Violent Soho with Steve Bell of The Music, QMAs 2015 (30/03/15) / Photo: 77 Photography

Violent Soho, The Amity Affliction Among Queensland Music Awards Winners

Queensland locals Violent Soho, metalcore outfit The Amity Affliction and country group Halfway have taken home some of the biggest prizes from last night’s 2015 Queensland Music Awards.

Hosted by triple j‘s Sarah Howells and hip hop veteran Fred Leone (aka Rival MC), the 2015 QMAs saw Violent Soho claim the Album Of The Year award for their latest full-length, Hungry Ghost, while The Amity Affliction won The BOQ People’s Choice Most Popular Group Award and Halfway scored a nod for their track Dulcify, which won Song Of The Year and the Country Award.

Other awards on the night went to the likes of The Medics, whose song Wake Up took out the Indigenous Award, Cairns singer-songwriter Leanne Tennant, who collected the Blues & Roots Award for her track Bearing The Crown, and Airling’s song Wasted Pilots, which took out the coveted Pop Award.

The Grates’ recent single Holiday Home scooped the 2015 Rock Award, while producer The Kite String Tangle took home the Music Video Award for his Jason Bock-directed clip for Arcadia (below).

Screaming Tribesmen frontman Mick Medew, one of Queensland’s most influential rock singer/songwriters, was also awarded the Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Queensland music. View the full list of winners, below.

The Queensland Music Awards receive hundreds of entries from published and unpublished artists from all over the state each year. QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson says this year’s awards showed that Queensland’s musical talents are as strong as ever.

“Time and again, the Queensland Music Awards prove that Queensland produces some of Australia’s most talented and exciting musicians. The 2015 QMAs were no different,” Edmondson says.

“Queensland’s music industry is fueled by a unique kind of community spirit, giving emerging artists that extra bit of support they need to succeed. You can feel that spirit in the room at the QMAs.”

Watch: The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia

2015 Queensland Music Awards – Winners List

Schools (Grade 6 – 12)


Song Title: Days Of Doom

Writers: Saskia van Iperen, Alistair Marsden



Song Title: Wasted Pilots

Writers: Hannah Shepherd, Tom Iansek, Graham Ritchie


The Grates

Song Title: Holiday Home

Writers: Patience Hodgson, John Patterson


Leanne Tennant

Song Title: Bearing The Crown

Writers: Leanne Tennant



Song Title: Dulcify

Writers: John Busby, Chris Dale, Ben Johnson, Elwin Hawtin, Luke Peacock, John Willsteed



Song Title: None the Wiser

Writers: Joel Alexander, Terry Cassels, Paul Watson, Paul Donehue, Jeremie Nagabbo, Mikael Strand, Nick Torpy, Billie Weston

Folk / Singer Songwriter

Quintessential Doll

Song Title: Live Like I’m Dying

Writers: Steph Linsdell



Song Title: Enfants du Chemin (Children of the Road)

Writers: Pauline Maudy, Greta Kelly, Jordan Stamos, John Robertson, Stephen Cuttriss, Chloe Ann Williamson



Song Title: Closing Time

Writers: Kylie Southwell

Electronic / Dance

Michelle Xen

Song Title: Short Term Plan

Writers: Michelle Oxenham


Guards of May

Song Title: Numbers

Writers: James Harden, Keita Neralic, Richie Harvey, Damian Saloman, Levi Russell

Children’s Music

The Kangagang

Song Title: Hungry Crocodile Chomp

Writers: Carolyn Simpson


The Kite String Tangle

Song Title: Arcadia

Writers: Daniel M Harley


The Medics

Song Title: Wake Up

Writers: Kahl Wallace , Jhindu Lawrie, Andrew Thomson, Charles Thomas


The Vernons

Song Title: To The Sky

Writers: James K Nikiforides, Jonathan K Nyst

The BOQ People’s Choice Award – Most Popular Female

Sahara Beck

The BOQ People’s Choice Award – Most Popular Male

Bobby Alu

The BOQ People’s Choice Award – Most Popular Group

The Amity Affliction

Song of the Year


Song Title: Dulcify

Writers: John Busby, Chris Dale, Ben Johnson, Elwin Hawtin, Luke Peacock, John Willsteed

Album of the Year

Violent Soho

Album: Hungry Ghost

Billy Thorpe Scholarship


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