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AIR AWARDS 2022 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Jungle Giants in the awards mix this year. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

Thanks to the continued support from the South Australian Government, AIR is thrilled to return to Adelaide, the UNESCO City of Music, this August for its annual AIR Awards and Indie-Con Australia Conference.

The AIR Awards recognise, promote, and celebrate the success of Australia’s Independent Music sector. Over 200 individual awards have been presented to date and for many winners and nominees, it has been their first industry recognition that has helped facilitate national and international attention. Some of these artists include Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, Flume, Sampa The Great, Sia, Sheppard, Peking Duk, A.B Original, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Violent Soho.

The 2022 AIR Awards will be held at the Freemasons Hall, Adelaide on Thursday 4th August 2022 as an invite-only event.

The 2022 Nominees Are:

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

THE JUNGLE GIANTS – LOVE SIGNS
GENESIS OWUSU – SMILING WITH NO TEETH
COURTNEY BARNETT – THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME
LIZ STRINGER – FIRST TIME REALLY FEELING
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS – COMFORT TO ME

INDEPENDENT SONG OF THE YEAR

KING STINGRAY – GET ME OUT
VANCE JOY – MISSING PIECE
CASEY BARNES– GOD TOOK HIS TIME ON YOU
GENSIS OWUSU – SMILING WITH NO TEETH
JAGUAR JONZE – WHO DIED AND MADE YOU KING

BEST INDEPENDENT SOUL/RNB ALBUM OR EP

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – UNDER THESE STREETS
MILAN RING – I’M FEELING HOPEFUL
PARVYN – SA
LIYAH KNIGHT – THE TRAVELLERS GUIDE
THE SOUL MOVERS – EVOLUTION

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM OR EP

GEORGIA STATE LINE – IN COLOUR
THE WOLFE BROTHERS – KIDS ON CASSETTE
TEX PERKINS & THE FAT RUBBER BAND – TEX PERKINS & THE FAT RUBBER BAND
FELICITY URQUHART & JOSH CUNNINGHAM – THE SONG CLUB
ANDREW SWIFT – THE ART OF LETTING GO

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM OR EP

THE TESKEY BROTHERS WITH ORCHESTRA VICTORIA – LIVE AT HAMER HALL
MARTHA MARLOW – MEDICINE MAN
MAPLE GLIDER – TO ENJOY IS THE ONLY THING
ANGUS & JULIA STONE – LIFE IS STRANGE
LIZ STRINGER – FIRST TIME REALLY FEELING

BEST INDEPENDENT POP ALBUM OR EP

NGAIIRE – 3
THE JUNGLE GIANTS – LOVE SIGNS
BIG SCARY – DAISY
THE RUBENS – 0202
IMOGEN CLARK – BASTARDS

BEST INDEPENDENT ROCK ALBUM OR EP

COURTNEY BARNETT – THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME
MIKE NOGA – OPEN FIRE
JIMMY BARNES – FLESH AND BLOOD
THE HARD ONS – I’M SORRY SIR, THAT RIFF’S BEEN TAKEN
HAYLEY MARY – THE DRIP

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM OR EP

NAT BARTSCH – HOPE
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA / RICHARD TOGNETTI – RIVER
GENEVIEVE LACEY / MARSHALL MCGUIRE – BOWER
MIRUSIA – LIVE IN CONCERT
GRIGORYAN BROTHERS – THIS IS US: A MUSICAL REFLECTION OF AUSTRALIA

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA

MAPLE GLIDER
MARTHA MARLOW
TEENAGE JOANS
TELENOVA
MILAN RING

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM OR EP

CHILLINIT – FAMILY TIES
GENESIS OWUSU – SMILING WITH NO TEETH
JESSWAR– TROPIXX
KOBIE DEE – GRATITUDE OVER PITY
ST. CHRISTOPH & SHAADE – NO PRESSURE

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE OR ELECTRONICA ALBUM OR EP

FLIGHT FACILITIES – FOREVER
KUČKA – WRESTLING
TELENOVA – TRANQUILIZE REMIXES
JUNE JONES – LEAFCUTTER
PRETTY GIRL – MIDDLE GROUND

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

SHOUSE – LOVE TONIGHT (DAVID GUETTA REMIX)
CONFIDENCE MAN – HOLIDAY
PNAU – STRANGER LOVE FEAT. BUDJERAH
ALICE IVY & SYCCO – WEAKNESS
JUNE JONES – HOME

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM OR EP

BABY ET LULU – ALBUM TROIS
HIATUS KAIYOTE – MOOD VALIANT
JOSEPH TAWADROS – HOPE IN AN EMPTY CITY
HILARY GEDDES QUARTET – PARKSIDE
SAM ANNING – OAATCHAPAI

BEST INDEPENDENT PUNK ALBUM OR EP

DZ DEATHRAYS – POSITIVE RISING: PART. II
LOSER – ALL THE RAGE
MOD CON – MODERN CONDITION
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS – COMFORT TO ME
REDHOOK – BAD DECISIONS

BEST INDEPENDENT HEAVY ALBUM OR EP

TWELVE FOOT NINJA – VENGEANCE
VOID OF VISION – CHRONICLES I: LUST
MIRRORS – THE EGO’S WEIGHT
WOLF & CUB – DUSK AT THE WATAGAN FOREST MOTEL
LORD – UNDERCOVERS VOL. 1

BEST INDEPENDENT CHILDREN’S ALBUM OR EP

DIVER CITY – DANCE SILLY
TIPTOE GIANTS – OUTSIDE TIME (MY FAVOURITE TIME OF DAY
THE BEANIES – LET’S GO!
THE WIGGLES – LULLABIES WITH LOVE
SPOTTY KITES – EASTER SONGS FOR KIDS

The AIR Awards will be held in conjunction with AIR’s annual Indie-con Australia conference (Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th August) – program and tickets will be released next month.

South Australian Minister for Arts, Andrea Michaels MP, said the AIR Awards is a prominent event in Australia’s music calendar.

“The South Australian Government, through the Music Development Office and Events South Australia, is proud to be a major partner for AIR’s Indie-Con Australia Conference and 2022 AIR Awards show and to host this key event on the national music industry calendar right here in Adelaide – Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music.

“Music – be it recorded or live – plays such a huge part of our lives, and has a significant impact on our culture, wellbeing and on our economy. I would like to congratulate the nominees this year and look forward to welcoming delegates from around the country back to Adelaide.”

AIR Associate, Full and distributor members will receive complimentary invitations to attend the 2022 Indie-Con Australia conference as well as the AIR Awards.

Artist members and Non-members can also purchase tickets to attend Indie-Con Australia online. Details about speakers and the program to be announced next month. Indie-Con will be followed by Scouted which will showcase South Australia’s unsigned talent to industry guests.

“We look forward to welcoming our members and speakers to Adelaide for the 2022 Indie-Con Australia Conference and AIR Awards and thank the South Australian Government for their continued support” – Maria Amato, AIR CEO

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