On Thursday the 1st of November, The WAMAwards reveal their 35 award recipients of 2018 from the new home of the annual event, The Hyatt Regency Perth. The night will also welcome two new Hall of Fame inductees Dixie Battersby and The Stems, alongside performances from some of WA’s best soloists and bands.
WAM AWARDS LINE UP ANNOUNCED
Adding to this night-of-nights for the Perth music community, will be live performances by Perth's iconic rock n roll royalty and Hall of Fame inductees The Stems, much loved duo Gina Williams and Guy House, seven-time WAM Award nominee Carla Geneve, the sassy and energetic stage persona that is Your Girl Pho, the adored hip hop producer and emcee Hyclass, the mesmerising jazz heroes of Gemma Farrell Quintet plus more to be announced. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the sound pros at Perth Audio Visual to ensure all our local stars sound their very best on the big night.
Local legends Bourby Webster (founder of Perth Symphony Orchestra) and Blake Williams (Actor, Television and Radio Presenter) will be heading up the evening as our captivating emcee’s.
GOLDEN WAMi AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The Golden WAMi Award has been the defining nod in Western Australia’s music industry for many years, giving recognition to those who have made a significant contribution to West Australian music through their careers. Past winners include beloved and respected industry successes Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music) and Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival) and this year brings an impressive list of Nominees:
2018 Golden WAMi Award Nominees
2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
From humble beginnings working at Thompsons Record store in Perth city in the late 70's, Dixie Battersby formed friendships with bands who frequented the shop which would be the founding relationships of her impressive career to come. Her early acquaintances with bands, particularly The Triffids saw it take little time at all for Dixie to land a job working at the prestigious EMI in 1983 for which she still contracts. In 2013 Dixie formed DB publicity, her stand alone publicity agency and during her career she has executed publicity campaigns for the likes of Katy Perry, The Beatles, 360, Angus & Julia Stone, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sam Smith, Alison Wonderland, Something For Kate, Troye Sivan, Beck, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Empire Of The Sun, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Neil and Tim Finn, Little Birdy, Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, The Living End, Sleepy Jackson, John Williamson, Bob Evans, Paul Dempsey, The Avalanches, Olympia, Keith Urban, Banks, Sarah Blasko and many more.
The Stems epitomized 80’s indie rock, giving it a wider currency. They are one of only a handful of bands (among them the Hoodoo Gurus and The Sunnyboys) that cracked the mainstream charts with an indie approach in the 80’s. The band released a series of independent records on Sydney’s Citadel Records with each release reaching #1 on the Australian alternative charts. But it was their debut album, released on Mushroom records, AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE in 1987 that received national and international acclaim becoming one of the best-selling Australian albums of that year despite an almost total lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s. Rolling Stone named their album “At First Sight” one of the top 100 releases of all time. Appearances on Countdown, magazine covers, sold out shows were to follow. The band continue to play selective shows to this day to sold out audiences in Australia and abroad.