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Tipped as one of NPR’s must see acts, Angie McMahon thrilled crowds at SXSW last week and has been awarded the prestigious SXSW Grulke Prize for Developing Non-U.S. Act.

Angie is the second Melbourne artist to win in recent years following Courtney Barnett in 2015. Past winners of the Grulke Prize have also included Leon Bridges, Haim, Chvrches, Jade Bird, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips.

“I’m so honoured to be the recipient of the Grulke Prize. I’m so grateful to the lovely team we work with, we heard the news together and got to celebrate. It was a special moment.” says Angie.

An annual tradition since 2013, South by Southwest’s Grulke Prize is awarded to three acts every year, in honour of the event’s late Creative Director, Brent Grulke. Out of the thousands of acts around the world who showcased at the event, Angie was selected as this year’s recipient for Non-U.S. Developing Act. Voted by a pool of select music critics, industry professionals, and SXSW staff, the award, paired with a $10,000 USD cash prize, is given to an artist who is breaking new ground with their creativity and shows the most promise in achieving their career goals.

Austin360 freelancer Kayleigh Hughes wrote Angie “balanced deep, melancholy vocals and fiercely confessional lyrics. … McMahon’s mesmerizing 40-minute performance left the crowd certain she was poised to become a big star.”

Angie will follow her SXSW performances with a solo show in Los Angeles, a national Australian festival tour with Groovin the Moo, followed by UK/Europe dates and the release of her highly anticipated debut album Salt later this year

Angie McMahon is set to make her US debut with headline dates, showcases at SXSW and a performance as special guest for the Pixies. Today Angie unveils her new single ‘Pasta’ accompanied by the singer-songwriter’s first official video and the announcement of her forthcoming debut album Salt, due for release this year.

A song about feeling really tired, trying anyway and wanting to rock out like Springsteen,  ‘Pasta’ sees Angie liken eating too much gluten to feelings of loss and hope. Directed by Ben McNamara the video is an adaptation based on the beauty of doing nothing. “I struggle with time management and I can be really mean to myself about it. I got to the tipping point where I let go of the pressure and just did whatever felt good. The gold star reminds me of being a kid and having encouragement, but the adult version that I’m learning is that you just have to encourage yourself and not wait for other people to do it,” says Angie of the clip.

Angie first drew the attention of the Australian music scene with her first single ‘Slow Mover’ which quickly connected to enthusiastic audiences.  The track landed at  #33 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2017 and secured an honourable mention in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.  Second single ‘Missing Me’ landed at #49 in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 and delivered a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year (AIR) and third single ‘Keeping Time’ topped the most played list at triple j.

All singles have garnered support in the online world both locally and internationally, receiving over 16 million plays on Spotify and Apple Music and Angie recently embarked on her first headline tour of Australia selling out 1500 – 2000 capacity venues.

In the last 18 months Angie has toured with the likes of Father John Misty, The Shins, Alanis Morissette, Angus & Julia Stone, Leon Bridges and Mumford & Sons. Angie entered the Australian festival circuit playing Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival, Secret Garden and NYE on the Hill and will perform around Australia at this year’s Groovin the Moo in 2019.

Friday, 26th April – Adelaide Showground, Wayville, ADE
Saturday, 27th April – Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sunday, 28th April – Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT
Saturday, 4th May – Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday, 5th May – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
Saturday, 11th May – Hay Park, Bunbury, WA

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