Frontier Leads Promoters In Helpmanns Noms

Frontier Touring Company led the nominations in the three contemporary music categories for the Helpmann Awards, staged July 27 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

The promoter had three of the four noms in the best international contemporary concert category, with the Aussie runs of Ed Sheeran’s X World Tour, Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways World Tour and The Rolling Stones’ 14 On Fire (the latter with AEG Live and IEC Entertainment).

The fourth nom went to The Paul Simon & Sting Together Tour through Live Nation. From the four noms for best Australian contemporary concert, Frontier had booked Kylie Minogue’s Kiss Me Once Tour, Chet Faker (with Artist Voice, Opulent, Future Classics and Perth International Arts Festival) and Jimmy Barnes’ 30:30 Hindsight Greatest Hits Tour (with Premier Artists and A Day on the Green). Fourth nominee, Tina Arena’s Reset Tour, was through New World Artists.

Another Frontier tour, the 12-date History of the Eagles, also received a gong for best sound design (Eagles, JD Brill, Clair). Up for best contemporary music festival are Bluesfest Byron Bay (Peter Noble & The 26th Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay), Laneway (Lunatic Entertainment & Chugg Entertainment), Vivid Live (Destination NSW & Sydney Opera House) and Womadelaide (Ian Scobie). The Helpmanns, named after famed Australian dancer and actor Sir Robert Helpmann), was set up in 2001 by Live Performance Australia. It covers opera, classical, dance, theatre, musical theatre and children’s categories among others.

More than 800 productions and events were entered for nomination this year. “Les Misérables” leads the nominations with 12.