Here's What Went Down At The 2019 Music Victoria Awards

20 November 2019 | 11:00 pm | Jessica DaleDan Cribb

"This is such an honour for us."

Vika & Linda Bull with Kate Ceberano

Vika & Linda Bull with Kate Ceberano

Melbourne music is looking better than ever, as evident via tonight’s Music Victoria Awards ceremony.

The annual event saw a slew of artists, releases, venues and festivals pick up awards, with local favourites The Teskey Brothers claiming four, including Best Album, Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act, Best Song and Best Band alongside $16,000 in cash, following their Best Breakthrough Act win in 2017.

“We had a look at the nominees this year, and it was an incredible line-up, so to win this is such an honour for us,” The Teskey Brothers said. 

Sampa The Great and Courtney Barnett took out Best Hip Hop Act and Best Solo Artist respectively for a second year, while Tones & I (real name Toni Watson) – who rewrote ARIA chart history last week - was awarded Outstanding Achievement Award for her huge success over the past year.

"I just want to say thank you so much for picking me for the Outstanding Achievement Award," said Watson in a pre-recorded video message. 

"It means a lot and I really wish I could be there but unfortunately I can't... It's a huge honour and I really wish I could be there."

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Tonight’s event, held at Melbourne Recital Centre, also saw Vika & Linda Bull inducted into the 2019 Music Victoria Hall Of Fame by Kate Ceberano. 

"And now together - always together - forever together, we celebrate their important position in the history of Australian music," said Ceberano. "It's my profound privilege to present Vika and Linda Bull with their Hall Of Fame distinction tonight. Long may you reign, our Tongan queens." 

"This is a great honour for a couple of chicks from Doncaster," said Linda during their induction speech. 

"It means so much because it says that recognition can come to anyone if they work hard and stay true to themselves."

The duo performed When Will You Fall For Me? from their 1994 debut album Vika & Linda with Mark Seymour on guitar.



Best Victorian Album of 2019 ($10,000 cash prize)

The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Best Band

The Teskey Brothers

Best Song ($3,000 cash prize)

The Teskey Brothers – So Caught Up

Best Solo Artist

Courtney Barnett

Best Male Musician

Paul Kelly

Best Female Musician

Erica Dunn (Tropical Fuck Storm, Palm Springs, MOD CON, Harmony)

Best Victorian Breakthrough Act of 2019 ($5,000 cash prize)

G Flip

Best Live Act ($5,000 travel voucher)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Best Small Venue (under 500 capacity)

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

Best Large Venue (over 500 capacity)

Forum, Melbourne


Best Festival

Golden Plains

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act ($3,000 cash prize)

The Teskey Brothers

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Over 50 gigs per year) ($3,000 cash prize)

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue (Under 50 gigs per year) ($3,000 cash prize)

Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan

Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent ($2,000 cash prize)

Key Hoo

Best Blues Album

Opelousas – Opelousified

Best Country Album

Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle And Roll

Best Electronic Act

Sui Zhen

Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act

Naretha Williams

Best Folk or Roots Album

The Maes – The Maes

Best Heavy Album

Suldusk – Lunar Falls

Best Hip Hop Act

Sampa The Great

Best Intercultural Act


Best Jazz Album

Andrea Keller – Transients Vol. 1

Best Reggae and Dancehall Act

Echo Drama

Best Rock/Punk Album

Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops

Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or RNB Album

Allysha Joy – Acadie: Raw


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