The fourth annual Gold Coast Music Awards took place last night with a sold out beachside event hosting the best of the Gold Coast’s musical talent.

The event which featured performances from Bobby Alu, Hussy Hicks, Electrik Lemonade, and more celebrated the thriving music industry and culture in the coastal area.

On judging the nominations, panel chair and Queensland Conservatorium deputy director, Donna Weston said “The categories were hotly contested in the judging this year. Given the strength of nominations, the judges just had to keep coming back to the criteria to ensure the right results were reached.”

Hussy Hicks

The ceremony saw indie darling Amy Shark beaten out for three of the four awards she was nominated, however she won Artist of the year for a second time. Hollow Coves took home two awards for Breakout artist of the year, and Song of the year.

On Hollow Coves big wins, judge Julia Bridger said, “Hollow Coves were a revelation for the judging panel this year. Beautifully written and recorded songs, and incredible steps that they’ve made career-wise meant they were deserving winners in a very competitive field of finalists.”