Iconic Sydney trio The Necks are set to be presented with the inaugural Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the 2019 Art Music Awards next month.

For more than 30 years, The Necks have served as one of the most underrated groups on the Australian music scene.

First forming back in 1987 by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, Lloyd Swanton, The Necks’ lineup has remained constant throughout their career, with their first album, Sex, being released 1989 to critical acclaim.

In addition to being a successful group, each member of The Necks has also achieved notable individual success, making them one of the most celebrated acts in Australia, with sold-out performances around the world ensuring music-lovers from all walks of life continue to appreciate their intricate sounds.

With 20 albums to their name, a handful of ARIA and APRA Awards, and a penchant for lengthy, emotive, improvised live sets, The Necks truly are one of the great treasures of the local music scene.

Now, ahead of the 2019 Art Music Awards being handed out at Sydney University’s Great Hall, The Necks have been named as the inaugural recipients of the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.