As part of Melbourne Music Week, beloved community radio stations PBS 106.7FM and Triple R 102.7FM co-presented the 11th Music Victoria Awards last week. 46,000 votes from the public helped select the winners of the more general publicly-voted categories, while the genre-specific categories were selected by the very anonymous “industry experts”. And a SHRN after party line up including Camp Cope, Tash Sultana and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra topped the night off.
Let’s get super meta and list our own personal awards for the night.
Triple R’s Chris Gill in a mustard suit, zebra-patterned shirt and white kicks. Outfit coordination? Nailing it.
Because it’s too hard to choose one…
“What the fuck” – Harvey Sutherland, walking up to the stage to collect his prize for Best Electronic Act.
“Also, Anthony Fantano is here!” – Vessels, fanboying along with the rest of us.
“I live Northcote. Bit weird.” – The Drones, accepting their award for Best Regional Act.
“Unbiased news and rocking tunes.” – Camp Cope, thanking The Age.
Inland, winner of Best Experimental or Avant Garde Act, seemingly rushed from outside the venue straight onto the stage, complete with a bike helmet tucked under his arm. It was certainly a fitting acceptance for the category.
All of the Under 500 Capacity Venue nominees drew loud cheers. Music venues obviously hold special places in our hearts. But Alex Lahey was definitely the star of the night.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard won the most awards for the year. But of the normally seven people in their band, just one of them was there to burden the acceptance speeches – all three acceptance speeches that is. The rest of them are likely busy recording around the clock, in anticipation for another low-key aim of four album releases next year. Also worth a mention is Aunty Meredith’s noted absence in collecting their Best Festival award. Always a lady of mystery.