The Star Court Theatre was packed for last year’s Dolphin Awards.
The Star Court Theatre was packed for last year’s Dolphin Awards.

Hitting high note

AS THE local entertainment industry readies itself for the Dolphin Awards, North Coast Entertainment Industry Association's Mariska Pinkerton talked to David Wilton about the big night.

David: What are the Dolphin Music Awards?

Mariska: They're NCEIA's way of furthering the careers of local musicians. It's open to the public. It's a night of entertainment as well as awards. People think it must be just for the industry but it's not, it's definitely a fantastic night for everyone.

What are the categories and who're the favourites?

The big categories are Song of the Year and Album of the Year. All up, there is a list of 70 finalists available from the NCEIA website but as for the winners, we have to keep that under wraps!

Cool, what is NCEIA?

The North Coast Entertainment Industry Association promotes and celebrates the region's rich music and performing arts industry. We're only a small group, we generally only have a few activities per year and one of them is the Dolphin Awards.

What makes this year's awards night different from the past?

It's all about youth! We're focusing on young people this year because we feel they don't get much of a chance to get their music out there. We went to the schools, and we offered them the opportunity to show off. So we've got quite a few young artists performing on the night.

Who is judging this year?

There are 63 judges in 20 categories. Some of the judges are big names in the industry like Paul Pilsneniks from Studios 301, Ian Haug from Powderfinger, Peter Noble from Bluesfest, Abby Dobson from Leonardo's Bride and Rick Fen from 10cc.

What is the awards ceremony like?

It'll be big. There's going to be 10 acts and a special surprise at the beginning. And the awards, of course, where everyone will be wondering who will win. .



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