Vote for the South Australian Music Awards 2021

Do you consider yourself to be up to date with what is sonically good in Adelaide? Make your opinion known by voting for the best group or musical ensemble of your genre for this year’s South Australian Music Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony in November.

The ballots have officially opened for the 2021 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards, with more than 150 bands vying for more than 10 gongs chosen by the public.

Solo musos and bands – such as TOWNS, two wacky rock musicians, vibrant virtuoso Stellie, street rap star Brenton Torrens, and experimental ensemble The Empty Threats – are up for the following awards:

  • Blues and Roots (presented by Adelaide UniBar);
  • Country (presented by the Grace Emily Hotel);
  • Electronics (presented by Fat Controller);
  • Experimental (presented by The Lab);
  • Folk (presented by the Wheatsheaf Hotel);
  • Heavy (presented by ARMI);
  • Hip Hop (presented by The Gov);
  • Jazz (presented by the Gilbert Street Hotel);
  • Pop (presented by Lion Arts Factory);
  • Punk (presented by Three D Radio);
  • Rock (presented by Jive); and
  • Soul / Funk / RnB (presented by Woodville Town Hall).

Voting for the SAM Awards is free, but you can only vote once. It is also recommended to vote only in categories that you are familiar with; for example, if you’re a pop lover and heavy metal isn’t your thing, avoid those crunchy riffs.

SAM’s industry and major awards, ranging from top venue to sound technician, will be decided by a panel of 15 national and local judges, all of whom work in the music industry or are valued members of the community.

Judges include Alex Karatassa, event director and curator of the Five Four Entertainment festival, Triple J Home and Hosed host Declan Byrne, rapper Nelson Dialect from Adelaide New York to Adelaide, Girls Rock! Adelaide co-director Hannah Fairlamb, and speaker at the Center for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) Grayson Rotumah, among others.

The SAM Awards are presented annually by Music SA, with the support of the Government of South Australia, major partners and various sponsors within the state’s music community.

The winners will be announced at the SAM Awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Old Adelaide Gaol in Thebarton. Early Bird tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.

While organizers are keeping a low profile on who is invited to perform at this year’s event, previous awards ceremonies have included star-studded lineup, with SAM alumni such as rising hip-hop star Adrian Eagle and an electronic outfit (and Eurovision participants) Electric Fields.

Keep an eye on the SAM Awards social media to find out when the full program will be unveiled.

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