Stella Donnelly announced as WAMFest headliner, Carla Geneve leads WAMAwards
Carla, alongside Stella, DULCIE, Grace Barbé and Harry Mitchell, emerge victorious from last night’s celebration of Perth music.
After a month of private and public – in certain categories – voting, last night saw the winners of the WAMAwards officially unveiled, shining a light on the heavyweights of the Perth live music scene who have strived and thrived across the last month. Carla Geneve and Jamilla – two acts we’re proud to have gotten behind and celebrated across the last year (and beyond) – lead the way in nominations, while the general nominees list – some hundred-odd artists long – really encapsulated the brilliance of the greater West Australian music scene and their many triumphs across the past twelve months.
At the Hyatt Regency Ballroom last night, it was Carla Geneve who led the winner’s list – to the surprise of no-one, considering her dominance this year – taking home four awards for Best Rock Act, Best Single, Best Guitarist and Best EP (the former two for the second year in a row) as Stella Donnelly won three, while DULCIE, Grace Barbé and Harry Mitchell picked up two awards each. In this year’s public voted categories, DULCIE led the way with both the Most Popular Act and Most Popular New Act awards; Spacey Jane was crowned the Most Popular Live Act; Falls Festival took out Most Popular Event for the second year in a row, while Mojo’s, the Fremantle institution crucial for the breaking out of up-and-coming Perth artists, took out Most Popular Venue.
Elsewhere, Stella Donnelly’s Beware Of The Dogs won Album Of The Year; Hyclass took out the hip-hop award for the second year running; Sly Withers won the punk/hardcore category and SUPEREGO won Best Urban Act. This year’s Golden WAMi – celebrating people who have made life-long contributions to the greater WA Music scene – went to Nigel Bird, as Rhubarb Records won label of the year.
The WAMAwards also come with a couple of other small inklings of very, very exciting news. This year, the WAMFest lineup came news of a secret headliner to be announced – now unveiled as Stella Donnelly, who will play a free gig at The Bird tomorrow night – as well as the announcement of a surprise afterparty at Perth’s newest venue The Recabile, featuring a special guest to be announced.
Find the full winner’s list below, and join us in congratulating the WA music world for yet another stand-out year. Whether you took an award home or not, you can leave knowing that you have contributed to one of recent memory’s best years for the state in their arts and music programs –– something shown with the massive success of WA acts on the east coast and internationally.
WAMAwards 2019 Winners:
Artist Of The Year (presented by Fifa Riccobono) – Stella Donnelly
Best Album (presented by Indian Ocean Hotel) – Stella Donnelly (Beware of the Dogs)
Best Blues/Roots Act (presented by Blues at Bridgetown) – Lincoln MacKinnon
Best Country Act (presented by Nannup Music Festival) – The Little Lord Street Band
Best EP (presented by Rosemount Hotel) – Carla Geneve (Carla Geneve)
Best Experimental Act (presented by RTRFM) – Eduardo Cossio
Best Folk Act (presented by Clancy’s Fishpub Fremantle) – Jack Davies & The Bush Chooks
Best Hip-Hop Act (presented by APRA AMCOS) – Hyclass
Best Indigenous Act (presented by NAIDOC Music Awards) – The Struggling Kings
Best Jazz Act (presented by The Alex Hotel) – Harry Mitchell Quartet
Best Live Electronic Act (presented by Pilerats) – Your Girl Pho
Best Metal/Heavy Act (presented by Hammer Ink Merchandise) – Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
Best Music Video (presented by Screenwest) – Jamilla (Bloom)
Best Pop Act (presented by Lolly Box Music) – Stella Donnelly
Best Punk/Hardcore Act (presented by Scenestr) – Sly Withers
Best Regional Act (presented by Settlers Tavern) – Blue Child Collective
Best Rock Act (presented by Badlands Bar) – Carla Geneve
Best Single (presented by The Bird) – Carla Geneve (Things Change)
Best Urban Act (presented by Sorrento Strategic Music) – Superego
Best World Act (presented by Fairbridge Festival) – Grace Barbé
Golden WAMi (presented by City of Perth) – Nigel Bird (WAM)
Label of the Year (presented by moshtix) – Rhubarb Records
Most Popular Act (presented by Freo.Social) – Dulcie
Most Popular Live Act (presented by RAC Arena) – Spacey Jane
Most Popular Music Event (presented by Media Arts Lawyers) – Falls Festival
Most Popular New Act (presented by The Aardvark) – Dulcie
Most Popular Venue (presented by The Poster Girls) – Mojo’s Bar
Best Bassist (presented by Hyperfest) – Kate Pass and Roy Martinez
Best Brass/String/Woodwind Instrumentalist (presented by Lotterywest) – Ricki Malet (Trumpet)
Best Drummer/Percussionist (presented by Mega Music) – Talya Valenti
Best Electronic Producer (presented by Bankwest) – Feels
Best Guitarist (presented by Forrest Chase) – Carla Geneve
Best Keys/Synth Artist (presented by Hyatt Regency Perth) – Harry Mitchell
Best Live Sound Engineer (presented by Mustang Bar) – Chris Wright
Best Studio Sound Engineer/Producer (Presented by SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute) – Broderick Madden-Scott (Tunafish Recording Company)
Best Vocalist (presented by Shiny Rabbit) – Grace Barbé
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