Perth rockers Methyl Ethyl and Brisbane indie-pop band The Jungle Giants delivered an AIR Awards first last night.

Both bands were tied for the Best Independent Album or EP Award with Methyl Ethel’s Everything is Forgotten, which hit #16 on the ARIA chart in March 2017, and The Jungle Giants’ third ARIA #11-charting LP Quiet Ferocity both accruing an equal number of votes.

Taking place in Adelaide’s last night during the annual Indie-Con conference and showcase event – and hosted once again by Dylan Lewis – the AIR Awards acknowledged 12 of Australia’s finest artists and rewarded two strong independent music business with financial funding supporting partners Merlin and Moshtix.

Having kicked off the night performing with a Welcome to Country featuring the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dancers, and a performance of his own ‘Mr La Di Da Di’ single, Baker Boy took out the award for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year.

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Baker Boy

PNAU, who returned to the charts with sixth record Changa last year and hit #4 on the ARIA chart with its lead single ‘Chameleon’, took out two awards. The two-time ARIA Award winners took out the AIR Awards for Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single and Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album.