Artists to look out for at the 2021 Music Victoria Awards

With so many impressive musical acts on offer, we showcase some of our favourite Music Victoria Award nominees.
Victoria has a proud music community and the annual Music Victoria Awards are testament to its rich and diverse collection of musicians and local acts.

Previous award-winners include the likes of Paul Kelly, Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, Chet Faker, Vance Joy, Archie Roach and Courtney Barnett.

The 17th annual awards showcases a striking assortment of nominees vying to claim their respective categories.

With so many impressive musical acts on offer, here’s our favourite artists to look out for in this year’s Music Victoria Awards.

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2021 Music Victoria Awards

Tune in this Thursday 9 December to watch the awards online.

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Artist: D’Arcy Spiller

Nomination: Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act

Performing alongside fellow musician Fergus James, D’Arcy Spiller showcased her enchanting and emotive chords on The State of Music as part of Victoria Together In 2020.

With her poignant and candid lyrics and vocals, Spiller is one of Victoria’s fast-emerging artists.

Her debut EP Disarray, released earlier this year, features the hit single ‘Blood Wolf’ which captivated a mounting fanbase craving more.

With her ability to enthral audiences, it’s easy to see why Spiller is vying to take out the award for Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act for 2021.

Watch D’Arcy Spiller in The State of Music series by Mushroom

Artist: The Teskey Brothers

Nomination: Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act

Coming a very long way in a short amount of time, The Teskey Brothers have experienced a meteoric rise with a growing fanbase from all over the world.

Their stunning one-hour soulful performances as part of Vault Sessions with Orchestra Victoria delighted audiences and was a highlight for Victoria Together online.

With a string of hits, the four friends from Melbourne deliver on an act that is raw, soulful and quite simply, cannot be missed.

Watch The Teskey Brothers and Orchestra Victoria

Recorded live at the iconic Hamer Hall stage.

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See The Teskey Brothers in The State of Music

Artist: Allara (Yorta Yorta)

Nomination: Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (For First Nations Acts)

Allara is an obvious nomination for the Archie Roach Foundation Award.

Incredibly talented with an impressive array of skills and specialties, Allara charmed fans with a superb half-an-hour demonstration making music using looped sounds and profiling her proud Indigenous heritage on Victoria Together.

Combining her vibrancy with her passion of creating music, Allara paves a cultural and spiritual journey for fans.

Artist: Eliza Hull

Nomination: Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (For Deaf and Disabled Acts)

Declaring her commitment to creating inclusive environments and opportunities for people with disability at the Sound Sessions from the 2021 Brunswick Music Festival, Eliza Hull is proud to represent vulnerable audiences.

Living with a neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth since she was five, Hull is inspiring audiences with her stirring lyrics and haunting vocals.

Pushing for greater representation and accessibility, Hull has earned her nomination for the Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award for Deaf and Disabled Acts.

Watch Eliza Hull in Sound Sessions

With the low-down on sharing your music online, Eliza Hull joins the panel in this episode of Brunswick Music Festival's mini conference.

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Artist: Gordon Koang

Nomination: Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (For Deaf and Disabled Acts) and Best Album

Gordon Koang’s positivity is unparalleled.  

Delivering messages of love and unity, the affectionately nicknamed “King of Music” possesses an enthusiasm which transcends all adversity.

Born blind, Koang sought asylum in Australia after civil war erupted in Sudan, where he delights fans with performances that are infectious with joy and energy.

His unforgettable 20-minute intimate performance for Footscray Community Arts Centre, as part of Victoria Together, charmed audiences and left them bopping for more.

Enjoy Gordon Koang's performance for FCAC Music

Singing in English, Arabic and his native language, Neur, Gordon Koang shares his message of love, peace and unity via the Footscray Community Arts Centre Music platform and Victoria Together.

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About the 2021 Music Victoria Awards 

The 2021 Music Victoria Awards take place this Thursday 9 December at 7pm. 

Watch the live-stream here on Victoria Together .  

For the full list of nominees, as well as purchasing tickets to attend the awards and see the live line-up of performers, go to the Music Victoria Website.

The event will also be broadcast live on Channel 31 and  live-streamed via Music Victoria’s Youtube Channel