Dom Alessio is one of Australia’s favourite radio personalities and today Gold Coast Music Awards organisers announced the former triple j Home & Hosed host as MC for the 2018 event.

Gold Coast Music Awards are announced right on the beach in Surfers Paradise on Thursday 3 May.

“There’s been some fantastic music coming out of the Gold Coast the past few years,” said Sydney-based Alessio, who has spent the past eight years presenting the best brand new Australian music on the country’s largest youth radio network.

“It feels like a really exciting time for the City’s music scene and I’m honoured to have been asked to host the awards this year. I can’t wait to be there to celebrate Gold Coast music.”

Gold Coast Music Awards partnership manager Amanda Gorman said 2018 was the perfect year for the event to look outside the city for a high-profie host.

“If there’s anyone that knows Australian music, it’s Dom Alessio,” Amanda said. “From his work on national radio to his new role with peak music body Sounds Australia, we’re really thrilled that he shares our excitement about the local music scene.”

Tickets are also on sale today for the VIP ticketed function that sees winners crowned across eight categories.

The function takes place in a marquee on the beach on Thursday 3 May and as with all previous years, the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards event is expected to sell out. As well as Dom Alessio guiding the evening’s proceedings, Beatniks DJs will keep the vibe on point and guests will receive a complimentary drink as well as canapes through the night.

Healthy crowds are also expected to attend the free live outdoor concert, which this year features multi award-winning roots musician Bobby Alu, Hussy Hicks, Electrik Lemonade and Eliza and the Delusionals. The concert takes place on a festival-sized stage adjacent to the VIP marquee.

Nominations are still open for Album, Artist, Breakout Artist, Event, Live Act, Song, Venue and Video of the Year with entries closing 2 March.

In partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast Music Awards will kick off the Surfers Paradise LIVE (3-6 May) followed by three days and nights of non-stop, free music throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct featuring some of Australia’s all-time greats including Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano as well as a swag of Gold Coast talent with another major headliner due to be announced shortly.

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


Awards Ceremony2018 Gold Coast Music Awards
Thursday 3 May 2018
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event
Tickets on sale now via Oztix

Free Live Outdoor Concert
Thursday 3 May 2018
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
Bobby Alu + Hussy Hicks + Electrik Lemonade + Eliza and the Delusionals

Open 17 January 2018
Close 2 March 2018

Album of the Year, sponsored by ALH
Artist of the Year
Breakout Artist of the Year, sponsored by Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium
Event of the Year, sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Live Act of the Year, sponsored by NightQuarter
Song of the Year
Venue of the Year
Video of the Year, sponsored by QT Gold Coast