Artists to look out for at the 2021 Music Victoria Awards
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.
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.
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.
See more from Allara
From joining the Sound Sessions panel to share tips and tricks on live-streaming music, to teaching the magic of using looped sounds, watch more from Allara on Victoria Together.
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.
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.See the video
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
See performances from last year’s nominees
Watch the Music Victoria 2020 Showcase, with live performances at some of Victoria’s most iconic music venues, professionally filmed exclusively for Victoria Together.
- Music Victoria presents Sui Zhen live at the Night Cat
Sui Zhen live at The Night Cat
- Music Victoria presents Shepparton Airplane live at the Gasometer Hotel
Shepparton Airplane live at Gasometer Hotel.
- Music Victoria presents Leah Senior live at The Thornbury Theatre
Leah Senior live at The Thornbury Theatre.
- Music Victoria presents Freya Josephine Hollick live at Hotel Esplanade
Freya Josephine Hollick live at the Espy.
- Music Victoria presents Birdz – Live at Hotel Esplanade
Watch Birdz Live at The Espy in St Kilda.
- Music Victoria presents Kee'ahn live at The Thornbury Theatre
Kee'ahn live at The Thornbury Theatre.
- Music Victoria presents Cable Ties live at the Gasometer Hotel
Cable Ties live at the Gasometer Hotel.
- Music Victoria presents Black Jesus Experience live at The Night Cat
Black Jesus Experience live at The Night Cat
- Music Victoria presents Elizabeth live at the Corner Hotel
Elizabeth live at the Corner Hotel.