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DEM MOB dominates South Australian Music Awards in 2023

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In a show of exuberance, the South Australian music community came together at Woodville Town Hall to celebrate. Indigenous act DEM MOB shone, winning five awards, including the prestigious Emily Burrows Award, which includes a $5,000 grant for professional development. They also took home Best Regional Artist, Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist, and secured the Best Hip Hop award in the People’s Choice category.

In addition to their musical accolades, the group was honoured with the Best Music Educator award for their ‘Kurunpa Kunpuntjaku’ program. This initiative sees DEM MOB spearheading music programs and initiatives in the APY LANDS and Ceduna to engage young First Nations students.

The Empty Threats took home two awards, Best New Artist and Best New Song, with their haunting track “Evil Eye”.

Inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame was Australian music legend Paul Kelly. With family and close friends supporting him in the audience, Kelly recounted tales of growing up in Adelaide and playing small gigs around town. He then treated us to a song from the early phase of his career “The Streets of Forbes” and a recently penned song about fishing with Dad.

You’ll find a full list of all the award-winners below the gallery!

As well as the multiple awards presented, the audience were treated to performances from aleksiah, The Empty Threats, Carla Lippis + The Mondo Psycho, and singer-songwriter Nathan May.


SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:

SPECIAL AWARDS

NEVILLECLARK AWARD

Winner: Todd Pergallini

Winner: Jase Ess

EMILY BURROWS AWARD

Presenting Partner: APRA AMCOS

Winner: DEM MOB

BEST INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Presenting Partner: UNESCO

Winner: Adam Page

COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Presenting Partner: MusicSA

Winner: GirlsRock! Adelaide

MAJOR AWARDS

BEST NEW ARTIST

Presenting Partner: WOMADelaide

Winner: The Empty Threats

BEST REGIONAL ARTIST

Presenting Partner: Good Music Month

Winner: DEM MOB

BEST ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTIST

Presenting Partner: Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music

Winner: DEM MOB

BEST SOLO ARTIST

Presenting Partner: Scenestr

Winner: Alana Jagt

BEST SONG

Presenting partner: Wonderlick

Winner: The Empty Threats

Work: Evil Eye

BEST RELEASE

Presenting Partner: Hindley Street Music Hall

Winner: Slowmango

Work: Hypercolour Miscellaneous

BEST GROUP

Presenting Partner: Moshtix

Winner:Bad//Dreems

INDUSTRY AWARDS

BEST MANAGER

PresentingPartner: Eckermann Lawyers

Winner: Rachel Whitford

BEST REGIONAL LIVE MUSIC VENUE OR LIVE MUSIC ACTIVATION

Presenting Partner: AHA (SA)

Winner: Adelaide Guitar Festival – On the Road 2023

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Presenting Partner: AHA (SA)

Winner: Crown & Anchor

BEST STUDIO

Presenting Partner: Flinders University

Winner: Wundenbergs

BEST COVER ART

Presenting Partner: Version Design

Winner: Kaspar Schmidt Mumm & The Bait Fridge

Work: Hypercolour Miscellaneous by Slowmango

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Presenting Partner: JC Decaux

Winner: Conor Mercury Movies

Work: Bills by Carla Geneve

BEST MUSIC EDUCATOR

Winner: SAMii

Work: DEM MOB’s Kurunpa Kunpuntjaku

BEST STUDIO ENGINEER/PRODUCER

Presenting Partner: Novatech Creative Event Technologies

Winner: Lewis Wundenberg

BEST LIVE TECHNICIAN

Presenting Partner: Adelaide Backline & Production Hire

Winner: Nathan D’Agostino

BEST SMALL MUSIC FESTIVAL OR EVENT

Presenting Partner: White Marquee

Winner: Some Shine Festival

BEST MAJOR MUSIC FESTIVAL OR EVENT

Presenting Partner: Insurance Advisement Australia

Winner: Vintage Vibes Festival

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

MOST POPULAR BLUES & ROOTS

Presenting Partner: Adelaide West End Association

Winner: Dojo Rise

MOST POPULAR COUNTRY

Winner: Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes

MOST POPULAR ELECTRONIC

Presenting Partner: Thebarton Theatre

Winner: Electric Fields

MOST POPULAR EXPERIMENTAL OR ART MUSIC

Presenting Partner: Crown & Anchor

Winner: SONS OF ZÖKU

MOST POPULAR FOLK

Winner: Ukulele Death Squad

MOST POPULAR HEAVY

Presenting Partner: Derringers Music

Winner: Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys

MOST POPULAR HIP HOP

Presenting Partner: The Gov

Winner: DEM MOB

MOST POPULAR JAZZ

Presenting Partner: Helpmann Academy

Winner: 5 SIDEDCUBE

MOST POPULAR POP

Presenting Partner: Alpha Box & Dice

Winner: The Tullamarines

MOST POPULAR PUNK

Presenting Partner: Three D Radio

Winner: Teenage Joans

MOST POPULAR ROCK

Presenting Partner: UniBar ADL

Winner: Mums Favourite

MOST POPULAR SOUL, FUNK OR RNB

Presenting Partner: Woodville Town Hall

Winner: Mum Thinks Blue



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