Record breaking Dolphin Awards
THE Dolphin Awards may have been taking on a break last year, but they've come back invigorated and ready to dazzle.
The event will be a red carpet extravaganza with a list of the who's who of the industry making an appearance at the Star Court Theatre.
"We've broken records this year," Mariska Pinkerton, North Coast Entertainment Industry Association secretary said.
Judges, including Robbie Buck, Tex Perkins, Dean Sutherland and Ash Grunwald, had the task of picking winners from 434 entries from 119 musicians or bands in 21 categories.
"Winning a Dolphin is a real stepping stone for artists," Ms Pinkerton said.
Looking through a list of past recipients, many, she said, are coming to the party this year in support.
Coming into the digital age has made life a lot easier on the judges (there's no passing of cassettes now), but it has also improved the quality of entries.
"We can't believe the talent this year," she said. "It's actually made the judging process harder because the quality is so good.
Described as the ARIAs of the Northern Rivers, the event on Tuesday, December 4 includes performances from eight of the region's talent.
Kyle Lionhart, Andrea Soler, Minnie Marks, Round Mountain Girls and Dan Hannaford are just a few of the acts putting their talent into practise on the night.
To find out who wins pick up tickets $28.80 concession and NCEIA members $24.80 from starcourttheatre.com.au or phone 6622 5005.