The Australian Music Prize (The Amp), who revealed their shortlist a few weeks ago littered with a pretty safe group of nominees and the bizarre inclusion of The Middle East who broke up last year, have announced that their years winner’s announcement event will be open to the public for the first time ever.

The inaugural event will be held on Thursday, March 8th at The Basement in Sydney, and a small amount of tickets will be sold to public who will rub shoulders with music industry professionals, The Amp winners, and seminal journalist from US Rolling Stone David Fricke who will deliver a ket note address.

The Amp Director, Scott B Murphy, says he is happy to welcome the public to the inaugural event in the hope that Australian music will continue to be supported, championed and discussed by the audience themselves – not just the industry.

“We’re always looking for ways for The Amp to directly ‘touch’ music loving fans so I’m very pleased that we can do so for the first time on March 8th. Space is limited but at least some Sydney-siders can come along to hear who wins and listen to David Fricke – a unique experience.”

Limited tickets are available to the public for standing room tickets only for $39 inclusive of wine, beer and water. The event runs from 12 noon. Please register your interest at info@australianmusicprize.com.au. Please note, it will be first in best dressed as tickets are limited.

See the full shortlist of nominees below:

ABBE MAY
‘Design Desire’

ADALITA
“Adalita”

BOY & BEAR
“Moonfire”

GOTYE
“Making Mirrors”

GURRUMUL
“Rrakala”

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS
“Hurtsville”

THE JEZABELS
“Prisoner”

KIMBRA
“Vows”

THE MIDDLE EAST
“I Want That You Are Always Happy”