Gold Coast’s best songs revealed for 2019

Mass Sky Raid, Gold Coast

We’re celebrating the best music from across the Gold Coast with this week’s announcement of Gold Coast Music Awards finalists.

And what better place to start, than with songs.

This year’s entries for Song of the Year were incredibly diverse, well-produced, exceptionally-written tracks. Whittling the list of 60-odd killer tracks down to 12 was an impossibly difficult task, but hey, here we are and the resulting finalist playlist is amazing.

From the heavy riffs of Mass Sky Raid’s ‘Delirium’ through to the soulful offering from Cheap Fakes and the instantly recognisable opening bars of ‘I Said Hi’ by Amy Shark, the Awards’ Song of the Year finalists are serving up everything from pop, electronica, indie, country, rock and a whole bunch of genre mashups.

Sponsored by HOTA – Home of the Arts, the Song of the Year Award is judged on lyricism and musicality as well as innovation originality, creativity and production value. The potential reach of a song is also given great consideration by judges.

Amy Shark and Casey Barnes – both finalists for Song of the Year Award, are up for four gongs at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards. And while established artists are recognised, newcomers such as Elska, with her debut track ‘Boy’ are also in the mix.

Winners of the 2019 Gold Coast Music Awards are announced at a ticketed gala function on the beach in Surfers Paradise on 2 May with a free concert in Cavill Mall running concurrently and featuring Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur. The function, which is being hosted by Double J’s Sarah Howells, sells out every year and tickets are on sale now.


The Awards, now in their fifth year, are supported by City of Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Alliance as well as a host of other local organisations passionate about the city’s ongoing cultural evolution.

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