You’ve gotta be in it to win it, and 31 finalists have just been announced across eight categories for the fifth annual Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs), taking place at Surfers Paradise Beachfront on 2 May.

An exciting mix of household names and emerging talent, the finalists represent a diverse range of artists at various stages of their career. In the running for four gongs each, homegrown international pop sensation, Amy Shark and country music star Casey Barnes, share the plaque for most nominations.

“I’m so proud to call the Gold Coast my home and incredibly honoured to be recognised amongst my peers. Thank you to the Gold Coast Music Awards for supporting local talent and for helping me pave a career in this incredible country,” said Amy, on the back of a smashing year of national and international success.

Emerging artists San Mei, Mass Sky Raid and Ella Fence are all finalists in three categories, while Peach Fur, Athena Joy and ELSKA make their GCMAs debut, nominated for Release of the Year and Songs of the Year, respectively.

“The judging gets more challenging every year,” said Donna Weston, Gold Coast Music Awards judging panel Chair and Head of Popular Music at Queensland Conservatorium. “But this is a good thing, because it means the calibre of artists making it to the shortlist is getting higher and higher, which also makes the whole process a lot more fun for us.”

The Gold Coast music industry’s night of nights will be hosted by former Triple J presenter, and current Double J favourite, Sarah Howells, in a ticketed VIP marquee on the Surfers Paradise beachfront adjacent to the massive festival sized stage for the free live concert featuring Casey Barnes, San Mei and Peach Fur.

The GCMAs live concert kicks off Surfers Paradise LIVE which will host performances from some of Australia’s best-known artists including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and Bachelor Girl from 2 – 5 May.

A sell-out event in previous years, the GCMAs is one to pop in the diary for music industry peeps and music lovers alike.

View the full list of Gold Coast Music Awards 2019 finalists below, and book your tickets to the awards ceremony at Surfers Paradise beachfront on 2 May via Oztix HERE.


Amy Shark
Casey Barnes
Hussy Hicks
San Mei

Chloe Styler
Mass Sky Raid
San Mei

Amy Shark
Casey Barnes
Electrik Lemonade
Ella Fence
Hussy Hicks

Ella Fence
Ian Peres
Jesse Boyle
Julz Parker
Scott French

Love Monster – Amy Shark
The Good Life – Casey Barnes
Bachelor Tapes – Cold Ghost
Science of Fiction – Mass Sky Raid
Doreen Drive – Peach Fur

I Said Hi – Amy Shark
The Weekend – Athena Joy
XO – Calan Mai
Be Mine – Casey Barnes
I Got Nothing – Cheap Fakes
Girl on the Move – DVNA
Call Girl – Ella Fence
Boy – Elska
Silence Creeping – Hussy Hicks
Delirium – Mass Sky Raid
Cupid Love – Romii
Wonder – San Mei

HOTA, Home of the Arts
Miami Tavern Shark Bar
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Vinnies Dive

Best Day Ever – Burger Joint
XO – Calan Mai
Big Evil – Kobrakai
Cupid Love – ROMII
Dinosynth – Tesla Coils
Shipwrecked – YT DiNGO