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Nominees Announced For AIR Independent Music Awards 2022

AIR is the Australian Independent Records Association. The annual AIR Awards recognise and celebrate the success of Australia’s indie musicians and independent music sector.

The 2022 AIR Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, 4th August, at Adelaide’s Freemasons Hall. The ceremony occurs midway through AIR’s annual Indie-con Australia conference, which runs from Wednesday, 3rd – Friday, 5th August. Full program and ticket details to be announced in June.

In the meantime, the 2022 AIR Awards nominees are here. The nominee pool shines a spotlight on a diverse pool of artists, including established acts The Jungle Giants, Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, Tex Perkins, Angus & Julia Stone, and The Rubens, and rising stars such as Genesis Owusu, RedHook, Amyl and the Sniffers, Jaguar Jonze and Maple Glider.

Find all nominees below.

Independent Album Of The Year

  • The Jungle Giants – Love Signs
  • Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
  • Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
  • Liz Stringer – First Time Really Feeling
  • Amyl And The Sniffers – Comfort To Me

Independent Song Of The Year

  • King Stingray – Get Me Out
  • Vance Joy – Missing Piece
  • Casey Barnes– God Took His Time On You
  • Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
  • Jaguar Jonze – Who Died And Made You King

Best Independent Soul/Rnb Album Or EP

  • Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Under These Streets
  • Milan Ring – I’m Feeling Hopeful
  • Parvyn – Sa
  • Liyah Knight – The Travellers Guide
  • The Soul Movers – Evolution

Best Independent Country Album Or Ep

  • Georgia State Line – In Colour
  • The Wolfe Brothers – Kids On Cassette
  • Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band – Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band
  • Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham – The Song Club
  • Andrew Swift – The Art Of Letting Go

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album Or EP

  • The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria – Live At Hamer Hall
  • Martha Marlow – Medicine Man
  • Maple Glider – To Enjoy Is The Only Thing
  • Angus & Julia Stone – Life Is Strange
  • Liz Stringer – First Time Really Feeling

Best Independent Pop Album Or EP

  • Ngaiire – 3
  • The Jungle Giants – Love Signs
  • Big Scary – Daisy
  • The Rubens – 0202
  • Imogen Clark – Bastards

Best Independent Rock Album Or Ep

  • Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
  • Mike Noga – Open Fire
  • Jimmy Barnes – Flesh And Blood
  • The Hard Ons – I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken
  • Hayley Mary – The Drip

Best Independent Classical Album Or Ep

  • Nat Bartsch – Hope
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti – River
  • Genevieve Lacey / Marshall Mcguire – Bower
  • Mirusia – Live In Concert
  • Grigoryan Brothers – This Is Us: A Musical Reflection Of Australia

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented By PPCA

  • Maple Glider
  • Martha Marlow
  • Teenage Joans
  • Telenova
  • Milan Ring

Best Independent Hip Hop Album Or EP

  • Chillinit – Family Ties
  • Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
  • Jesswar– Tropixx
  • Kobie Dee – Gratitude Over Pity
  • St. Christoph & Shaade – No Pressure

Best Independent Dance Or Electronica Album Or EP

  • Flight Facilities – Forever
  • Kučka – Wrestling
  • Telenova – Tranquilize Remixes
  • June Jones – Leafcutter
  • Pretty Girl – Middle Ground

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single

  • Shouse – Love Tonight (David Guetta Remix)
  • Confidence Man – Holiday
  • Pnau – Stranger Love Feat. Budjerah
  • Alice Ivy & Sycco – Weakness
  • June Jones – Home

Best Independent Jazz Album Or EP

  • Baby Et Lulu – Album Trois
  • Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
  • Joseph Tawadros – Hope In An Empty City
  • Hilary Geddes Quartet – Parkside
  • Sam Anning – Oaatchapai

Best Independent Punk Album Or EP

  • DZ Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part II
  • Loser – All The Rage
  • Mod Con – Modern Condition
  • Amyl And The Sniffers – Comfort To Me
  • RedHook – Bad Decisions

Best Independent Heavy Album Or EP

  • Twelve Foot Ninja – Vengeance
  • Void Of Vision – Chronicles I: Lust
  • Mirrors – The Ego’s Weight
  • Wolf & Cub – Dusk At The Watagan Forest Motel
  • Lord – Undercovers Vol. 1

Best Independent Children’s Album Or EP

  • Diver City – Dance Silly
  • Tiptoe Giants – Outside Time (My Favourite Time Of Day)
  • The Beanies – Let’s Go!
  • The Wiggles – Lullabies With Love
  • Spotty Kites – Easter Songs For Kids

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