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2009 Music Awards Category Winners Announced

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsFrom Monday 9 November – Wednesday 11 November, 1233 ABC announced the 2009 category winners live to air and featured live studio performances each day.

Access the website, Facebook group or Twitter for regular updates.




And The Winners Are …

Posted on November 10th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards, NMA Front Page

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Chill on the Hill

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsAs we move towards the festive season, 1233 ABC Newcastle and L!ivesites are very excited to present a fantastic night of music out under the stars. Chill on the Hill is FREE open air concert at ‘Mt Carrington‘ on Friday 6 November 2009 between 6pm – 9pm.

Featuring the sounds of soul-jazz songstress Zoe K & The Money Shot Band, Blues and Roots collective, Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band, local Rock outfit The Nickson Wing and super party DJ, DJ Maynard. This is the perfect opportunity to bring a blanket, your family and friends and your favourite Friday night picnic.

Hosted by 1233 ABC Newcastle, this night of music will be made that little bit more exciting as the perfect forum to kick off Music Awards Week and announce the very first winner in this year’s Awards – 2009 Broadcasters’ Choice. Adding to the evening’s fanfare, a series of street performers will make guest appearances including, a wind up ballerina, a fire twirling juggler, and a fire breathing magician.

How to access Mount Carrington:

It can be best accessed via Robertson St, Carrington NSW

When travelling from Newcastle, head out towards Carrington via Hannell St, turn right at the Carrington roundabout which is Cowper st, continue along Cowper st and take a left hand turn at Young St…continue along Young St and Robertson St will be a left hand turn…..follow it to the end and there is the entrance to Mt Carrington.

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Parking and entrances will be sign posted for the event!

  • What: Chill on the Hill
  • Where:Mt Carrington
  • Who: Zoe K & The Money Shot Band, The Nickson Wing, Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band and DJ Maynard
  • When: Friday 6th November 6-9PM

Posted on October 24th, 2009 in Events, Newcastle Music Awards

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Music Awards Events

Chill on the Hill

1233 ABC Newcastle and L!ivesites present a FREE open air concert at Mt Carrington. Featuring the sounds of Zoe K & The Money Shot Band, The Nickson Wing, Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band and DJ Maynard. Be entertained by a host of street performers as this concert provides the perfect forum to kick off Music Awards Week and announce the very first winner in this year’s Awards – 2009 Broadcasters’ Choice. Bring a blanket, friends and a Friday night feast.

  • What: Chill on the Hill
  • Where:Mt Carrington
  • Who: Zoe K & The Money Shot Band, The Nickson Wing, Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band and DJ Maynard
  • When: Friday 6th November 6-9PM

Hottest Ticket In Town Music Industry Event

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards1233 ABC Newcastle will host the Hunter and Central Coast region’s music industry night of nights. This invite only event will award genre category winners and announce specialist category winners in the 2009 Music Awards. Featuring an array of performances by 2009 entrants …

All 2009 Entrants are invited to this event, however capacity is limited so it’s a method of first in first serve. If you are announced in the Top Five, ensure you secure your ticket by visiting 1233 ABC Newcastle studio or if you’re on the Central Coast, 92.5FM from Monday 26 October.

  • Newcastle: Cnr Wood and Parry Sts Newcastle West
  • Central Coast: The Parallel Mall, Erina fair, Erina

Note: This year, for the first time ever, there will not be an event at Civic Theatre Newcastle. Instead we are holding two separate events, ‘Chill On The Hill‘ and the Awards presentation at Lizottes. This gives 1233 ABC Newcastle the opportunity to showcase more performers and hold an event which is FREE for everyone to come along to.

  • What: 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Presentation Night
  • Where: Lizottes Newcastle
  • When: Thursday 12 November
  • Tickets: Invite Only – see above

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Top Five on 1233 ABC Newcastle

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsTune into 1233 ABC Newcastle across the day as we announce on air and online the Top Five tracks in each genre category. Over these three days, each program will announce which five finalist tracks came in at the top of their genre and are in the running to take out their particular genre category award and/ or a specialist award. If you can’t tune in to the program, access the website/facebook or twitter for regular updates. All Top Five artists will be notified by direct email.

Please note: All tracks entered into the 2009 Awards are in the running for the Broadcasters’ Choice Award. The winners of each of the genre categories will be announced live to air from 9 -11 November. 1233 will not be announcing finalists for each of the following categories: Best Sound Production, 1233 Tour Support Prize, APRA/ABC Music Publishing Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and ABC Music ‘Artist Of The Year’ – the winners of these categories will be announced at Lizottes on Thursday 12 November.

Wednesday 14 October:

Thursday 15 October:

Friday 16 October:

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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What’s Next for the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsThis year sees quite a big change in the way the project is run. The online component has been implemented to encourage interaction between 1233 ABC Newcastle and local musicians, as well as nurture interaction between the musicians themselves. The Newcastle Music Group on ABC Contribute is now the largest Contribute group in Australia thanks to the efforts of this years Music Award entrants.

In regards to the Awards Night and awards announcement process, we’re doing something completely different to past years … and I think you will agree the changes are absolutely fabulous and are in keeping with what is happening in the Music Industry around Australia.

Here are some key dates for your diary and paint a picture of what the rest of the year will entail. Stay tuned to, Facebook, and for more information about each of these events.

Each Saturday in September between 11am – 2pm L!vesites will be running their inaugural Steel Chef series…. Bringing music into the mix will be a range of 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Award entrants, allowing the Honeysuckle lunchtime crowd to get a taste of the region’s freshest talent. An innovation of this event is that restaurants will be able to broadcast the live music performances from the Boardwalk directly into their restaurant via in house speakers – at a volume level to suit their patrons of course. Get on down and support local music!

Throughout September and October ‘My Musical Space‘ interviews will start to appear on the Dayshift with Carol Duncan and online at … Online producer Anthony Scully has been inviting himself into the spaces where our local musicians start the process of creating their music….featuring Brian Cain, Jason Lowe, Kristy James, Tad Poe Dee and more

Friday 18 September – All entrants were notified as to where their track/s is at in the competition. The list of Finalists can be found online at

Monday 12 October – Wednesday 14 October – Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle across the day as we announce on air and online the Top Five tracks in each genre category. Over these three days, each program will announce which five finalist tracks (out of the ten or so tracks) came in at the top of their genre and are in the running to take out their particular genre category award and/ or a specialist award.

Friday 6 November – 1233 ABC Newcastle and L!vesites will be hosting a free outdoor show at Carrington featuring Music Award entrants and a special guest or two in order to kick off the very first ‘Music Awards Week’.

This will be a great outdoor event to showcase the talent in the Hunter and Central Coast regions. Just like the awards night previously at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, this show is open to EVERYONE to attend – except this event is free. The Broadcasters’ Choice Award will be announced here at this event to really kick off ‘Music Awards Week’.

Monday 9 November – Wednesday 11 November – Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle across each of these days as we announce on air and online the 2009 winners of our genre category and selected specialist category Awards. Over these three days, each day, each program will announce a 2009 genre category winner LIVE TO AIR!!!

Thursday 12 November – Throughout the day tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle as each program features interviews and studio live performances by the already announced 2009 winners. During the evening the 1233 will be staging a ‘Hottest Ticket in Town’ event at Lizottes featuring live performances and where the 2009 Award winners will be presented with their awards and the remaining Awards (ABC Music Artist Of The Year, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award, 1233 ABC Newcastle Touring Award, Best Male and Best Female) will be announced and presented. Tickets will be limited due to venue capacity, entrants who wish to attend will need to get their tickets as soon as they’re available as they won’t last long!

Note: Tickets for this event won’t be available until October, all entrants will be notified closer to time on how to collect tickets.

In addition to all of this, 1233 ABC Newcastle will continue to play local music across the day and feature artists live in the studio!

For constant updates throughout the coming months follow out twitter feed at For more information head to Facebook, or

Posted on September 24th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Best Male and Female Vocals Finalists Announced

The Best Male and Female vocalist category is always hotly contested.

Listed below are 2009 Newcastle Music Awards finalists.

Best Female Vocals

  • Ali Heise
  • Amy Vee
  • Asha Lunarzewski
  • Brooke Harvey
  • Chontia
  • Elisa Kate Barker
  • Kaleah
  • Kira Puru
  • Leah
  • Marissa Saroca
  • Mojo Juju
  • Sarah Humphreys
  • Zoe Klemenzcuk

Best Male Vocals

  • Ben Gumbleton (Benjalu)
  • Chris Byrne
  • Daniel Runchel (Vaudeville)
  • David Wells (Sketching Cato)
  • Greg Gillet
  • James Chatburn
  • Jared Melrose (The Evening Son)
  • Jason Hicks (Jaywalker)
  • Jerome O’Connor (State of Grace)
  • Jet Jones (Hansel)
  • Joe Hall (Joe Hall & The Tree House Band)
  • Kris Morris
  • Matt Purcell
  • Mark Wells
  • Zac Crawford (Powerage)

Posted on September 19th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Finalists Announced

Thank you to all who entered this year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. The local judging sessions are now over and we are proud to announce the 2009 finalists from each of the genre categories.

So without further delay … here they are:

Alternative Finalists

  • Birds and Belles – Desert Song
  • Brooke Harvey – Colour Blind
  • Emily Rose – Under Fire
  • Genius – Pistol Sunrise
  • Grant Wolter – Limelight
  • Josh Boyer – Little Duck
  • Kira Puru & the Very Geordie Malones – One Eye Open
  • Mind Priorities – As Seen on TV
  • Sketching Cato – Loaded Gun
  • Vaudeville – Running on Empty

Blues & Roots Finalists

  • Benjalu – So High
  • Chris Geary – I’m Gone
  • Chontia – Pressure
  • Grandmaster Monk – Moroccan Hot Nights
  • James Chatburn – So Hard to Come By
  • Joe Hall & The Treehouse Band – Treehouse
  • Kira Pura & the Very Geordie Malones – Hit the Road
  • Kris Morris – Little Light
  • Peter Healy – Blood & Wine
  • Zoe K & The Money Shot Band – Outside Lookin In

Contemporary Finalists

  • Amy Vee – Heart-Shaped Space
  • Amy Vee – We Are the Hours
  • Chris Byrne – Let it Go
  • Elisa Kate – Saturday
  • Jaywalker – Hard Times
  • Kira Pura & The Very Geordie Malones – The Rain
  • Sketching Cato – Look Around
  • Tad Poedee – Engage Me
  • Thenovos – Off the Record
  • The StickUpKids – Take on the World

Country Finalists

  • David Venaglia & Van Demon’s Band – Changing Man
  • Greg Gillett – Bye Bye
  • Kris Morris – Other Side
  • Kristy James – I Don’t Need a Man
  • Leah – Tell Me
  • Mark Wells – You’re Still on my Mind
  • Mark Wells – Talk Tonight
  • Mel Sommers – Room of my Own
  • The StickUpKids – Make Time for Love
  • Working Man’s Dream – How About a Dance

Folk Finalists

  • Amy Vee – Borrowing from Thieves
  • Benjalu – Grey Old Man
  • Bobby Virtue – Lost Light
  • Daniel March – So Much
  • Eighty – Delorean
  • Kaleah – Sadako
  • Leah – Roses and Tea
  • Matt Purcell – Hide Away
  • Pete Hawkes – If Time Was an Ocean
  • Sarah Humphreys – Hundred Billion Stars

Instrumental Finalists

  • Adam Miller – Traffic
  • Azzy Trew & the Dead Vibes Orchestra – Something to do with Death
  • Elephant Funk – Flip, Flop, Flap
  • Fiona Joy Hawkins – The Void
  • M.Carney – Le Corso
  • M.Carney – Theme from Architecture Down
  • Paul Isaacs – instruMENTAL
  • Pete Hawkes – Edwina’s Paradox
  • Pete Hawkes – In the Labyrinth of Lady Laura
  • Yantra De Vilder – Mount Warning

Pop Finalists

  • Brooke Harvey – You Owe
  • Chris Byrne – This Worry is a Stone
  • Grant Wolter – Spilt Coffee
  • Jaywalker – Lost in London
  • Matt Purcell – Can I Remind Myself
  • Paper Prophets – Little White Lie
  • Paper Prophets – Indigo
  • Sarah Humphreys – Love Like You
  • Sundays Record – Flashes
  • The StickUpKids – Little in Love

Rock Finalists

  • Broadway Mile – Good Times from Hell
  • Grandvue – Hopes of a Better Future
  • Hansel – Murder 101
  • Jaywalker – Sure Feels Good Tonight
  • Mind Priorities – When All Else Fails
  • Nickson Wing – My Life’s Not Right
  • PowerAge – Medicine Woman
  • Sketching Cato – Changes
  • State of Grace – Forbidden Love
  • The Evening Son – All Aboard the Boat Wherever

Heavy Rock Finalists

  • Cortisone – Loaded Gun
  • Daiad – Monkey in the Brine
  • Daiad – Pirates, We Are
  • Level 8 – Bitter Admission
  • Shadowmill – Amethyst
  • Spades – Goodbye
  • The Evening Son – We the Majority Suck our Thumbs
  • Two Thirds Dirty – Inside
  • viAgro – Where Babies Come From
  • viAgro – Girls Germs (no returns)

Urban Finalists

  • Dhopec – BLF Green Bans
  • Eazy.P – Africa Called
  • Laird & Lomas – Stereotypes
  • Nhostic – Street Life
  • Nameless Crew – World Class
  • Soul Purpose – Represent
  • Soul Purpose – Love of the Art
  • The Image – We’re not in Kansas Anymore
  • Throbgoblin – Eating Rainbows
  • Throbgoblin – Whispers

Posted on September 19th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Outstanding Talent Entered into the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards – on air – online – on song

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsOriginal musicians in the Hunter and Central Coast regions went above and beyond with their musical offerings, contributing close to 400 entries for the 2009 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards.

Entries closed last Friday 10 July, with many artists taking advantage of the one week extension. This year’s collection of entries welcomes new and familiar faces, and sees the return of past winners, including a collection of veterans of the local music scene who have been locked away busily writing. The result is a huge mass of brand new and exciting material!

A collaboration between Scott Chapman (On inc) and Chit Chat (Machine Gun Fellatio) otherwise known as The Stick Up Kids have entered tracks from a writing partnership which has spanned 20 years, multiple award winner Amy Vee has returned with a batch of fresh tracks and following a trip to Nashville, Mark Wells has thrown his hat into the country category ring. The Evening Son, The Nickson Wing and Vaudeville head up the rock and alternative categories with Urban Freeflow, Soul Purpose, Nameless Crew and Laird and Lomas contributing to the Urban category, making it stronger than ever.

The judging process runs right through until October, with an Awards presentation taking place in November. Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle to hear 2009 entrant tracks being played on air across the day.

Log onto and follow the links or log onto and become a member of the Newcastle Music Group to view entrant pages, leave a message or get involved in discussion topics on the local music scene.

Posted on July 20th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Newcastle Music Awards Entries Close Soon

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsDue to a significant number of requests, 1233 ABC Newcastle is granting all Hunter and Central Coast musicians an extension on submitting their Music Award entries. Entries to the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards close have been extended an additional week. Entries into the 2009 Music Awards will now close 5pm, Friday 10 July 2009!

Entrants who have already submitted their music will be given an opportunity to remix/rerecord and resubmit their entry during the extension period if they desire.

If you’re a local singer, songwriter, player and creator of original music, then this competition offers you opportunities for airplay on 1233 ABC Newcastle and other ABC networks (like DIG and TripleJ), online features, studio interviews, having your music heard and judged by industry professionals both locally and across the country and getting feedback from those judges.

Spanning the musical spectrum, there are 9 category and 4 specialist awards to be won, as well as the 1233 Tour Support Prize ($1233 worth of tour costs and a session with a nationally renowned publicist), the APRA and ABC Music Publishing Songwriters Recognition Award ($1000 cash prize and a framed certificate) and the ABC Music Artist of the Year (recording / publishing deal to the value of $5000).

If you’re a fan of Newcastle Music, then join the group on ABC Contribute; this is the place to find local music, info about local artists and bands, and entries into the Music Awards. There are also some great trips down memory lane with music and pics from bands from years gone by. Do you have a local music curio from the glorious past of the Newcastle Music Scene? Share it on ABC Contribute!

The music award entrants who have uploaded their material onto Newcastle Music Group already have been updating and customising their profiles – have a look and see what first-time entrant Liv Gritten is doing! Head of State also have a cranking page. The Video pick of the week is Seven Days by Central Coast duo Jaywalker – they’ve set a high benchmark!! Have a look and get inspired.

Entry kits from

Posted on June 26th, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Entries Now Open for the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

9 categories, 4 specialist sections, new awards night, more on air exposure, greater online participation – the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards continues to support original Hunter and Central Coast musicians in 2009.

In its eight year history the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has attracted close to 3000 entries with hundreds of tracks featured on the 1233 ABC Newcastle play list.

Entries for 2009 open Monday 25 May and close Friday 3 July 2009.

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsThe prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year Award provides the winner with an opportunity to have their music released by ABC Music, Australia’s largest independent record label. In addition, the winner of the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award will receive a $1000 cash prize to support their creative endeavours. Other awards include the Broadcasters’ Choice, Best Female and Male Vocals, Best Young Talent awards and Best Sound Production, combined with a range of specialist genre categories.

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Tour Support prize, successfully introduced last, year includes $1233 to assist with tour costs as well as a half-day session with a nationally renowned publicist.

Entrants also have the opportunity to receive valuable airplay time across 1233 ABC Newcastle and 92.5FM Central Coast, as well as other national ABC networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

Online is vital in the ongoing success of the Music Awards. As a condition of entry this year, musicians will be required to upload their songs – as well as any related photos and videos to ABC Contribute; an online place for all Australians to get their own profile page, blog and storage for unlimited media uploads.

For the first time this year the Music Awards will have its own Facebook group where ABC audio, stories, photos and videos will be shared in the broader online community.

Phil Ashley-Brown, Local Radio Manager said that the station is thrilled to continue its support of original artists and musicians in the region.

“The Music Awards are a fantastic way for 1233 to recognise and assist local, original talent. Past winners Ngariki, Gian and The Seabellies are perfect examples of what the Awards are setting out to achieve. As well as securing publishing and recording deals through ABC Music Publishing, all three have secured airplay on local and national networks, have had their material recorded with ABC Music, and one band has brought out its first single through digital release, which shows how far the Awards has come” Phil said.

ABC Music Publishing has been integral in the development of the Music Awards and Eloise Nolan, Head of this department is enthusiastic about opportunities for Award entrants.

“The 1233 Music Awards have been incredibly consistent in unearthing some great musical talent – both songwriters and also performers. Our association with the Awards, alongside APRA, has given us a front row seat in regards to hearing what the region has to offer and it’s always been impressive. We are all very pleased to continue our involvement,” Eloise said.

To expose the entrants to as wide an audience as possible, this year’s awards presentation will involve a combination of both on air announcements and selected public appearances at a local venue. We want to showcase the Awards Night in a way that recognises where the music is really played and made – on air and in the venues.

Entrants can download their entry kits from

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 in Newcastle Music Awards

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