan Sultan – WINNER
Best Female Artist
Courtney Barnett – WINNER
Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue)
Best Emerging Artist
Remi – WINNER
Best Live Band
Saskwatch – WINNER
170 Russell, Melbourne
Corner Hotel, Richmond – WINNER
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
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