Rockers West Thebarton dominate SA Music Awards


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Seven-piece rock outfit West Thebarton stole the show at the South Australian Music (SAM) Awards on November 8, scooping up four gongs for best group, best song, best release and the people’s choice award for the best rock artist.

The band closed the night with an explosive set, rounding out a year of success including international recognition and the release of their debut album, Different Beings Being Different.

West Thebarton at the SA Music Awards. Photo: Supplied.

Held at the Adelaide Town Hall, the SAM Awards were hosted by music journalist and Double J presenter Zan Rowe.

Singer-songwriter MANE took home the award for Best Solo Artist, reggae-inspired soul artist Adrian Eagle won Best New Artist and hip-hop duo A.B. Original claimed the Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist Award for Blaccout, continuing their winning streak at last year’s SAM Awards.

“The SAM Awards showcase the very best of our music scene and demonstrate why it’s in such fantastic shape,” says general manager of Music SA, Lisa Mane.

“West Thebarton has had an incredible year: a truly local band that’s broken through around the country and internationally.

“Meanwhile, we have solo artists like MANE and Adrian Eagle who are really doing great things and we can also celebrate the ongoing success of last year’s winners A.B. Original.”

Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni attended the awards night and praised Music SA for raising the profile of the SAM awards, as well as the state’s music industry as a whole.

The State Government announced recently it will provide more than $500,000 to support the growth of live music in SA.

“I am pleased to have provided additional funding of $550,000 to continue the Live Music Events Fund, which supports new or unique music festivals and events that have the potential to grow into major tourist attractions and increase employment in the music industry,” Mr Pisoni says.

Full list of SAM Award winners

Best Song

  • West Thebarton – Bible Camp

Best New Artist

  • Adrian Eagle

Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist

  • A.B. Original

Best Group

  • West Thebarton

Best Solo Artist

  • MANE

Best Release

  • West Thebarton – Different Beings Being Different

Best Studio

  • Ghostnote Recording Studio

Best Engineer

  • Mario Spate

Best Music Festival / Event

  • A Day of Clarity (Clarity Records)

Best Music Venue

  • Crown and Anchor Hotel

Best Manager

  • Craig Lock, 4/5 Entertainment

Best Cover Art

  • Neon Tetra (Jack Fenby)

Best Music Video

  • Mallrat – Better
    (Rory Pippan – Young Black Youth)

UNESCO International Collaboration Award

  • Zephyr Quartet

Music SA Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Tam Boakes

Ryan Freemen Live Music Achievement Award

  • Max Savage


Blues and Roots Artist

  • Ollie English

Country Artist

  • The Heggarties

Electronic Artist

  • Motez

Experimental Artist

  • Abbey Howlett

Folk Artist

  • Laura Hill

Heavy Artist

  • Dirty Pagans and Hidden Intent

HIP HOP Artist

  • Tkay Maidza

Jazz Artist

  • Adam Page

Pop Artist

  • Heaps Good Friends

Punk Artist

  • Young Offenders

Rock Artist

  • West Thebarton

World Music Artist

  • The Coconut Kids
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