NZ Music Awards

It’s awards season for New Zealand Music again! While Juice TV moved their celebrations to tie in with the end of May’s NZ Music Month, it’s still a Spring party for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Awards and Vodafone Music Awards 2010.
Last Wednesday at Auckland’s Town Hall, the Australasian Performing Rights Association awarded the Silver Scroll songwriting award to local kids The Naked & Famous for their anthem “Young Blood”. It was an interesting mix of contenders, including the charming Artisan Guns (who kindly performed a free show for us at Central Library in May), Julia Deans, The Mint Chicks and Anika Moa.
One of the most interesting elements of each year’s ceremony are the performances of finalist songs by different bands. This year, fellow Aucklanders Street Chant had a lot of fun turning up the volume on Artisan Guns’ “Autumn”. Which points to another noticeable thing about the 2010 awards: it’s great to see the celebration of so many young Auckland bands. It is a testament to how the current music scene here is thriving.


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