The Divine Comedy to be honoured with Legend award
A special Legend presentation and performance will be held at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on 14th November 2015. The Oh Yeah Legend Award recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.
The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon from Enniskillen, has been releasing music since 1990. This amounts to a magnificent body of work. Neil continues to perform internationally and composes for a variety of art forms including film, theatre, television and opera. After receiving the Legend Award, Neil and band will play a live selection from The Divine Comedy’s impressive back catalogue.
Stuart Bailie CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre says: “The Divine Comedy have delivered so many stunning songs and Neil Hannon writes with wit, emotion and intelligence. He continues to bring distinction to Northern Ireland and we’re so pleased that he has agreed to accept his Legend Award and to perform at the occasion.”
Neil says: “I am amazed and humbled to be receiving this honour. There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your homeland, and I’m very much looking forward to playing some songs and seeing some familiar faces at the Mandela Hall on Nov 14th.”
Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award include Therapy? (2014), Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012), Stiff Little Fingers (2011), The Undertones (2010), Henry McCullough (2009) & Terri Hooley (2008).
The Oh Yeah Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall.