WAM’s Song of the Year Awards party goes virtual this week

It’s become pretty much the norm these days, but WAM (West Australian Music) are taking the Awards Party for their 2020 Song of the Year competition online this year. The virtual awards party will be coming to you live from WAM’s Facebook page, this Wednesday, July 29th from 7:30pm (AWST).

With¬†Odette Mercy on MC duties, the party will feature an opening address from ¬†WA¬†Premier of Western Australia, Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, as well as an intimate performance of Wanjoo from¬†Gina Williams¬†and¬†Guy Ghouse. There will also be live performances from 2020 nominees: Adrian Dzvuke (pictured),¬†Siobhan Cotchin,¬†Fourth State Turiya,¬†Latehorse¬†and¬†The Hunting Birds. Other guests drawn from WA’s musical talent are expected to drop in and help celebrate throughout the evening.

Presented by Act-Belong-Commit, the competition celebrates the best of West Australian songwriting from across the genre spectrum. For many the competition provides a rare opportunity for local artists to present their work to industry officials. There’s also the option to also receive personalised feedback. The competition is split across seventeen categories, including: Blues/Roots, Country, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Metal/Heavy, Punk/Hardcore, Pop, Rock, Urban/Hip Hop, Global and Act-Belong-Commit. There are also extra categories for Schools 14 Years & Under, Schools 15-17, Outstanding Indigenous and Outstanding Regional.

In fact the 2020 competition has really highlighted the talent within WA’s regional areas, with thirteen of the seventeen categories featuring nominations for regional songwriters. 2020 is also the year for Multi-nominated artists, with¬†Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks and¬†Indigo Ellis leading the way on three nominations a-piece.

The full list of nominees can be found on the WAM website HERE. You can also get yourself in the mood for the virtual awards with the official nominee playlist.

The 2020 WAM Song of the Year Competition Virtual Awards Party takes place at 7:30pm (AWST) on Wednesday July 29th on the WAM Facebook page. 

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.