Celebrating its fourth year, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards announced its winners at a sold out beachside event on 3 May, crowning Australia’s indie pop darling Amy Shark as Artist of the Year for the second time with a couple of surprises in the mix.

A finalist in four categories, Shark was pipped at the post by The Mason Rack Band for Live Act of the Year, folk duo Hollow Coves for Song of the Year and Lane Harry x Ike Campbell for Video of the Year.

Following up their 2015 Artist of the Year win, roots duo Hussy Hicks took out Album of the Year for their fifth studio album, ‘On The Boundaries’ while Hollow Coves doubled down, adding Breakout Artist of the Year to their wins of the night.

“The categories were hotly contested in the judging this year,” said panel chair and Queensland Conservatorium deputy director, Donna Weston, “Given the strength of nominations, the judges just had to keep coming back to the criteria to ensure the right results were reached.”

Bleach* Festival producer and Awards judge Julia Bridger said, “Hollow Coves were a revelation for the judging panel this year. Beautifully written and recorded songs, and incredible steps that they’ve made career-wise meant they were deserving winners in a very competitive field of finalists.

“The Mason Rack Band’s longevity, contribution to the local live scene and consistent delivery of exceptional performances made them a winning choice for Live Act of the Year,” she said.

Gold Coast stoner rock band, Baltimore Gun Club took out the People’s Choice Award, which was voted by fans online and industry in a two stage process.

And, of course, a thriving music scene is not possible without events and venues who consistently program quality original acts with a high standard of production and customer experience and last year, Shakafest and Miami Shark Bar did just that, taking out Event of the Year and Venue of the Year, respectively.

The Awards ceremony, hosted by former triple j favourite Dom Alessio, sold out with the general public enjoying a free live concert by Bobby Alu, award-winners Hussy Hicks and finalists Electrik Lemonade and Eliza and the Delusionals.

Acting Mayor Cr Donna Gates congratulated all the local artists.

“What an achievement for all involved, there’s a real depth of talent across the Gold Coast and it’s fantastic to see them celebrated through these music awards.”

In partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast Music Awards kicked off Surfers Paradise LIVE (3-6 May) with four days and nights of non-stop, free music throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct to follow this weekend with some of Australia’s all-time greats including Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano as well as a swag of Gold Coast talent.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast.

2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Winners

Album of the Year
sponsored by beatniks

Hussy Hicks – On The Boundaries | Spotify

Artist of the Year
sponsored by Miami Shark Bar + Surfers Paradise Beergarden

Amy Shark

Breakout Artist of the Year
 sponsored by Griffith University and Queensland Conservatorium SEED Program

Hollow Coves

Event of the Year
sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast


Live Act of the Year
sponsored by Nightquarter

The Mason Rack Band

Song of the Year
sponsored by HOTA – Home of the Arts

Hollow Coves – Coastline | spotify

Venue of the Year
sponsored by The Avalon, Miami

Miami Tavern Shark Bar

Video of the Year
 sponsored by QT Gold Coast

Lane Harry x Ike Campbell – The Dash
Directed by Nils Nilsson


IMAGE: Hussy Hicks perform at the Gold Coast Music Awards 2018. (c) Nadia Achilles.