Queensland Music Awards finalists and performers announced

Brisbane-via-Cairns artist Emma Louise, country icon James Blundell, international buzz band DZ Deathrays, and local hip-hop leaders MC Murriz are among the finalists announced today in the inaugural Queensland Music Awards formerly known as the Q Song Awards.

The complete list of finalists – below – has been released after a month of deliberation by more than 35 judges from across the country and overseas.

Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley, whose organisation is behind the Awards, says the finalists represent an impressive mix of established and emerging artists, some of who are just starting their careers.

She added that the judging panel members were faced with a mammoth task to pick the finalists across a huge range of genre categories.

“Entries this year have been of such a high calibre, highlighting the depth of songwriting talent across the State,” Ms Foley explains. “It has shown once again that great songs and great performers really are at the heart of this industry. And we are blessed to have plenty of both in Queensland.”

Winners of all categories will be announced at the Queensland Music Awards night, to be held at new venue The Old Museum on August 16. Hosted by 612 ABC Brisbane’s Richard Fidler and triple j’s Sarah Howells, the awards night will feature performances from The Medics, Busby Marou, Emma Louise, and DZ Deathrays with yet more to be announced.

Music fans will also soon be able to have their say in the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite artists in the Most Popular Female, Most Popular Male and Most Popular Group categories – voting starts on July 14.

Category winners will be supported through a major national promotional campaign delivered online through Q Music and with support from media partners including The Courier-Mail, 612 ABC Brisbane and ABC Local Radio.

The Awards ceremony will also incorporate the announcement of Arts Queensland’s $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship award and the new Export Achievement Award that recognises Queensland acts taking their music to the world.

Limited tickets for the Queensland Music Awards event also go on sale today from

Now a more intimate sit-down cabaret affair, the new venue and new format will make this year’s Queensland Music Awards a very special event.

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Queensland Music Awards 2011 Finalists

A Burning Horizon - Tria Mera

Ferroressonance - A Breach of Silence

Vultures - Greenthief

Rad Solar - DZ Deathrays

All I Know - Con Artists/Elly Hoyt

Yellow and Blue - Kym Ambrose

The Pumpkin - Miguel

Saudade - Roberto Iregui

Jungle - Emma Louise

The Eastern Sky - Adventure Land

A Distant Memory - Liam Griffin

You're So Cool - Streamer Bendy

Point the Bone - Dubmarine

Biding My Time - Busby Marou

Jah The Light - Dave Dow & The Human Groove

Beggars - The Medics

Ode to Abigail - Stephen Smith

Greed - Bede Lipman

Postcard - Hannah Karydas

Emotional Suicide - Kirsten Allendorf

Brave New World - Stalkz

I Wantcha Number - Streamer Bendy

Robots - Schoolfight

Entertainment Biz - MC Murriz

Move Into The City - James Blundell

Umbrella Town - The McMenamins

Lifeboat - Roz Pappalardo

Whiskey Gully Road - Norma O'Hara Murphy

Gebbie Street - DZ Deathrays

Oliver - Silent Feature Era

Time & Place - Last Dinosaurs

Listening Party - The Cairos

Between the Green and the Blue - Alan Kelly

Merchants of Sin - Kylie Southwell

Moreton Bay - Anthony Garcia

Crawling From The Wreckage - The Leaping Lizards

The Stars Have Aligned - DieVsCity

Baby I Got Your Body - Jonathan Jeffrey

All I Heard - Mitzi

Oh Baby... Yeah! - Jim Ottaway

1000 Sundowns - Emma Louise

Undertakers - Drawn from Bees

Biding My Time - Busby Marou

Highway of Dreams - Alan Boyle

Double Standards - Zennith

The Murder Ballad of Miss Belle Noir - Kylie Southwell

One Step - Kooii

Love You More - Bobby Alu

Between the Green and the Blue - Alan Kelly

Brave New World - Stalkz

Umbrella Town - The McMenamins

Love You More - Bobby Alu

I Want That You Are Always Happy - The Middle East

An Outpost of Promise - Halfway

Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia

Magnetic Island - Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side


Kate Miller-Heidke

DZ Deathrays


Lawrence English

Hungry Kids of Hungary