The 10th annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards will take place on October 22nd at Meat Market in North Melbourne, celebrating Australia’s best up and coming and established independent artists.

Airling, Bad//Dreems, Dead Letter Circus, Frank Yamma and Harts are all set to perform the 2015 Awards, showing off a diverse array of Australian independent artists.

Brisbane’s Airling, aka Hannah Shepherd, has had a huge year with the release of sultry single ‘Stallin’’ following on from a collaboration with Japanese Wallpaper on ‘Forces’. Airling kicked off 2015 peddling her sophisticated R’n’B on national tours with Vance Joy and Pieater label mates #1 Dads, and more recently performed at Splendour in the Grass with Japanese Wallpaper.

Nominated for Best Independent Single or EP are four-piece rockers Bad//Dreems. Working with veteran rock producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne, the band released their debut LP Dogs At Bay in August through Ivy League Records. They’ve played Splendour in the Grass, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Groovin’ The Moo and supported the likes of The Preatures, Wavves, Cosmic Psychos.

Also performing, Dead Letter Circus. Their recently released third album Aesthesis debuted at #1 on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Album Chart and #2 on the ARIA Album Chart. Released via label UNFD, the album was produced by Forrester Savell. Dead Letter Circus have taken the stage with giants such as Linkin Park, Muse, Judas Priest and Karnivool. 

One of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers Frank Yamma is an initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert who sings in his native tongue and English. Latest album Uncle (produced by long time friend and musical collaborator David Bridie) is out through Wantok Musik Foundation and showcases Frank’s honest songwriting, rich voice and exceptional guitar skills. Uncle is nominated for this year’s Best Independent Country Album at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.

The final artist inviting to perform is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harts, who was personally invited by Prince to jam with him at Paisley Park. His latest single ‘Breakthrough’ follows on from previous single ‘Red & Blue’ and Harts’ 2014 debut album Daydreamer. The album was released through A&R Records/Shock and was written, performed and produced entirely by Harts.

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