After months of deliberation by over 100 Australian and international music industry figures, the 2020 QMA finalists have been announced today, with six Gold Coast artists set to take on some of the industry’s heavyweights.
Gold Coasters Busby Marou, IVEY, Eliza and the Delusionals, DVNA, and Bobby Alu are all up for gongs along with Gold Coast-Brisbane punk rockers Being Jane Lane, sitting pretty on a list that includes power-hitters WAAX, The Jungle Giants, Miiesha, Mau Power, Greta Stanley, Osaka Punch, Milton Man Gogh and many more.
No strangers to accolades, longstanding Australian duo Busby Marou are up for not one but four gongs at this year’s Queensland Music Awards, with their single ‘Lucky Stars’ going up against Cub Sport, Jungle Giants and fellow GC-ers IVEY in the Pop category, while ‘Naba Norem (The Reef Song)’ clearly hit home for many in 2019, gaining a finalist spot in three of the categories: Blues / Roots, Indigenous, and Regional. With Tom Busby calling Currumbin home for several years, you can be sure we’ll be cheering on the guys at this year’s event.
Young indie pop stars IVEY are going from strength to strength following their stand out performance at this year’s Gold Coast showcase at BIGSOUND, and are up for the Pop category for their dance banger ‘Bodies’.
DVNA, who also slayed at BIGSOUND and is set to hit the big time following her recent signing with Falcona Agency, is flying the Gold Coast flag high in the Regional category with her single ‘Looking Like a Snack’.
The charming and delightful Gold Coast / Byron singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Alu will no doubt be as charmed and delighted by his Blues and Roots nod for ‘Dust’ as we are for him. Yay Bobby!
Talented indie rockers Eliza and the Delusionals just can’t seem to the stop the momentum they’re building, with a well deserved finalist placement in the Rock category for their much-lauded track ‘Just Exist’.
Finally, although they’ve since taken our fair Queensland capital by storm, you’ll never take the Gold Coast heart out of our beloved hardcore punkers Being Jane Lane, who’ve definitely earned their Heavy category finalist place for ‘Savage Sunday’, through a combination of sheer sweat and pure talent.
The QMAs will be held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at The Fortitude Music Hall, Fortitude Valley. You can check out the full list of finalists, find out more about the event and purchase tickets at queenslandmusicawards.com.au.
Presented by Oztix, the QMA People’s Choice Awards, are also now open via themusic.com.au and ready for the public to cast their votes to determine Queensland’s best Venues and Festival of the Year.