Wellington musician and Shihad frontman Jon Toogood is in the running for album and single of the year with his supergroup The Adults for this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
Toogood is one of at least eight Wellington bands and musicians who are finalists in the awards, to be announced on November 1.
Wellington owns the best roots album category with Hollie Smith and Mara TK's Band of Brothers Vol 1, The Black Seeds's Dust and Dirt and Tomorrow People's One.
Ladyhawke is a finalist for best female solo artist and best alternative album.
Veterans Head Like a Hole are a finalist for best rock album with Blood Will Out. Upper Hutt Posse are a finalist for best Maori album with Declaration of Resistance, while Anthony Ritchie and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are a finalist for best classical album for A Bugle Will Do.
Other finalists in several categories include pop princess Kimbra (album and single of the year, female solo artist and breakthrough artist), Auckland hip-hop outfit Home Brew (album, best group, breakthrough artist, best urban/hip-hop) and Dunedin roots and dance band Six60 (album, single, best group, best electronic album).
- The Dominion Post
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