TWO Logan acts have secured places in the finals at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards.
The Brave, a five-piece made up of Nathan Toussaint on vocals, Daniel Neucom on bass, Kurt Thomson and David Mead on guitar, Brent Thomson on drums are finalists in the heavy category for the song, Etheral.
RIVAH, nominated for the song Cheerleader, is a finalist in the soul, funk and R&B category.
The QMAs recognise the best emerging acts alongside established names. Dozens of acts from all over the state compete in about 20 categories. There will also be awards for best venue, festival, musical export and hall of fame.
Fresh from international success, the Gold Coast’s Amy Shark and her song Weekends takes on Cub Sport’s Chasing, Sheppard’s Coming Home and The Jungle Giant’s Feel the Way I Do in best pop song, traditionally the state’s strongest category.
Shark leads the pack with the The Jungle Giants, both with three nominations, closely followed by dual nominees WAAX, Tia Gostelow, The Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport, Eleea and King Social.
Brisbane’s hometown heroes DZ Deathrays and Jeremy Neale, first-time nominees WAAX and the Gold Coast’s Landings compete in the best rock song category.
The album of the year shortlist features The Jungle Giants’ Quiet Ferocity, The Creases’ Tremolow, Cub Sport's BATS, The Kite String Tangle’s The Kite String Tangle and Airling’s Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream.
Four finalists are in the running for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland: Brisbane-based ambient-electronic producer Yoste, indie electronica songwriter Keelan Mak, acoustic pop songwriter Harry Phillips, and Greta Stanley.
The 2018 Queensland Music Awards will be held at Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane
Showgrounds, on May 14 with tickets available through Oztix.