The Jungle Giants & RVG Lead 2018 Australian Independent Music Award Nominees

Written by Tom Williams on 20th April, 2018

The Jungle Giants & RVG Lead 2018 Australian Independent Music Award Nominees

Local rockers The Jungle Giants and RVG lead all other nominees ahead of the 12th annual AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) Awards.

With over 40 local acts nominated for this year’s awards, the likes of singer-songwriters Alex Lahey, Jen Cloher and Stella Donnelly have also picked up multiple nominations.

Leading the pack, The Jungle Giants are up for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album Or EP, Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year.

Meanwhil, RVG are nominated for Best Independent Album Or EP, Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album, off the back of their debut album A Quality Of Mercy.

The 2017 AIR Awards were dominated by rap duo A.B. Original, who took home five awards from five nominations.

This year’s awards will take place at Adelaide’s Queen’s Theatre on Thursday, 26th July. View the full list of nominees, below.

2018 AIR Award Nominees

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

ALEX LAHEY
BAKER BOY
JEN CLOHER
STELLA DONNELLY
THE JUNGLE GIANTS

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
METHYL ETHEL – EVERYTHING IS FORGOTTEN
ALEX LAHEY – I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER
JEN CLOHER – JEN CLOHER
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY
ALEX THE ASTRONAUT – SEE YOU SOON

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
ALEX LAHEY – EVERY DAY’S THE WEEKEND
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – FEEL THE WAY I DO
BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA FEAT. YIRRMAL
METHYL ETHEL – UBU

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ANGIE MCMAHON – SLOW MOVER
BAKER BOY – MARRYUNA
RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
STELLA DONNELLY – THRUSH METAL
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – QUIET FEROCITY

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

HORRORSHOW – BARDO STATE
BLISS N ESO – OFF THE GRID
ALLDAY – SPEEDING
WINSTON SURFSHIRT – SPONGE CAKE
BIRDZ – TRAIN OF THOUGHT

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

HALFWAY – LIVE AT THE TRIFFID
FANNY LUMSDEN – REAL CLASS ACT
CAITLYN SHADBOLT – SONGS ON MY SLEEVE
LEE KERNAGHAN – THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

THE TESKEY BROTHERS – HALF MILE HARVEST
THE WAIFS – IRONBARK
DAN SULTAN – KILLER
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS – WHEN WE FALL
CAITI BAKER – ZINC

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

RVG – A QUALITY OF MERCY
BAD//DREEMS – GUTFUL
SLEEPMAKESWAVES – MADE OF BREATH ONLY
NORTHLANE – MESMER
THE SMITH STREET BAND – MORE SCARED OF YOU THAN YOU ARE OF ME
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – MURDER OF THE UNIVERSE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM OR EP

PNAU – CHANGA
CROOKED COLOURS – VERA
THRUPENCE – IDEAS OF AESTHETICS
SLUMBERJACK – FRACTURE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

TOUCH SENSITIVE – LAY DOWN
PNAU – GO BANG
BANOFFEE – RIPE
BENSON – TRYING (FEAT. YEO)
MOTEZ – THE FUTURE (FEAT. ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA)
CONFIDENCE MAN – BUBBLEGUM

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

THE VAMPIRES – THE VAMPIRES MEET LIONEL LOUEKE
JAMES MORRISON/BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA – THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
JEREMY ROSE – WITHIN AND WITHOUT
MY NAME IS NOBODY – MY NAME IS NOBODY
JOSEPH TAWADROS – LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM

GRIGORYAN BROTHERS – SONGS WITHOUT WORDS
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI – JONNY GREENWOOD WATER/WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART NIGHT MUSIC
SLAVA GRIGORYAN – BACH: CELLO SUITES VOLUME II
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR/PAUL STANHOPE – PAUL STANHOPE: LUX AETERNA
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE/SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY – KATE MILLER-HEIDKE LIVE WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


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