The Drones, Paul Kelly Among First Music Victoria Awards Winners

The inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards took place at Billboard in Melbourne last night, and Paul Kelly and The Drones were the big winners, taking home two awards apiece.

Kelly won the best male award, as well as outstanding release of the year award for his latest effort Spring And Fall, as voted by readers online. The Drones took out best band and best live band, proving that Victorians are as passionate as ever about the Garreth Liddiard-led 5-piece.

Future soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote were named best emerging artists for 2013, while sister act Stonefield won the best regional act award. Former Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita was named best female and singer-songwriter Vance Joy saw his track Riptide named best song.

Songstress Renee Geyer was inducted in to the Hall of Fame on the evening, performing a greatest hits package that showcased her soulful voice. Geyer said the award was a career-topping milestone. “This award means so much… I’m thrilled to be the first solo inductee to The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame.”

Other live performers on the night included indie pop duo Big Scary, singer-songwriter Archie Roach and country soul singer Dan Sultan. Readers can check out the full list of winners below.

The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame

Michael Gudinski

Renée Geyer

Best Album

Spring and Fall – Paul Kelly

All Day Venus – Adalita

Calendar Days – Dick Diver

I See Seaweed – The Drones

Not Art – Big Scary

Best Song

Riptide – Vance Joy

Nono/Yoyo – Standish/Carlyon

Head On/ Pill – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

History Eraser – Courtney Barnett

I’m In Love – Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

Best Band

The Drones

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes

Dick Diver

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


Best Male Artist

Paul Kelly

Archie Roach

David Bridie



Best Female Artist


Courtney Barnett

Evelyn Morris (Pikelet)

Jen Cloher

Kylie Auldist

Best Emerging Artist

Hiatus Kaiyote

Andras Fox

Brighter Later

Damn Terran

Fraser A. Gorman

Best Live Band

The Drones

Bombay Royale

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes


Money For Rope

Best Festival

Meredith Music Festival

All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror


Golden Plains

Sugar Mountain

Best Venue

The Corner Hotel

The Caravan Club

The Forum

The Old Bar

The Toff In Town

Best Regional Act


Gold Fields

Hunting Grounds

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

Yacht Club DJs

Best Regional Venue

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland

The Barwon Club, Geelong

The Bridge, Castlemaine

(via The Age)

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