Review: 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

Just under a fortnight ago, the city of Melbourne hosted the independent music scenes night of nights, the 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. Held at the unique Revolt Melbourne Artspace, an old warehouse dawned with projected images taken from this years annual photography exhibition, curated by Kane Hibberd, there was of course a pop up bar, lots of drinks and a unique chandelier made from empty Carlton Dry beer bottles.


The night was hosted by sports personality HG Nelson, which was the result of a chance meeting with Nick O’Byrne, Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR)’s General Manager, in a Splendour In The Grass mosh pit last year. HG was in classic form and managed the celebratory crowd with ease. Awards on the night ranged from Best Independent Jazz Album, Best Independent Classical albums, new categories added this year, to the usual Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album, Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album and of course Best Independent Hip Hop Album.

A number of hip hop artists turned out for the event including, Manaz Ill, Grey Ghost, M-Phazes, Dylan Joel, DJ Flagrant, Spit Syndicate, Joyride, Dialectrix, Joelistics, Jane Tyrrell, and of course Seth Sentry & more.

Nominations for the Best Independent Hip Hop album included:
Bliss n Eso – Circus In The Sky (Illusive), Illy – Bring It Back (Obese Records), Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow (High Score Records), Spit Syndicate – Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records), Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt (Elefant Traks).

After much discussion and deliberation, the 2013 Best Independent Hip Hop Album was awarded to Seth Sentry for his This Was Tomorrow LP. During his acceptance speech Seth thanked his ex-girlfriends for paying his bills when he was a “wannabe rapper” and had no money. Seth Sentry reappeared shortly after the presentation to perform his smash hit Float Away live with DJ Sizzle. Other notable performances on the night included SaskwatchRÜFÜS, Archie Roach and also the new Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Winners – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Seth Sentry has had a massive past year with his ARIA Top Ten debut album This Was Tomorrow, he received high rotation on triple j & Channel V and more, had huge sell out tours across Australia and also became the first local hip hop artist to perform on US late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. Just another causal day for Seth.

Punters were treated to an amazing night of celebrations which continued well into the evening, continuing at Ding Dong, where the after party was held. You can check out the full list of winners at this years 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards below. Congratulations to all the artists, labels and people involved, the night was a big win for Australian music.

Winners for The 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards
Best Independent Artist – Flume
Best Independent Album – Flume – Flume
Breakthrough Independent Artist – Vance Joy
Best Independent Single/EP – Vance Joy – God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Best Independent Hip Hop Album – Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow
Best Independent Country Album – Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough
Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Paul Kelly – Spring And Fall
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 12 Bar Bruise
Best Independent Jazz Album – Jonathan Zwartz – The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Flume – Flume
Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single – Flume – Holdin’ On
Best Independent Classical Album – Amy Dickson – Catch Me If You Can
Best Independent Label – Future Classic
Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
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