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Tame Impala and Split Seconds dominate the 2011 WAMi Awards

WA Music’s night of nights, the WAMi Awards went off with a bang on Saturday night, at the 2011 festival venue the Bakery Artrage complex, filled to the brim with musicians, managers and industry personalities. Dom Alessio from triple j and Video Hits’ Dylan Lewis hosted the 18th awards night in front of a very talented room.

With members from well known WA bands Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala and Karnivool in attendance, as well as a plethora of talented local favourites, crowds enjoyed short performances from John Bennett and Grace Woodroofe during the night, in between the presenting of the 28 industry and public voted awards.

Newcomers Split Seconds cleaned up in the public voted, industry voted and individual awards, taking out Most Popular Newcomer, Most Promising New Act and Best Indie Pop Act as well as having members win Best Vocalist (Sean Pollard) and Best Drummer (Todd Pickett).

Tame Impala capped off a summer of touring by taking the WAMingtons in the Most Popular Act, Most Popular Live Act and Best Rock Act, with guitarist Kevin Parker also winning Best Guitarist in the Craft Awards.

The Best Commercial Pop Act award was a tie, with Felicity Groom and Tim and Jean sharing the cake in one of the only ties in recent history. Birds of Tokyo took out the Most Popular Album award with their self titled offering, while long time Perth favourites Jebediah took top gong for Best Single/EP with their recent single ‘She’s Like A Comet’.

At the end of the night though, it was WA music industry favourite Luke ‘Rinnaz’ Rinaldi who took out top gong, the Golden WAMi. Collecting his second award for the night, after earlier taking the cake for Best Manager, the much loved ‘Rinnaz’ thanked his stable of bands as well as long time mentor Heath Bradbury.

After award proceedings, guests danced the night away to youngsters San Cisco, Sons of Rico and multi-award winners, Split Seconds, with DJ sets from Tame Impala and Cut and Paste Soundsystem keeping the dance floor going between sets.

For a full list of 2011 WAMi Award Winners, see www.wamifestival.com.au.