There’s no bigger winner in the brief history of Australia’s National Live Music Awards than Gang of Youths, and the band can add to its record total later this year.
They’re nominated just once this year, in the International Live Achievement (Group) category, where they’ll go up against Angus & Julia Stone, Oh Pep!, Rufus du Sol, and The Teskey Brothers. GOY won in this same category a year ago.
2019 was all about international gigs for GOY — they did two stints opening for Mumford & Sons, one across Europe and another in the southwestern US and Mexico. There was also a run of four sold-out shows at Islington Assembly Hall in London, and two sold-out shows at the famous Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.
This is the first time in the NLMA’s history (the event is entering its 4th year) that GOY won’t win the regional Best Live Act – NSW category, likely because they only played one show in Sydney all year — January 31 at the Enmore Theatre. (With the band now based permanently in London, it’ll be interesting to see if they continue getting nominated as an Australian artist in any category.)
In the first three years of the NLMAs, Gang of Youths has won seven awards, making the band the most-awarded artist to date. We’ll all find out on December 4th if they add award #8 to that total.