Nominees Announced For The 2023 National Live Music Awards – The Music

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Following a two-year break, the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are returning to numerous locations across the country on Wednesday, 11 October.

Today, at BIGSOUND, the NLMAs shares its expansive list of nominees for this year’s award ceremony, with King Stingray and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard leading the nominations, each holding six nods. On five nominations is Electric Fields, four apiece for Genesis Owusu and ACT punks Glitoris, while Amyl & The Sniffers, RVG, Ngaiire, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, and Camp Cope are all nominated for three awards.

Elsewhere, Baker Boy, Big hART & Songs for Freedom, Prinnie Stevens, G-Flip, and Josh Pyke have received a nomination for the all-important Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) award.

This morning, the National Live Music Awards revealed its recipients of the Live Legends program: Yothu Yindi and Frontier Touring’s Susan Heymann.

Voting in the public categories – Best Live Act, Voice, Event, and Venue is now open via the NLMAs website.

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“What a welcome sight it is to see the host of nominees for this year’s National Live Music Awards,” NLMA Founding Board Member Damian Cunningham said in a press release. “The awards are here to honour all those amazing artists, bands and individuals who have made your live music industry one of the best in the world.

“We look forward to welcoming nominees, industry and the public to our events around the country in October to find out who wins.”

Only 50 free tickets are available to attend the intimate NLMA events across the country (you can buy tickets here), with more tickets made available once people vote in the public categories. Tickets are available now until 19 September, with each vote going in the draw to win tickets.

The Darwin Railway Club, Adelaide’s Jive, Melbourne’s Music Market, Hobart’s Simple Complex, Brisbane’s Stranded, Northbridge’s The Bird, Sydney’s The Great Club, and Canberra’s UC Hub are the sites for the National Live Music Awards events.

Check out all the nominees below.


2023 Live Legend Inductees

National Awards

MMAD – Musicians Making a Difference Award

Presented by MMAD

For his work in celebrating the Yolngu language through music and connecting First Nations young people in remote communities to their potential.

Big hART & Songs for Freedom

For their advocacy work in raising awareness of the disproportionate incarceration rates of Aboriginal children in Australian prisons through their national touring production.

For celebrating the historic power of the female voice and the transformation of pain into music through her album and stage show, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’

For their advocacy work in encouraging conversation about gender identity.

For championing indigenous languages through music in primary schools while raising funds through Busking for Change.

Best Live Act

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Best Live Voice

Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (King Stingray)

Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)

Best Live Guitarist

Andrew Glitoris (Glitoris)

Chloe Dadd (May-a, Peach PRC, Solo)

Joey Walker (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard)

Roy Kellaway (King Stingray)

Sophie McComish (Body Type)

Best Live Bassist

Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope)

Lucas Harwood (King Gizzard)

Steele Chabau (Butterfingers, James Johnston, Katie Noonan and more…)

Best Live Drummer – The Sheddy

Sarah Thompson (Camp Cope)

Michael Cavanagh (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard)

Lewis Stiles (King Stingray)

Best Live Instrumentalist

Kirsty Tickle (Party Dozen)

Best Live Photographer

Presented by beehive

Best Live Journalist

Best Live Event

Presented by The Music

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Best Stage & Light Design

Presented by Novatech

Gang of Youths – Emile Frederick

Genesis Owusu – Alex McCoy and Pat Babekuhl

Rüfüs Du Sol – Matthew Smith and Alex ‘Katzki’ George

Tame Impala – Rob Sinclair

Vera Blue – Nathan Dagostino, Nicholas Beachen and Rachael Johnston

Best International Tour

Presented by Live Event Logistics

Angel Olsen – Big Time Tour 2023 – Supersonic

Ed Sheeran – + – = ÷ x Tour – Frontier Touring

Harry Styles – Love on Tour – Live Nation

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Australian Carnage Tour – Supersonic

Sleaford Mods – AUS Tour 2023 – Handsome Tours

Genre Awards

Best Indie/Rock/Alternative Act

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Best Hip Hop Act

Best DJ/Electronic Act

Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Act

Presented by HEAVY

Best Pop Act

Best Punk/Hardcore Act

Presented by HEAVY

Best Folk Act

Best Blues & Roots Act

Jack Biilmann & The Black Tide 

Best Country Act

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys 

Hana and Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits

Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes

Best R&B or Soul Act

Emma Donovan and the Putbacks

Best Classical Act

Australian String Quartet

Australian Vocal Ensemble (AVÉ) feat. Katie Noonan, Fiona Campbell, Andrew Goodwin and Andrew O’Connor 

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Best Jazz Act

State and Territory Awards

A local NLMA: Industry Achievement Award winner will be revealed at each event on the night. 

Best Live Act in NSW

Presented by 2SER

Best Live Voice in NSW

Best Live Venue in NSW

Best Live Event in NSW

Presented by Oztix 

Best Live Act in VIC

Presented by SYN

Emma Donovan and the Putbacks

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Best Live Voice in VIC

Presented by Music Victoria

Best Live Venue in VIC

Best Live Event in VIC

Presented by Oztix

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Best Live Act in QLD

Presented by 4ZZZ

Best Live Voice in QLD

Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze)

Best Live Venue in QLD

Presented by Red Octopus

Fortitude Music Hall
The Brightside

Best Live Event in QLD

Presented by Oztix

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Best Live Act in the ACT

Presented by BMA

Best Live Voice in the ACT

Cormac McKahey (Sonic Reducer)

Tasha Nauenburg (Bad Lunar)

Best Venue in the ACT

UCLivex – UC Refectory & UC Hub

Best Live Event in the ACT

Presented by Oztix

Best Live Act in the NT

Southeast Desert Metal Band

Best Live Voice in the NT

Aidan Lijanga (Katanga Junior)

Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (King Stingray)

Best Live Venue in the NT

Epilogue Lounge & Rooftop Bar

Best Live Event in the NT

Presented by Oztix

SA – Presented by Three D Radio

Best Live Act in SA

Presented by City of Adelaide

Best Live Voice in SA

Presented by Three D Radio

Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)

Best Live Venue in SA

Best Live Event in SA

Presented by Oztix

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival

PAK Music Live at Wundenbergs

TAS – Presented by Edge Radio 99.3FM

Best Live Act in TAS

Presented by City of Hobart

Live Voice in TAS

Presented by Simple

Best Live Venue in TAS

Presented by Edge Radio

Best Live Event in TAS

Presented by Oztix

Pangaea – a festival of the arts, culture & sustainability

Best Live Act in WA

Presented by RTR FM

Best Live Voice in WA

Brendon Humphries (The Kill Devil Hills)

Best Live Venue in WA

Best Live Event in WA

Presented by Oztix

Hidden Treasures – Fremantle’s Music Series

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