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5 Artists Set To Dominate The Queensland Music Awards And Where To Catch Them

By Lillian Curthoys
13th Feb 2020

Queensland Music Awards

How good is Queensland’s local music scene? As a state, we’ve been blessed with the voiceboxes, lyrical genius and musical prowess of some big names like Kate Miller-Heidke and Bernard Fanning, as well as more emerging artists like WAAX and Asha Jeffries. And is there a better way to spotlight local and regional talent than at an intimately local ceremony? If so, I’m listening. Enter, the Queensland Music Awards, held this year inside the young walls of The Fortitude Music Hall

These awards can be the stepping off point for a lot of new artists, or they can be the crowning glory for seasoned professionals. But the best news is that the QMAs bring most of the nominees to Brisbane, and this means (you guessed it) a whole lot of local acts popping up for pre/post big night shows. With 23 awards up for grabs each year, here are five acts set to dominate the night, and where you can catch them during in their time in Brisbane. 


We begin with IVEY, a group of five from the Gold Coast, whose band inception story is just as breezy as the music they make. Mille Perks, lead vocalist, joined the band after performing at a party and being inducted on the spot. Pretty sweet snatch up. She joined brothers Lachie and Matt McGuffie, their neighbour Dante Martin, and Riley Smith. IVEY is nominated in the Pop category for their song, ‘Bodies’ and you can catch them at Ivory Tusk on 21 February. 

When: Friday 21 February 
Where: Ivory Tusk, Fortitude Valley
Find out more and get tickets here

First Beige 

Coming off the beginnings of their 2020 Australian tour and freshly signed up for the Big Pineapple Music Festival, First Beige is a Brisbane-based six piece band whose sounds genre bend and radiate eccentricity. It's reimagined disco funk beats matched with billowing vocals and a deep feeling of grooviness. With First Beige nominated in the Soul/Funk/R&B category for their song, ‘Details,’ you can join members David Versace, Oscar Borschmann, Jasper Gundersen, Cain Robertson, Julia Beiers and Troy Doolan at their Brisbane show, playing their hoard of tangy tunes to The Tivoli on 1 March.

When: Sunday 1 March
Where: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Find out more and get tickets here.

Jaguar Jonze 

Fresh out of her Eurovision: Australia Decides performance and on track for another awards night at the QMAs, Jaguar Jonze’s oozy, dreamy sounds are just part of the delight that is her onstage presence and offstage enigma. Jonze’s songs simultaneously have a tranquil, drifting quality to them, and yes, cover some pretty tough topics that are made more palatable by the music. Coming out of Brisbane with such a defined sense of self for a performer is pretty hard this early on, but Jonze has got it. Jaguar Jonze is nominated in the Singer/Songwriter category for her song, ‘Beijing Baby,’ and you can catch her on 21 February at Black Bear Lodge. 

When: Friday 21 February
Where: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Find out more and get tickets here

Leanne Tennant 

Like a cup of tea at the pointy end of a rainy work day, Leanne Tennant offers music that is a welcome pick-me-up, without electrocuting your blood and heart. Leanne Tennant’s newest single, ‘Bring It All Back,’ is a swift change of direction for the Cairns based artist, and the song is not so much a wild ride, but in charge of who it is and where it sits within the larger spectrum of blues music. It’s comforting and dewy, but still has an air of assertiveness, which is hard to juggle in a three minute piece of music. Leanne Tennant is nominated in the Blues/Root category for her song, ‘Bring It All Back,’ and you can catch her at The Junk Bar at the end of the month. 

When: Thursday 27 February
Where: The Junk Bar, Ashgrove
Find out more and get tickets here

Oh Harlow

Proudly Brisbane-based duo Oh Harlow have already established themselves as an up and coming force in the country music realm, with their first song off their unreleased debut album being nominated for a QMA. Tianna and Briannah began writing their songs early, and their single ‘Give It A Miss’ has the delightful union of the banjo and layered harmonies. As they make their way into the music scene, they’re sure to get bigger and better.  Oh Harlow is nominated in the Country category for their song, ‘Give It A Miss,’ and you'll want to head to Noosaville to catch them on 23 February.

When: Sunday, 23 February 
Where: Boiling Pot Brewing Co, Noosaville
Find out more and get tickets here

Love a night of live music? Check out where to listen to it every night in Brisbane here

Image credit: IVEY 

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