West Thebarton lead the charge with six SAM Awards nominatons.
This year's finalists for the South Australian Music (SAM) Awards have been revealed by Music SA with Adelaide rockers West Thebarton leading the charge with six nominations.
Pop makers Heaps Good Friends have received five nominations while 2017 SAM Award winners A.B. Original return in four categories this year as do MANE and Wing Defence. These five acts will battle it out for the prestigious 'Best Release' award.
In contention for 'Best Song' are: A.B. Original ('Blaccout'), Adrian Eagle ('17 Again'), Ollie English ('How Many Times'), MANE ('Chasing Butterflies') and West Thebarton ('Bible Camp'). 'Best Group' nominees are: A.B. Original, Grenadiers, Heaps Good Friends, Wanderers and West Thebarton.
While 'Best New Artist' will be fought between Adrian Eagle, Elsy, Paradise Club, Pinkish Blu and Wing Defence. Scroll down for the full list of finalists.
The winners will be announced during a red carpet ceremony hosted by Double J's Zan Rowe at the Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday 8 November. Categories include both People's Choice Awards, determined by online voting, and SAM Awards as judged by a panel of industry peers.
"We are so proud of the talent we have here in this state," says Lisa Bishop, General Manager of Music SA.
"These finalists showcase the quality and diversity in our music scene and represent us well as a UNESCO City of Music. I look forward to celebrating all of our nominees, finalists and winners at the ceremony. The SAM Awards will be a fabulous evening paying tribute to the hard working people in South Australia's music industry."
A.B. Original – 'Blaccout' Adrian Eagle – '17 Again' Ollie English – 'How Many Times' MANE – 'Chasing Butterflies' West Thebarton – 'Bible Camp'
Best New Artist
Adrian Eagle Elsy Paradise Club Pinkish Blu Wing Defence
Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist
A.B. Original Corey Theatre Eskatology Jessica Wishart Nathan May
A.B. Original Grenadiers Heaps Good Friends Wanderers West Thebarton
Adrian Eagle Dyspora MANE Motez Timberwolf
A.B. Original – 'Blaccout' Heaps Good Friends – 'Hug Me' EP MANE – 'Chasing Butterflies' West Thebarton – 'Different Beings Being Different' Wing Defence – 'Listerine'
Chapel Lane Studios Ghostnote Recording Studio Island Recording Studios Mixmasters Productions Wunderberg's Recording Studio
Jimmy Balderston Luke Hancock Mario Spate Michael Ellingford Neville Clark
Best Music Festival / Event
A Day of Clarity (Clarity Records) Futuresounds Adelaide Stonecutters Festival Porch Sessions WOMADelaide
Best Music Venue
Crown & Anchor Hotel Fat Controller Jive Rocket Bar and Rooftop Wheatsheaf Hotel
Alex Karatassa Craig Lock Emma Coyle & Joel Byrne (Sundial Productions) Little Acorn Music (Sian Walden) Sue Germein
Best Cover Art
Heaps Good Friends (Dan Steinert & Tim Coyle – photographer Kate Potter) K21 (Joel 'Vans The Omega' Moore) Laura Hill (Darren Longbottom Photographer & Todd Fischer Design) Neon Tetra (Jack Fenby) West Thebarton (Nick Astanei Design and Morgan Sette photographer)
Best Music Video
Abbey Howlett (Video International and Capital Waste) – 'Colour Me Gold' Heaps Good Friends (Aaron Schuppan and Heaps Good Friends) – 'I Could Eat A Full Packet of Yo Yos' Mallrat (Rory Pippan and Young Black Youth) – 'Better' West Thebarton (Aaron Schuppan/Video International) – 'Bible Camp' Wing Defence (Lewis Brideson and Dave Court) – 'Listerine'
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS FINALISTS
Blues & Roots Artist
Emily Davis Lazy Eye Ollie English The Skeleton Club Wanderers
Amber Joy Poulton Haystacks Calhoon Kelly Brouhaha Stefan Hauk The Heggarties
Harli Hartway Jethro Motez PNK F
Abbey Howlett Bjéar Brodie Trent Howl N Bones Robot Sex Dolls
Bromham Laura Hill Mary Webb The Tangerines Sarah King
Dirty Pagans Hidden Intent Hindsight The Straight-Jacket Tailors Wings of Thanatos
Hip Hop Award
Daydream Fever Dyspora K21 Shook Tkay Maidza
Adam Page Chelsea Lee Django Rowe Er@ser Description Kate Fuller and the Boys Club
Germein Heaps Good Friends MANE Neon Tetra W.M.N
Horror My Friend Sleep Talk Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys Wing Defence Young Offenders
Donnarumma Lead Worm Ripcord The Dunes West Thebarton
World Music Award
ELSY Local Revolution Los Mescalitos The Coconut Kids The Jango