Cub Sport, The Teskey Brothers Lead Finalists for 2024 AIR Awards

Cub Sport, The Teskey Brothers and Jem Cassar-Daley will take great form into the 2024 AIR Awards, set for Thursday, Aug. 1 at Queen’s Theatre in Adelaide.

Cub Sport is hunting a triple. The Brisbane electronic pop foursome is shortlisted for best independent dance or electronica and independent album of the year for their ARIA No. 1 collection, Jesus At The Gay Bar, and their Adam Munnings-directed clip for “Keep Me Safe” is up for independent music video of the year. Cub Sport pounced for two wins at last month’s 2024 Queensland Music Awards.

Also at the AIR Awards, The Teskey Brothers, led by Josh and Sam, are up for best independent blues and roots album or EP and independent marketing team of the year (Ivy League, Mushroom).

The Teskeys are fresh from winning the songwriter of the year at the 2024 APRA Music Awards, and best record at the 2024 Rolling Stone Australia Awards for their ARIA No. 1 album The Winding Way, and their manager, Jeremy Furze, was named manager of the year at the 2024 AAM Awards.

Meanwhile, Jem Cassar-Daley’s “King of Disappointment” could be crowned song of the year, though it faces competition from works by Genesis Owusu (“Leaving The Light”), Maple Glider (“Don’t Kiss Me”), RVG (“Nothing Really Changes”) and Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers (“I Used To Be Fun”).

Cassar-Daley, daughter of homegrown country great Troy Cassar-Daley, won a brace at the 2024 QMAs, including the night’s top honor – song of the year (for “King of Disappointment”).

Best independent label will be contested by ABC Music, Dot Dash Recordings, Ourness, Poison City Records and Spinning Top Records.

Now in its 18th year, the AIR Awards are a celebration of the best and brightest from Australia’s independent music community. This year’s edition welcomes two new categories, recognizing best independent music video and best independent producer.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize the work the independent music industry does in providing talented and emerging artists and music businesses with a platform to share their art with a wider audience,” comments minister for arts. Andrea Michaels, member of parliament.

This year’s ceremony will once more be bookended by the Indie-Con Australia conference, a gathering that focuses “on issues that are specifically relevant to the independent music sector,” say organizers, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR). The South Australian Music Development Office is major sponsor for the annual awards. Details on the program and lineup of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2024 Air Awards Nominees:

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album Or EP

Dan Sultan – Dan Sultan

Dope Lemon – Kimosabè

Georgia Mooney – Full Of Moon

Leah Senior – The Music That I Make

The Teskey Brothers – The Winding Way

Best Independent Hip-Hop Album Or EP

Genesis Owusu – Struggler

Jk-47 – Revision For Regrowth

Teether &Amp; Kuya Neil – Stressor

Urthboy – Savour

Ziggy Ramo – Sugar Coated Lies

Best Independent Country Album Or EP

Fanny Lumsden – Hey Dawn

Henry Wagons – South Of Everywhere

Maple Glider – I Get Into Trouble

The Wolfe Brothers – Livin’ The Dream

Travis Collins – Any Less Anymore

Best Independent Jazz Album Or EP

Elixir – A Small Shy Truth

Grievous Bodily Calm – Cascades

Lance Gurisik &Amp; Jeremy Rose – Cull Portal

Mike Nock – Hearing

The Rookies – Feed The Fire

Best Independent Classical Album Or EP

Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti – Beethoven Symphonies 1, 2 & 3


Karen Jacobsen – Misogyny Opus

Neil Gaiman & Fourplay String Quartet – Signs Of Life

Russell Morris – The Real Thing Symphonic Concert

Slava Grigoryan – Gratitudes

Best Independent Children’s Album Or EP

Amber Lawrence – A Very Aussie Aussie Christmas

Emma Memma- Ballet Time

Josh Pyke – It’s Gonna Be A Great, Great Day!

The Wiggles – Ready Steady Wiggle

Whistle & Trick – Bananas And Other Delicious Things

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single

Confidence Man – On & On (Again)

Fisher & Kita Alexander – Atmosphere

Memphis Lk – Black And Blue

Odd Mob & Omnom – Losing Control

The Jungle Giants – Trippin Up

Best Independent Punk Album Or EP

Enola – All Is Forgiven EP

Luca Brasi – The World Don’t Owe You Anything

Private Function – 370HSSV 0773H

Radio Free Alice – Radio Free Alice

Teenage Joans – The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest

Best Independent Heavy Album Or EP

C.O.F.F.I.N – Australia Stops

Glitoris – Glitoris

Polaris – Fatalism

Redhook – Postcard From A Living Hell

Void Of Vision – Chronicles

Best Independent Dance Or Electronica Album Or EP

Big Wett – Pu$$Y

Cub Sport – Jesus At The Gay Bar

Haiku Hands – Pleasure Beast

Simona Castricum – Sink

Skeleten – Under Utopia

Best Independent Rock Album Or EP

Alex Lahey – The Answer Is Always Yes

Pacific Avenue – Flowers

Royel Otis – Sofa Kings

RVG – Brain Worms

Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers – I Love You

Best Independent Soul/RnB Album Or EP

Bumpy – Morning Sun Ep

Immy Owusu – Lo-Life!

Ruby Jackson – Sweeter For Me

Wilsn – Those Days Are Over

Women Of Soul Collective – Feel Good

Best Independent Pop Album Or EP

Hatchie – Giving The World Away (Deluxe)

Jack River – Endless Summer

Kate Ceberano – My Life Is A Symphony

Molly Millington- 5 Stages

Nat Vazer – Strange Adrenaline

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – Presented By PPCA

Big Wett

Chloe Dadd


Pacific Avenue

Royel Otis

Independent Song Of The Year

Genesis Owusu – Leaving The Light

Jem Cassar-Daley – King Of Disappointment

Maple Glider – Don’t Kiss Me

Rvg – Nothing Really Changes

Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers – I Used To Be Fun

Independent Album Of The Year

Cub Sport – Jesus At The Gay Bar

Genesis Owusu – Struggler

Jen Cloher – I Am The River, The River Is Me

Maple Glider – I Get Into Trouble

Rvg – Brain Worms

Best Independent Label

ABC Music

Dot Dash Recordings


Poison City Records

Spinning Top Records

Independent Marketing Team Of The Year

Domestic La La – Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers, I Love You

I Oh You, Mushroom – Dma’s, How Many Dreams?

Ivy League, Mushroom – The Teskey Brothers, The Winding Way

Slow Clap- Private Function, 370hssv 0773h

The Annex, Ourness, Awal – Genesis Owusu, Struggler

Independent Publicity Team Of The Year

I Oh You, Mushroom – DMA’s, How Many Dreams?

Janine Morcos – Teenage Joans, The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest

Jessica Searle – Jen Cloher, I Am The River, The River Is Me

Thinking Loud – Genesis Owusu, Struggler

This Much Talent – Nat Vazer, Strange Adrenaline

Independent Music Video Of The Year

Adam Munnings – Cub Sport, Keep Me Safe

Chris Cowburn – Emma Donovan, Blak Nation

Hayden Somerville – Rvg, Nothing Really Changes

Sean Higgins – Adam Noviello, Fumbling

Tobias Willis – Georgia Mooney, War Romance

Independent Producer Of The Year

Bonnie Knight – Enola, All Is Forgiven Ep

Konstantin Kersting – DMA’S, How Many Dreams?

Oscar Dawson – Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers, I Love You

Pnau – Multiple Singles In 2023

Tom Iansek – Maple Glider, I Get Into Trouble


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