Here are the 2023 National Live Music Awards winners!

After a two year break due to the pandemic, the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) returned for their 6th annual event tonight, with over 60 awards handed out at eight events held simultaneously across the country – one in every state and territory.

The big winners of the night were Victoria’s Amyl and the Sniffers, and the ACT’s Genesis Owusu, both taking home three wins a-piece. 

Amyl and the Sniffers nabbed the biggest award of the night Live Act of the Year, as well as Best Live Act in VIC presented by SYN, and Best Punk/Hardcore Act presented by HEAVY – winning every award they were nominated for!

Genesis Owusu claimed Best Stage and Lighting Design presented by Novatech with Alex McCoy and Pat Santamaria, plus Best Hip Hop Act, and Best Live Act in ACT presented by BMA.

With both acts kicking off international tours, Amyl sent friends to collect their awards in Brisbane, while Genesis had family collect in Canberra. Genesis Owusu had this to say about his wins:

“Thank you very very much for bestowing me with these great honours… It’s a great honour to have my name attached to these (awards). I don’t think there’s anything in this world I put more work into than the live show. My knees will never be the same. These shins. My Voice. Spending hours and hours conceptualizing narratives with people like Pat and Alex just for this crazy and unexplainable goal of being able to create a new world on stage. It takes a lot of my mental and physical energy. So thank you for recognising it and giving it more of a platform. I truly appreciate it.”

Baker Boy is this year’s winner of the Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) Live Award, which debuted at the NLMA’s 2020 event. He was recognised for his work in celebrating the Yolngu language through music and connecting First Nations young people in remote communities to their potential. Baker Boy is no stranger to the NLMA stage, having previously won multiple awards, including Best Hip Hop Act and Best Live Act in NT.

On his win, Baker Boy said: “This award is so special to me – Making a difference is why I do what I do. Baker Boy is all about showing the next generation what they are capable of through celebrating my culture in the mainstream and sharing the importance of keeping Indigenous Languages alive.”

As was revealed at BIGSOUND, the event’s Hall of Fame this year expanded to industry, with Frontier Touring’s Susan Heymann inducted as the inaugural industry Live Legend at the event at Sydney’s The Great Club, presented by Sounds Australia’s Esti Zilber. 

Yothu Yindi were also Live Legend recipients, honouring their long-standing contribution to the Australian and international music scene.

Dark Mofo, who have previously won six NLMAs, took home another two tonight for Best Live Event in Tasmania, presented by Oztix, and Live Event of the Year in the national categories, presented by The Music.

Taking out the hat trick for Best Live Voice was Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields), with a follow-up win to the 2019 and 2020 awards.

This marks the eighth award for Electric Fields – making them the most awarded artists in the history of the awards – and tying with Dark Mofo for the most wins overall, as both continue to make history at the NLMAs. 

Camp Cope’s Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich also enjoyed a second win this evening with Live Bassist of the Year, after first winning the award back in 2017.   

Queensland’s Ball Park Music took home two trophies, scoring Best Indie/Rock/Alternative Act and the public voted Best Live Act in QLD. They last won a NLMA in 2016 when they were named Best Live Act in the Public Voted award of that year. 

Former recipients Mojo’s Bar (Best Live Venue in WA) and WOMADelaide (Best Live Event in SA) graced the winner’s circle once more, as did Luca Brasi, tonight’s winner of the public voted Best Live Act in TAS.

First time winners in the national categories included Tashi Hall, who was named Best Live Photographer presented by beehive, RÜFÜS DU SOL who were named best DJ/Electronic act, Party Dozen’s Kirsty Tickle who took home Best Live Instrumentalist for her incredible Saxophone prowess, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for Best Classical, and C.O.F.F.I.N who were named Best Hard Rock/Metal Act presented by HEAVY. 

The annual industry award “The NLMA”, which had previously been a national trophy that was awarded to the likes of Sounds Australia, Girls Rock! Australia and Leanne De Souza, this year moved to a State/Territory accolade voted on by the 100 national jurors. The winners were Ruth O’Brien (ACT), Vyvienne Alba (NSW), Isobella Caruso (SA), Asher Gregory (NT), Joc Curran (QLD), Kelsie Miller (WA), Sam Dowson (TAS) and Allison Watters (VIC).

Founder of the National Live Music Awards, Larry Heath, said of tonight’s event, “We were so thrilled to bring the awards back tonight after two years away, and what an amazing opportunity to celebrate all the hard work of the world’s best live music industry through all the trials and tribulations of those years. As costs of touring continue to rise, as do the pressures of touring on artists, it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time.”

“On behalf of myself, and the entire National Live Music Awards board, congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who came out to enjoy the evening, as well as the 19 artists who performed around the country tonight. What a bunch of legends!”

Live performances at the NLMAs around the country included ARCHIE, Bad Lunar, Melody Pool, Chloe Dadd, Carla Lippis & Mondo Psycho, The Empty Threats, Grace Chia, Siobhan Cotchin, and many more. You can see the full lists of performances at

One performance that wasn’t announced was nominee Josh Pyke, who popped up to surprise the attendees and perform a couple of songs during the awards in Sydney. 

Visit the social accounts @nlmas23 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see content from all the events, and peak the full list of winners below. 

Here’s the full list of winners:

2023 Live Legend Inductees

Yothu Yindi
Susan Heymann

Live Act of the Year

Amyl and the Sniffers

MMAD Live Award
Presented by MMAD

Baker Boy

Live Voice of the Year

Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)

Live Guitarist of the Year

Joey Walker (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard)

Live Bassist of the Year

Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope)

Live Drummer of the Year
aka “The Sheddy”

G Flip

Live Instrumentalist of the Year

Kirsty Tickle (Party Dozen)

Live Event of the Year

Dark Mofo

Live Photographer of the Year
Presented by Beehive

Tashi Hall

Live Journalist of the Year

Sosefina Fuamoli

International Tour of the Year
Presented by Live Event Logistics

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Supersonic

Best Stage and Lighting Design
Presented by Novatech

Alex McCoy and Pat Santamaria – Genesis Owusu


Best Punk/Hardcore Act
Presented by Heavy

Amyl and the Sniffers

Best Hard Rock/Metal Act
Presented by Heavy


Best Indie/Rock/Alternative Act

Ball Park Music

Best Hip Hop Act

Genesis Owusu

Best Electronic/DJ Act


Best Pop Act

Thelma Plum

Best Folk Act

Emily Wurramara

Best Blues & Roots Act

The Teskey Brothers

Best Country Act

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys

Best R&B/Soul Act


Best Classical Act

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Best Jazz Act

Hiatus Kaiyote



Best Live Act in the ACT
Presented by BMA

Genesis Owusu

Best Live Voice in the ACT

Cormac McKahey (Sonic Reducer)

Best Live Venue in the ACT

The Basement

Best Live Event in the ACT
Presented by Oztix

Loading Zone – Sideway


Ruth O’Brien


Best Live Act in NSW
Presented by 2SER


Best Live Voice in NSW

Vera Blue

Best Live Venue in NSW

The Enmore Theatre

Best Live Event in NSW
Presented by Oztix

Mardi Gras Fair Day


Vyvienne Alba


Best Live Act in SA
Presented by City of Adelaide

The Empty Threats

Best Live Voice in SA

Carla Lippis

Best Live Venue in SA

The Gov

Best Live Event in SA
Presented by Oztix



Isobella Caruso


Best Live Act in NT

King Stingray

Best Live Voice in NT

Katanga Junior

Best Live Venue in NT

Darwin Railway Club

Best Live Event in NT
Presented by Oztix

Darwin Festival


Asher Gregory


Best Live Act in QLD
Presented by 4ZZZ

Ball Park Music

Best Live Voice in QLD

Katie Noonan

Best Live Venue in QLD
Presented by Red Octopus

The Tivoli

Best Live Event in QLD
Presented by Oztix

Woodford Folk Festival


Joc Curran


Best Live Act in VIC
Presented by SYN

Amyl and the Sniffers

Best Live Voice in VIC
Presented by Music Victoria

Julia Jacklin

Best Live Venue in VIC

The Forum

Best Live Event in VIC
Presented by Oztix

Meredith Music Festival


Allison Watters


Best Live Act in TAS
Presented by City of Hobart

Luca Brasi

Best Live Voice in TAS
Presented by Simple

Claire Anne Taylor

Best Live Venue in TAS
Presented by Edge Radio

The Odeon Theatre

Best Live Event in TAS
Presented by Oztix

Dark Mofo


Sam Dowson


Best Live Act in WA
Presented by RTR FM

Alter Boy

Best Live Voice in WA

Carla Geneve

Best Live Venue in WA

Mojos Bar

Best Live Event in WA
Presented by Oztix

Nannup Music Festival


Kelsie Miller