Courtney Barnett cleans up at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

Barnett won three individual awards, plus a fourth for the label she co-owns

Courtney Barnett won every single category in which she was nominated at Australia’s Independent Music Awards last night (October 22), adding to the two titles she took home at the 2014 awards.

Barnett didn’t attend the ceremony (she is currently on tour in the US, where she is supporting Blur, and will shortly be heading to Japan), but still collected the Best Independent Artist award, as well as the Best Album award for her debut ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit’.

The singer-songwriter also won Best Independent single or EP for ‘Depreston’, and Best Independent Label for her ‘Milk Records’ mark, which she co-founded alongside Jen Cloher. She is also widely tipped to win big at next month’s ARIA Awards, where she’s nominated in eight categories.

Posting on her Facebook on the awards, Barnett said:

“Thanks for the AIR awardz. Best independent single, artist and album. Also Milk Records (the label i started in 2012) got best independent label, nice one!”


The Aussie revealed her latest track ‘Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)‘ earlier this week. The track was produced by Jack White and will be released on his label ‘Third Man Records’.

Barnett will be playing in the UK in November and December, stopping off for the following dates:

The Forum, London (November 25 and 26)
Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (27)
ATP Festival, Prestatyn (29)
The Ritz, Manchester (30)
O2 Academy, Liverpool (December 1)
02 ABC, Glasgow (2)
O2 Academy, Bristol (4)

The full list of winners at last night’s awards ceremony was as follows:

Best Independent Artist – Courtney Barnett
Best Independent Album – Courtney Barnett, ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’
Best Independent Single Or EP – Courtney Barnett, ‘Depreston’
Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year – #1 Dads
Best Independent Hip-Hop Album – Seth Sentry, ‘Strange New Past’
Best Independent Country Album – Frank Yamma, ‘Uncle’
Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – C.W. Stoneking, ‘Gon’ Boogaloo’
Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy Or Punk Album – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Flight Facilities, ‘Down To Earth’
Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single – Hayden James, ‘Something About You’
Best Independent Jazz Album – Barney Mcall, ‘Mooroolbark’
Best Independent Classical Album – Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, ‘Brandenburg Celebrates’
Best Independent Label – Milk! Records