The 2015 Carlton Dry AIR Awards were held on Thursday night, showcasing the best of the best of Australia’s independent musicians and record labels. It was a fabulous night, hosted by the very funny Dylan Lewis who ensured we all got totally drunk and had a rad time.
The big winners of the evening included Courtney Barnett scoring 3 gongs including Best Independent Artist, #1 Dads won Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year, Seth Sentry won Best Independent Hip Hop Album and Milk Records walked away with the Best Independent Label award.
We were also delighted by some great performances by Airling, Dead Letter Circus, John Butler Trio, Bad//Dreams and Harts.
Full awards list below.
BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST – PRESENTED BY CARLTON DRY
BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM
COURTNEY BARNETT – SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT
BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP – PRESENTED BY RDIO
COURTNEY BARNETT – DEPRESTON
BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA
BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM
SETH SENTRY – STRANGE NEW PAST
BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
FRANK YAMMA – UNCLE
BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
C.W. STONEKING – GON’ BOOGALOO
BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – I’M IN YOUR MIND FUZZ
BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
FLIGHT FACILITIES – DOWN TO EARTH
BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE
HAYDEN JAMES – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU
BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM
BARNEY MCALL – MOOROOLBARK
BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM
AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA – BRANDENBURG CELEBRATES
BEST INDEPENDENT LABEL