Queensland Music Awards finalists and performers announced!

Brisbane-via-Cairns artist Emma Louise, country icon James Blundell, international buzz band DZ Deathrays, and local hip-hop leaders MC Murriz are among the finalists announced in the inaugural Queensland Music Awards formerly known as the Q Song Awards.

The complete list of finalists has been released after a month of deliberation by more than 35 judges from across the country and overseas. Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley, whose organisation is behind the Awards, says the finalists represent an impressive mix of established and emerging artists, some of who are just starting their careers.

She added that the judging panel members were faced with a mammoth task to pick the finalists across a huge range of genre categories.

“Entries this year have been of such a high calibre, highlighting the depth of songwriting talent across the State,” Ms Foley explains. “It has shown once again that great songs and great performers really are at the heart of this industry. And we are blessed to have plenty of both in Queensland.”

Winners of all categories will be announced at the Queensland Music Awards night, to be held at new venue The Old Museum on August 16. Hosted by 612 ABC Brisbane’s Richard Fidler and triple j’s Sarah Howells, the awards night will feature performances from The Medics, Busby Marou, Emma Louise, and DZ Deathrays with yet more to be announced.

Music fans will also soon be able to have their say in the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite artists in the Most Popular Female, Most Popular Male and Most Popular Group categories – voting starts on July 14.

Category winners will be supported through a major national promotional campaign delivered online through Q Music and with support from media partners including The Courier-Mail, 612 ABC Brisbane and ABC Local Radio.

The Awards ceremony will also incorporate the announcement of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship award and the new Export Achievement Award that recognises Queensland acts taking their music to the world.

Now a more intimate sit-down cabaret affair, the new venue and new format will make this year’s Queensland Music Awards a very special event.


Con Artists/Elly Hoyt

Kym Ambrose


Roberto Iregui

Tria Mera

A Breach of Silence


DZ Deathrays

Emma Louise

Adventure Land

Liam Griffin

Streamer Bendy


Busby Marou

Dave Dow & The Human Groove

The Medics

Stephen Smith

 Bede Lipman

 Hannah Karydas

 Kirsten Allendorf


Streamer Bendy

Schoolfight MC


James Blundell

The McMenamins

Roz Pappalardo

Norma O'Hara


Silent Feature Era

Last Dinosaurs

The Cairos

Alan Kelly

Kylie Southwell

Anthony Garcia

The Leaping Lizards


Jonathan Jeffrey


Jim Ottaway

Drawn from Bees

Alan Boyle


Kylie Southwell


Bobby Alu

 Alan Kelly


The McMenamins

Bobby Alu

The Middle East


Nova Scotia

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16.Aug.11The Old Museum, BRISBANEQLD

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