The Corner Hotel is extremely excited to announce the shortlist for this
year’s Corner Award accolade. A small group of experts from across various
facets of the music industry came together earlier in the year to compile a
long-list of artists kicking goals in the business and have now unveiled
the seven artists that they’ve deemed to be going above and beyond.
The Corner Award was launched in 2016 as a way to give a bit back to the
industry that has given us so much. The recipient of this year’s award will
be announced in the next few weeks and will receive a prize pack consisting
of a headlining show at the Corner Hotel, pressing of a limited edition 7”
vinyl single, a cash cheque of $2000, rehearsal time at Bakehouse Studios
prior to the show, $1000 towards artwork costs from Mushroom Publishing, a
two-week poster run from Plakkit, a full-page ad package from Beat Magazine
and 50 free t-shirts from Sound Merch. Click here
for more info.
*CORNER AWARD 2017 SHORTLIST*
Cable Ties are a three piece garage punk outfit from Melbourne. They take
three minute punk burners and stretch them past breaking point with the
grit of guitar greats gone by. They released their self-titled debut album
with Australian punk label Poison City in 2016 and have since gone on to
take to the stage at Meredith Music Festival and just recently wound up a
European tour supporting both Jen Cloher and Gold Class at their respective
headlining shows. Appearing on the 2018 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
line-up, the band are gearing up to take their ferocious and in-your-face
guitar tunes national.
Emily Wurramara is a rising singer and song-writing star based in Brisbane.
She’s a proud indigenous performer who wrote her first song at only nine
years of age and has since honed her unique brand of acoustic folk into
something truly special. Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern
Territory, Emily sings with heart and honesty in both English and her
native language of Anindilyakwa. Her debut EP of 2016 also saw her pick up
a Queensland Music Award for the song “Ngayuwa Ngelyeyiminama (I Love You).”
Melbourne electronic two-piece Habits are a force to be reckoned with.
Performing music that they themselves described as ‘sad goth party jams,’
the duo have been electrifying underground audiences since they began the
project back in 2013. Habits have taken the stage at festivals including
Sugar Mountain and Freedom Time and also released their highly
acclaimed EP *Ugly
Cry* last year. Their music has been labelled striking, whilst their shows
are revered for being all-encompassing and groundbreaking.
*JADE IMAGINE*Jade Imagine is a four-piece band based out of Melbourne,
Australia led by singer, songwriter and general good vibe bringer Jade
McInally (formerly of Teeth & Tongue.) They released their debut EP on
Courtney Barnett’s Milk! Records in April 2017 and have since taken their
slacker-pop sounds right around the country. Jade Imagine make music that
is subtle and candid, personal and understated, peppered with dry
one-liners that stop a listener in their tracks.
*JESSE REDWING*Jesse Redwing doesn’t mess around when it comes to the
blues. The Sydneysider takes no prisoners with his electrifying, good
timing rock’n’roll tinged blues tunes and takes inspiration directly from
the source of the good stuff itself, naming the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and
Muddy Waters as two of his icons. He brings a punk approach to his
performances and rips out a raw and raucous energy when on stage, with this
ferocity mirrored in his debut album of earlier this year. With a blues
revival looking well-and-truly ready to kick off, Redwing might just be the
man to lead the congregation.
Manu Crook$ is at the forefront of a new breed of Australian hip-hop
artists, rising to stardom from his native Sydney to fast become one of the
country’s most talked about rappers. His rhymes are infectious as they are
sharp, spitting out songs about not only his own life but hip-hop culture
in general; a scene that he seems to have an innately incredible grasp on.
Touted as the artist that could take Aussie rap music global, Manu Crook$
has so far unleashed a six track EP and impressed audiences on stages at
Bigsound and Red Bull Presents showcases around the country.
*WALLACE*Originally from Welligton, NZ, future soul sensation Wallace
jumped the pond to take her smooth tunes across shores to Sydney where she
now stuns local audiences with her truly unique voice and immense charisma.
Wallace applies her multi-award winning jazz trained licks and intonation
to create a rich layer of distinct harmonies causing heads to turn. Having
worked with the likes of Sampa The Great to create her infectious breed of
music, Wallace has since released her debut EP *Pole To Pole* and continues
to make incredible music.