Flume And Jagwar Ma Lead Independent Music Awards Nominations

Nominees for the eighth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Award have today been revealed with AIR delivering the shortlist of artists, both upcoming and established, whom have excelled within the independent market. This years obvious favourites are Flume and Jagwar Ma, coming in with 5 nominations each.

Flume and Jagwar Ma are in the running for the same five awards – Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album, Best Independent Single Or EP, Best Independent Dance/Electronic/Club Single and Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album.

Having been nominated in previous years, Big Scary are back for some more with 3 nominations and Seth Sentry and Vance Joy up for two each. Of course, with high profile acts such as The Drones, Flight Facilities and RÜFÜS also in contention, most categories remain anyone’s game.

For the first year ever, the Independent Music Awards will be offering the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant which will see a cool $50,000 go to one of the nominated artists. The cash can be spent on recording, touring and breaking the O/S market.

The awards will once again be held at Revolt Art Space in Melbourne, with live performances from Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Saskwatch, Big Scary, Seth Sentry and RÜFÜS. You can check out the full list of nominees below.

The 8th Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

Wednesday, 9th October

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington, Melbourne

And the nominees are…

Best Independent Artist

Big Scary

Dick Diver


Jagwar Ma

The Drones

Best Independent Album

Big Scary – Not Art (Pieater)

Dick Diver – Calendar Daus (Chapter Music)

Flume – Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)

The Drones – I Sea Seaweed (MGM)

Breakthrough Artist Of The Year

Courtney Barnett

Kirin J Callinan

Seth Sentry

The Rubens

Vance Joy

Best Independent Single Or EP

Big Scary – Luck Now (Pieater)

Courtney Barnett – History Eraser (Milk! Records)

Flume – Holdin’ On (Future Classic)

Jagwa Ma – Man I Need (Future Classic)

Vance Joy – God Loves You When You’re Dancing (Liberation Music)

Best Independent Hip Hop Album

Bliss n Eso – Circus In The Sky (Illusive)

Illy – Bring It Back (Obese Records)

Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow (High Score Records)

Spit Syndicate – Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records)

Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt (Elefant Traks)

Best Independent Country Album

Baylou – Go To Hell and I Love You (ABC Music)

Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough (ABC Music)

Karl Broadie – A Side B Side Seaside (WJO)

The Sunny Cowgirls – What We Do (WJO)

Lee Kernaghan – Beautiful Noise (ABC Music)

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album

Mama Kin – The Magician’s Daughter (MGM)

Mia Dyson – The Moment (MGM)

Paul Kelly – Spring And Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings)

Tim Rogers – Rogers Sings Rogerstein (Four | Four)

The Cat Empire – Steal The Light (Two Shoes Record)

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)

Kingswood – Change Of Heart (Capgun Kids)

Parkway Drive – Atlas (Resist Records)

The Mark Of Cain – Songs Of The Third and Fifth (Feel Presents)

The Smith Street Band – Sunshine And Technology (Poison City Records)

Best Independent Jazz Album

Allan Browne Trio – Lost In The Stars (Jazzhead)

Christopher Hale – Sylvan Coda (Which Way Music)

Jonathan Zwartz – The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air (Planet)

Magnet – Magnet (Magnet Sounds)

Trichotomy – Fact Finding Mission (Jazzhead Records)

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album

Collarbones – Die Young (Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control)

Flume – Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)

ShockOne – Universes (OneLove)

Yolanda Be Cool – Ladies And Mentalman (Sweat It Out)

Best Independent Dance, Electronic Or Club Single

Charles Murdoch – Dekire featuring Oscar Key Sung (Future Classic)

Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Independent / AWAL)

Flume – Holdin On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma – Man I Need (Future Classic)

RUFUS – Take Me (Sweat it Out)

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