We certainly did not regret our advice to mix things up a little this year and for the first time ever, we combined the genre/public in one killer gig. This was no ordinary awards.
Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett, and Harts each played short-sets. Members of the RocKwiz band, aptly named The EG Allstars, were joined by: Ajak Kwai, Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, ECCA VANDAL, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry) and Olympia who smashed their most cracking tracks of the year, showcasing the diversity of Victoria's talent.
We extracted a couple of our fave 'what they said' quotes....
"...the decision to showcase more surprising acts — acts as gripping and diverse as Sudanese desert rockers Ajak Kwai, ska firecracker Ecca Vandal and soul belter Emma Donovan — felt like an inspired move for a music scene that's clearly on a big, unstoppable sprawl."
Michael Dwyer, The Age
"In all a great celebration of all the great diverse music coming out from one of the world’s music capitals."
Thanks to DOTF who shot this reel which we think sums it up just nicely!