The nominees for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016 have been announced with a special event being held on 11th November 2016.
Twelve albums have been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon 2016. The winner will be announced at this special awards night at the Mandela Hall. More than 70 judges were contacted from the NI music industry and music media*. They were invited to cast their votes for the best album of the last 12 months. There will be a second round of voting and the winning album will be announced at the November 11 event.
The shortlisted acts are: The Bonnevilles – Arrow Pierce My Heart, Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In, David C Clements – The Longest Day In History, Documenta – Drone Pop #1, exmagician – Scan The Blue, Foy Vance – The Wild Swan, Girls Names – Arms Around A Vision, Jealous of the Birds – Parma Violets, Michael Mormecha – LOFi LiFE, Ports – The Devil Is A Songbird, Ryan Vail – For Every Silence and Sea Pinks – Soft Days.
The event will feature live music on the night from Ports, Jealous Of The Birds and Girls Names.
Previous winners are: 2015: SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream, 2014: Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents and 2013: Foy Vance – Joy Of Nothing.
Charlotte Dryden, CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre says: “The last 12 months have seen so many outstanding records from Northern Ireland. Some of our favourite acts are in there but importantly there are quite a few debut albums also. Our music community is clearly in good health and this is set to be another rousing celebration.”
The evening will end with a special presentation – the Oh Yeah Legend Award Supported by Blue Moon and PRS. This will be presented to Ash. The Downpatrick act will play their ‘1977’ album at the end of the evening to mark its 20th anniversary.
Tickets are available here. This event will feature during the closing weekend of the Sound of Belfast, programme, November 3-12.