The finalists for the 2019 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards have been announced. Winners will be revealed during a red carpet ceremony on Friday 22 November at Adelaide University’s Bonython Hall. A number of Adelaide artists ranging from indie to electric genres will be up for Best Song, with the following artists nominated for the major award:
- Collarbones – A.I.
- Electric Fields – 2000 and Whatever
- Horror My Friend – Turned Loose
- MANE – Save Yourself
- Stellie – Let’s Forget We Were In Love
Breaking out in 2016 with their debut track Stay In, Do Nothing Horror My Friend has the greatest number of nominations with a total of six across the board – gaining slots in Best Music Video, Best Group and more. Narrowly missing out on representing Australia in Eurovision this year, proudly queer and multi-cultural duo Electric Fields has been nominated for three awards, with artists Eskatology, UPK, and Nancy Bate joining them for the Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Artist.
A massive range of industry awards focusing on music production, venues, festivals, cover art and managers are part of the event, with a record number of votes cast this year in categories under the People’s Choice Awards.
Chair of Music SA Anne Wiberg has praised the quality and talent in SA, seeing the event as a chance to recognise our local artists:
“We have such an incredible music industry here in our state, and paying tribute to the performers and those behind the scenes through the SAM Awards is a wonderful way to show our appreciation for all the hard work and effort they put in year after year.”
The SAM awards have been happening since 2012 (previously named the Fowler’s Live Music Awards) and have been able to continue due to sponsors and a grant from the government’s Music Development Office.
The Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni has been supportive of the event, saying:
“I thank every member of the South Australian music scene for their valuable contribution to our vibrant culture and wish the finalists all the very best of luck for the SAM Awards next month.”
Performances will be a mix of DJ sets and live performances from Stellie, Jess Day, Horror My Friend and Jimblah. For fellow local music lovers, tickets are now live on moshtix with general admission priced at $79.70. Entry to the gala event will include full catering and drinks throughout the evening.