Leopold’s Treat has taken out Emerging Artist of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards, which acknowledges their coming to prominence in 2015, through their grass-roots approach to engaging their fan base.
After releasing their 2011 EP, Leopold’s Treat performed, sold EPs and saved the takings for three years to invest in the recording, mastering, pressing and release of their first full length album ‘Cold River’. In 2015, the culmination of the previous three years hard work saw the dream of this project commence and come to fruition. The album launch was a sold out event at the ‘Dust Temple’ on the Gold Coast, which was a collaborative occasion with local creative, including artists, musicians and poets.
The Gold Coast Music Awards stimulates interest in our city as a live music destination while celebrating the depth and diversity of talent found here. The awards also motivate artists to take positives steps towards realizing their potential.
Leopold’s Treat took out the Emerging Artist of the Year category and the band was presented with a magnificent hand-made trophy at the incredible ceremony at Burleigh Brewing last night.
“Totally elated,” Kate said, about how it felt to win the award.
“I’m continually inspired through working with amazing people like Dave and Kieran and feel motivated to lead our band on this musical path as the next steps unfold.”
“I would also love to encourage and inspire other people to find their voice and do what makes them happy.”
Kate said it was an honour to be in the mix amongst the other nominees and artists, and being a part of the creative community on the Gold Coast. “It is an exciting thing to be chosen as finalists out of the entire group of over 200 nominees and to win the ‘Emerging Artist’ category is a real honour”.
One of the Leopold’s Treat songs, ‘Houndogs and Bullfrogs’, was also chosen as a finalist in the Song of the Year category, which was taken out by Ella Fence for her song, Unknown Water. On the night, the judges said it was one of the hardest categories to make a decision on.
Leopold’s Treat have a huge line-up for the rest of the year. Playing at the Soundlounge at Currumbin on 22 July, Buskers By the Creek Festival at Currumbin on 15/16 October, the Helensvale Night Quarter in September, Miami Marketta on 16 December. Of course, as part of their prize from the Gold Coast Music Awards, Leopold’s Treat will be playing at the Buskers Stage for next year’s Blues Festival in Byron Bay.
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