The 2017 AIR Awards for independent music were held last night in Adelaide, and not only did A.B. Original clean up, they made things dirty then cleaned up again, dominating proceedings with a well-deserved five awards.
Opening the evening with a kicking live performance, it didn’t take long for Briggs and Trials to return to the stage – again and again and again and again and again. Excellent stuff!
They left space for a few other people to nab shiny things though, with Violent Soho covering hard rock and Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) and Friendships scoring in the dance/electronica category.
Other performances on the night included the legendary Russell Morris singing Black Dog Blues and Elizabeth Rose delivering Another Earth.
Anyway, here are all the 2017 AIR Awards winners in a neat little list…
Breakthrough independent artist of the year
Best independent artist
Best independent single
A.B. Original feat. Dan Sultan – January 26
Best independent album or EP
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia
Best independent hard rock, heavy or punk album
Violent Soho – WACO
Best independent dance, electronica or club single
Nick Murphy – Stop Me (Stop You)
Best independent dance/electronica album
Friendships – Nullabor 1988-1989
Best independent hip hop album
A. B. Original – Reclaim Australia
Best independent blues and roots album
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let the Kids Win
Best independent country album
Henry Wagons – After What I Did Last Night…
Best independent jazz album
James Morrison & Don Burrows – In Good Company
Best independent classical album
Slava Grigoryan – Bach Cello Suites Vol. 1
Best independent label