The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017
Twelve years on and The Age Music Victoria Awards have established themselves as a calendar event in the diary’s of the states music industry professionals. A wholesome celebration for all the gears in the machine of Victoria’s impossibly fertile music scene, The Age’s Music Awards set themselves apart with their breadth of categories. Aside from the conventional awards for ‘best album’, ‘best artist’ and the traditional genre accolades, the Age’s awards embark a stretch further and honour live performances, outstanding venues (both metropolitan and rural, large and small), best emerging acts, Aboriginal acts and the best festival carousings in the state.
Following the Awards the traditional after party ensues, an event which is equally earmarked amongst the industry as unequivocal ‘must see’ as it is as an opportunity to keep pace with the perpetual production line that is Victoria’s music scene. Appropriately co-presented by local radio stations PBS and Triple R, the after party serves as a reflection on the breadth of musical disciplines and their representatives in the state. As is tradition the night will be kicked off with a performance from the highly regarded EG Allstars Band, an outfit with a rotating spearhead of musicians including, Australian music royalty Archie Roach, Blues heavyweights Mojo Juju and Josh Teskey (Teskey brothers), Ella Thompson (GL) as well as members of the Rockwiz Orchestra.
Showcasing the true versatility of Victoria’s musical landscape will be Melbourne punk band, Cable Ties. Quickly establishing themselves as one of Melbourne’s best bands the trio received plaudits for their debut album, raised more than a couple right boots at the Meredith music festival and as of today have been awarded the first ever recipients of the Corner Hotel’s ‘Corner Award’. Not too shabby. Playing alongside Cable Ties are Melbourne post-punk outfit Gold Class, who have recently received approbation for the national tour of their second album ‘drum.’
Mixing things up and getting the party moving will be the iconic hip-hop selector and offical block party ambassador DJ MzRizk, as well as a performance from Melbournian producer of immeasurable class, chic producer, groove magician, bravado aficionado - Harvey Sutherland and his band, Bermuda. Now an entrenched enchanter in chief across the global festival circuit, Harvey Sutherland consistently bedazzles audiences across the globe with the addition of the Bermuda trio (Graeme Pogson (drums), Tamil Rogeon (electric strings) and himself) who with Sutherland, continue to redefine the boundaries of electronic music with productions which border classical compositions, finding their place somewhere between smokey jazz bars and sweaty dance floors.
2017 has been a great year for music in Victoria and what better way to celebrate another year of good music than through a party featuring the states finest musicians. Like last year, this years addition is destined to be a sell out, so we at Figaro highly recommend you get your tickets here sooner rather than later.