Here are your nominees for the 2023 National Live Music Awards.

Winners will be revealed from 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th October 2023, with events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide. Limited FREE tickets available to select shows. Head to to join us!

The 2023 NLMAs Nominees


2023 Live Legend Inductees

Yothu Yindi

Susan Heymann

National Awards

MMAD – Musicians Making a Difference Award

Presented by MMAD

Baker Boy

For his work in celebrating the Yolngu language through music and connecting First Nations young people in remote communities to their potential.

Big hART & Songs for Freedom

For their advocacy work in raising awareness of the disproportionate incarceration rates of Aboriginal children in Australian prisons through their national touring production.

Prinnie Stevens

For celebrating the historic power of the female voice and the transformation of pain into music through her album and stage show, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’

G Flip

For their advocacy work in encouraging conversation about gender identity.

Josh Pyke

For championing indigenous languages through music in primary schools while raising funds through Busking for Change.

Best Live Act

Amyl and the Sniffers

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Electric Fields

King Stingray

Genesis Owusu

Best Live Voice

Cash Savage


Romy Vager (RVG)

Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (King Stingray)

Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)

Best Live Guitarist

Andrew Glitoris (Glitoris)

Chloe Dadd (May-a, Peach PRC, Solo)

Joey Walker (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard)

Roy Kellaway (King Stingray)

Sophie McComish (Body Type)

Best Live Bassist

Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope)

Lucas Harwood (King Gizzard)

Nick Finch (Cash Savage)

Steele Chabau (Butterfingers, James Johnston, Katie Noonan and more…)

Zoe Hauptmann (Missy Higgins, Ian Moss, Troy Cassar-Daley and Phil Jamieson)

Best Live Drummer – The Sheddy

Sarah Thompson (Camp Cope)

Michael Cavanagh (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard)

Lewis Stiles (King Stingray)

G Flip


Best Live Instrumentalist

Kirsty Tickle (Party Dozen)

Laura Jean

Lyndon Blue

Monique Clare

William Barton

Best Live Photographer
Presented by beehive

Jess Gleeson

Jordan Munns

Ruby Boland

Samuel Graves

Tashi Hall

Best Live Journalist

Ellie Robinson

Mikey Cahill

Sosefina Fuamoli

Will Oakeshott

Zara Richards

Best Live Event

Presented by The Music

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Dark Mofo

Meredith Music Festival

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Best Stage & Light Design

Presented by Novatech

Gang of Youths – Emile Frederick, Nathan Taylor and Louis Oliver

Genesis Owusu – Alex McCoy and Pat Santamaria

Rüfüs Du Sol – Matthew Smith and Alex ‘Katzki’ George

Tame Impala – Rob Sinclair

Vera Blue – Nathan Dagostino, Nicholas Beachen and Rachael Johnston

Best International Tour

Presented by Live Event Logistics

Angel Olsen – Big Time Tour 2023 – Supersonic

Ed Sheeran – + – = ÷ x Tour – Frontier Touring

Harry Styles – Love on Tour – Live Nation

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Australian Carnage Tour – Supersonic

Sleaford Mods – AUS Tour 2023 – Handsome Tours

Genre Awards

Best Indie/Rock/Alternative Act

Ball Park Music

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard


Best Hip Hop Act


Baker Boy


Genesis Owusu

Tkay Maidza

Best DJ/Electronic Act

Elle Shimada


Rüfüs Du Sol


Tijuana Cartel

Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Act

Presented by HEAVY




Rocky’s Pride & Joy


Best Pop Act

Amy Shark

Electric Fields

Peach PRC

Thelma Plum

Vera Blue

Best Punk/Hardcore Act

Presented by HEAVY

Amyl and the Sniffers

Cable Ties

Pinch Points

Private Function

Sly Withers

Best Folk Act

Ben Salter

Charm of Finches

Emily Wurramara

Melody Pool

Naomi Keyte

Best Blues & Roots Act


Hussy Hicks

Jack Biilmann & The Black Tide

Sweet Talk

The Teskey Brothers

Best Country Act

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys

Hana and Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits

Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes

Siobhan Cotchin

The Weeping Willows

Best R&B or Soul Act


Emma Donovan and the Putbacks




Best Classical Act

Australian String Quartet

Australian Vocal Ensemble (AVÉ) feat. Katie Noonan, Fiona Campbell, Andrew Goodwin and Andrew O’Connor 

Ensemble Offspring

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Best Jazz Act

Cigany Weaver

Grievous Bodily Calm

Hiatus Kaiyote


Shaolin Afronauts

State and Territory Awards

A local NLMA: Industry Achievement Award winner will be revealed at each event on the night. 

NSW – Presented by 2SER

Best Live Act in NSW
Presented by 2SER


Body Type




Best Live Voice in NSW

Andy Golledge


Georgia Mulligan

Milan Ring

Vera Blue

Best Live Venue in NSW

Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour

Oxford Art Factory

Phoenix Central Park

The Enmore Theatre

The Great Club

Best Live Event in NSW

Presented by Oztix

Dashville Skyline

Groovin’ The Moo

Mardi Gras Fair Day

Summer Camp Festival

Yours & Owls Festival

VIC – Presented by SYN

Best Live Act in VIC

Presented by SYN

Amyl and the Sniffers


Emma Donovan and the Putbacks


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Best Live Voice in VIC

Presented by Music Victoria

Emma Donovan

Georgia Maq (Camp Cope)

Julia Jacklin

Sampa The Great


Best Live Venue in VIC

Brunswick Ballroom

Forum Melbourne

Northcote Social Club


The Night Cat

Best Live Event in VIC

Presented by Oztix

Golden Plains

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival


Meredith Music Festival

Rising Festival

QLD – Presented by 4ZZZ

Best Live Act in QLD

Presented by 4ZZZ

Ball Park Music

Cigany Weaver

Full Flower Moon Band

Jaguar Jonze


Best Live Voice in QLD

Asha Jefferies

Jaguar Jonze


Katie Noonan

Marie DeVita (WAAX)

Best Live Venue in QLD

Presented by Red Octopus

Fortitude Music Hall

The Brightside

The Princess Theatre

The Tivoli

The Triffid

Best Live Event in QLD

Presented by Oztix


Caloundra Music Festival

Groovin’ The Moo

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

ACT – Presented by BMA

Best Live Act in the ACT
Presented by BMA

Apricot Ink



Genesis Owusu


Best Live Voice in the ACT

Cormac McKahey (Sonic Reducer)

Keven 007 (Glitoris)

Kim Yang

Lucy Sugerman

Tasha Nauenburg (Bad Lunar)

Best Venue in the ACT

Gang Gang Cafe


Smith’s Alternative

The Basement

UCLivex – UC Refectory & UC Hub

Best Live Event in the ACT

Presented by Oztix


Loading Zone – Sideway

National Folk Festival

Spilt Milk



Best Live Act in the NT

Caiti Baker

Katanga Junior

King Stingray


Southeast Desert Metal Band

Best Live Voice in the NT

Aidan Lijanga (Katanga Junior)

Alice Cotton

Caiti Baker

Ngulmiya Nundhirribala

Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (King Stingray)

Best Live Venue in the NT

Black Wreath

Darwin Railway Club

Epilogue Lounge & Rooftop Bar

Happy Yess

The Darwin Ski Club

Best Live Event in the NT

Presented by Oztix

Barunga Festival


Blacken Festival

Darwin Festival

Garma Festival

SA – Presented by Three D Radio

Best Live Act in SA

Presented by City of Adelaide

Electric Fields


Teenage Joans

The Empty Threats

West Thebarton

Best Live Voice in SA

Presented by Three D Radio

Alana Jagt

Carla Lippis

Naomi Keyte


Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)

Best Live Venue in SA


Lion Arts Factory

The Gov

The Wheatsheaf Hotel

UniBar Adelaide

Best Live Event in SA

Presented by Oztix

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival

Adelaide Jazz Festival

Harvest Rock

PAK Music Live at Wundenbergs


TAS – Presented by Edge Radio 99.3FM

Best Live Act in TAS

Presented by City of Hobart

Grace Chia

Lennon Wells

Luca Brasi

The Native Cats


Live Voice in TAS

Presented by Simple

Ben Salter

Christopher Coleman

Claire Anne Taylor

Emily Wurramara

Tasha Zappala

Best Live Venue in TAS

Presented by Edge Radio


Royal Oak Hotel

Simple Complex

The Grand Poobah

The Odeon Theatre

Best Live Event in TAS

Presented by Oztix

Cygnet Folk Festival

Dark Mofo

Mona Foma

Pangaea – a festival of the arts, culture & sustainability

Party in the Paddock

WA – Presented by RTR FM

Best Live Act in WA

Presented by RTR FM

Alter Boy


Spacey Jane

Tame Impala

The Kill Devil Hills

Best Live Voice in WA


Brendon Humphries (The Kill Devil Hills)

Carla Geneve

Noah Dillon

Siobhan Cotchin

Best Live Venue in WA



Mojos Bar

The Bird

The Rosemount

Best Live Event in WA

Presented by Oztix

Hidden Treasures – Fremantle’s Music Series

Hyper Festival

Nannup Music Festival

RTRFM’s In The Pines


Photo Credit: King Stringray who, along with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, enjoy 6 nominations each this year. Photo by Roy Kellaway.