Newcastle Music Directory

1233 ABC Music Awards Category Finalists For 2008

393 entries across 13 categories and 25 local judging sessions over 6 weeks later, the Finalists in each category have been decided!

Each and every track was listened to in its entirety, and ‘marked’ according to Performance Standard (how good the vocals were and how well instruments were played), Songwriting (lyrics, melody, arrangement), Originality and Creativity, and Overall Appeal. Production and suitability for airplay were also taken into account, but not necessarily a deciding factor in a song’s selection as a Finalist track. Several tracks were moved to another category, where – stylistically – they fitted better and had a fairer chance against other tracks. The larger categories – Alternative, Contemporary, Pop, Rock and Folk – had 2 or more sessions each (Contemporary – with over 80 tracks – had 4!!). The selected tracks in each session went through to ‘Round 2′ (or a semi-final, if you like), where the judges had the difficult task of choosing the 10 Finalists out of the 13 – 20 standout tracks from the first round.

Later this week, the list of Finalists for the Specialist Awards will be announced – Best Male Vocal, Best Female Vocal, Best Producer / Track Production and Best Young Talent.

Tickets for the Awards Night will go on sale in September, with price discounts for all Entrants.

In the meantime, congratulations to the following bands and artists whose tracks have been marked as standouts in their category.

Alternative Finalists

Blues & Roots – Finalists

Contemporary – Finalists

Country – Finalists

Folk – Finalists

Jazz – Finalists

Instrumental – Finalists

Pop – Finalists

Rock – Finalists

Heavy Rock – Finalists

Soundtracks – Finalists

Urban – Finalists


Hip Hop

For more information about the 2008 ABC Newcastle Music Awards visit

For an archive of entrants from previous years visit

Posted on August 13th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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