With the 2018 APRA Music Awards coming up in Sydney this week, the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Music has been awarded to none other than Midnight Oil this week.
The announcement comes as the APRA Awards reveals more details about their event at the Sydney International Convention Centre on April 10th, with Tim Minchin, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Baker Boy and more set to perform. The Ted Albert Award acknowledges Midnight Oil’s consistent presence within the Australian industry and of course, their massive impact on Australian rock music both here and abroad.
The band says of the award, “It’s a great honour for our band. Ted’s great skill was his knack for picking talent, his genuine love for original Australian music, and the creation of his legendary production house – which has become a by-word for excellence and success.”
“Midnight Oil’s connection to Alberts began in 1978, when the band – in between playing sweaty pub gigs in and around Sydney – recorded our first album at the Boomerang House studio in King St (‘Whoah! A band that eats!’ said Harry Vanda, when he caught us scoffing burgers). Nine years later we were back at Alberts, this time at Neutral Bay, to record Diesel and Dust – an album inspired by the Australian desert and Top End communities, but which opened doors for us right around the world.”
Presenting awards on the night will be the likes of Isabella Manfredi, Tracey Spicer, and Andrew Farriss, while the winners of the Licensee of the Year and International Work of the Year awards have also been announced – congratulations to the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, respectively.
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