2019 South Australian Music Awards Winners

Horror My Friend have won three SAM Awards. Horror My Friend have won three SAM Awards.

Indie rockers Horror My Friend have added three South Australian Music Awards (SAM Awards) to their resume (Best Group, Best Song and Best Music Video directed by Ryan Sahb) at a glittering gala ceremony staged tonight (22 November) at Bonython Hall in Adelaide.

"It's definitely nice to be recognised after being active for a while," Horror My Friend told us last week about their SAM Awards nominations. "Happy to be acknowledged, we'll be happy if we win and happy if we don't."

The band will spend December in Canada touring with DZ Deathrays and Hockey Dad.

Adrian Eagle and Electric Fields both came away with two awards each; Adrian, who won Best New Artist at last year's SAM Awards scored the gongs for Best Solo artist and Best Release ('A.O.K'). "I'm so thankful. Very honoured," Adrian told us.

Electric Fields took out the Best ATSI Artist and the People's Choice award in the electronic category. While Jess Day claimed Best New Artist. "It's means the world to me to feel so supported by the South Australian music community," Jess said.

"I'm also super excited about it because my parents and my Nan are over the moon about the idea of me winning an award for my music. It feels good to be able to make them proud."

Rising stars Wing Defence grabbed the punk award, Wanderers won soul/runk/R&B taking out their second People's Choice award, and Adam Page won his fourth SAM Award in the jazz category (previously a winner in jazz and world music categories).

In the People's Choice category, Ollie English took home the blues and roots award for the second year running, The Cut Snakes won the country category, Sons of Zōku took out the experimental award and Ukulele Death Squad snagged the folk award.

Music engineer Neville Clark was presented the Music SA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the coveted APRA AMCOS Emily Burrows Award (presented for the first time at the SAM Awards) was taken out by four-piece country rockers Dead Roo.

Lisa Bishop, CEO of Music SA, said the Awards were a wonderful acknowledgment of an incredibly hard working industry. "Our musicians are thriving at the moment and the South Australian Music Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those on stage, off stage and behind the scenes.

"I am so proud of all our nominees, finalists and winners. They are the reason we continue to flourish as a UNESCO City of Music and why Adelaide is well known as a breeding ground for world class artists and industry professionals."

The gala provided a stellar line-up of entertainment, with live performances by Kelly Menhennett, Jimblah, Stellie and SAM Award winners Jess Day and Horror My Friend, with Electric Fields closing the night with a surprise performance.


Best Studio
Wundenberg’s Recording and Rehearsal Studios

Best Studio Engineer

Mario Spate

Best Live Engineer

Luke Hancock

Best Festival/ Event
Porchland/ Stonecutters

Best Venue
Lion Arts Factory

Best Cover Art
Jack Fenby (Dress Code)

Best Manager
Alex Karatassa

Best Music Video
Ryan Sahb (Horror My Friend)

Best Song
Horror My Friend – Turned Loose

Best New Artist
Jess Day

Best Group
Horror My Friend

Electric Fields

Best Solo
Adrian Eagle

Best Release
Adrian Eagle – A.O.K


Blues & Roots
Ollie English

The Cut Snakes

Electric Fields


Ukulele Death Squad

Hidden Intent

Hip Hop
Elsy Wameyo

Adam Page


Wing Defence




UNESCO, City of Music, Best International Collaboration Award

Slava and Lenny Grigoryan with Beijing Duo, as party of Adelaide Guitar Festival

Music SA Lifetime Achievement Award
Neville Clark

APRA AMCOS Emily Burrows Award

Dead Roo



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