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NI Music Prize – ‘Best Single’

‘Human’ is a powerful plea to be kind and to look after each other – delivered with poise and purpose through a delicate and uplifting electronic lens. ‘Human’ was released earlier this year and has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart, Today FM, RTE 2FM, Nialler 9, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit….

 

Kitt Philippa was presented with the award, by previous NI Music Prize winner SOAK, at the Ulster Hall Belfast on Thursday 15th November 2018. In an emotional acceptance speech Kitt addressed the recurring theme of the night – mental health. “My family, and those very close to me, have been and are vital. These years have not been easy. Taking care of my mental health is a journey and it’s ongoing. that’s okay.”

NI Music Prize – Best Live Act

“The first award up for grabs at the NI Music Prize 2018 was the Best Live Act with little seemingly to separate the five nominees (And So I Watch You From Afar, Brand New Friend, Robocobra Quartet, Ryan Vail & The Wood Burning Savages) who all offer unique live experiences. Rather fittingly presented by long term champion of the band Tom Robinson, Derry’s The Wood Burning Savages got the nod. Anyone who witnessed their album launch or set at Stendhal this year will know it was well deserved.”

 

– Robert Brown, Chordblossom.

NI Music Prize – ‘Best Album’

Derry band The Wood Burning Savages picked up the NI Music Prize 2018 for their debut album ‘Stability’ – a snarling, articulate equally in thrall to the catchy buzz-punk of Husker Du or the headbutt riffs of Queens of the Stone Age.

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “Congratulations and massive thanks to all the nominees, performers, presenters and winners of each category. It was a fantastic night of some of the best homegrown music we have to offer. It was a community coming together, much more than a gig, and one of the things that stood out for us was how important it is for us to look out for each other. Gary’s speech was from the heart and his openness about mental health was very moving. We were delighted to present him with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in association with Inspire and congratulations again to The Wood Burning Savages on taking home Best Live and Best Album, to ROE for The Oh Yeah Contender Award and to Kitt Philippa for Best Single. The Ulster Hall looked absolutely stunning and thanks again to all our funders and supporters for helping to make it happen.”

NI Music Prize – ‘Oh Yeah Contender’

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums, and this year includes three additional categories for Best Single, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. The Oh Yeah Contender Award was announced as a means of celebrating emerging acts within the thriving Northern Irish music scene.

This years winner for the award (AND nominee for Best Single) ROE – owned the stage with those distinguishable electro pop sounds on the night.

Thanks to NIMP sponsors, we were able to introduce a cash prize for each of the winners, and the addition of three categories indicates just how strong things are in Northern Irish music right now. Oh Yeah CEO Charlotte Dryden comments, “It is fantastic to see completely fresh talent like Cherym sit alongside international names like Snow Patrol. We have always had the biggest faith in our music community, and we want to celebrate, support and promote it beyond Belfast and Northern Ireland. We hope to see as many people come out to support the nominees on the night.”

Gary Lightbody to receive ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’

Gary Lightbody to receive ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award in Belfast on November 15th.

Gary Lightbody, the singer, songwriter, musician and Snow Patrol front-man, will be presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award at the NI Music Prize in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on November 15th.

Gary is the first recipient of this special award, which is in association with Oh Yeah Music Centre and Inspire Wellbeing. The presentation is in recognition of his exceptional contribution to music as an artist, but also for his active role in supporting grassroots and emerging acts from NI through the various projects and initiatives he has worked on over the years.

Gary Lightbody is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning songwriter from Bangor, Northern Ireland. He first started out in 1994 in the band ‘Shrug’, later known as ‘Polar Bear’, before gestating into Snow Patrol. He has completed a number of high-profile co-writes with artists that include Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and One Direction. He has been involved in several side projects during his career, including two albums with Glasgow band ‘The Reindeer Section, and more recently ‘Tired Pony, which he formed with his long-term producer Jacknife Lee along with members of both REM and Belle & Sebastian.

Gary has played a huge role in supporting artists from Northern Ireland and was instrumental in the inception and formation of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. He also established Third Bar, a Belfast based Artist Development business set up to support Northern Irish artists in the advancement of their careers.

Charlotte Dryden of the Oh Yeah Music Centre says: “It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer this special award to Gary. Not only is he one of the most successful musicians to come out of NI, but he has always been an incredibly supportive and committed champion of the local music community. He has invested emotionally, financially and artistically to support its growth, promotion and development. Gary has also very recently opened up about his own battle with depression and so it is only fitting that this presentation is in association with Inspire Wellbeing, a charity doing brilliant work in the area of mental health. We are delighted to be able to combine the opportunity to thank Gary and to promote the work of Inspire, at what is going to be a fantastic evening in celebration of local music as part of the NI Music Prize”.

Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire said, “Gary Lightbody’s contribution to music is immense and all of us from this part of the world are very proud of his global success. The entire team at Inspire is particularly grateful for his powerful contribution on mental health. Through sharing his own story, Gary has helped breakdown stigma and encouraged all of us to seek help when we need it, talk about our mental health and to look after each other. Inspire is very proud to be associated with Oh Yeah Music Centre and with Gary on such a special night celebrating creativity, community and all that is good about Northern Ireland. On behalf of our service users, staff and volunteers we offer a huge Inspire congratulations to Gary on this award and our deepest gratitude for his solidarity in challenging the stigma surrounding mental ill-health.”

The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’, presentation will be preceded by the NI Music Prize, an awards evening featuring four categories including Best Single, Best Album, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. There will be performances from six of the nominees on the night, including Hannah Peel, Roe, The Wood Burning Savages, Ciaran Lavery, Ryan Vail featuring Arco String Quartet and Brand New Friend. The announcement of winners and all presentations will take place throughout the evening. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased from the Ulster Hall website.

This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast that will take place November 8-15th Nov.

Tickets only available via Ulster Hall website at

tinyurl.com/NIMPrize

The NI Music Prize is supported by Belfast City Council, British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, PPL, PRS, Help Musicians NI, Invest Northern Ireland, and Just Lite Productions.

For more info contact jeff@jeffrobinsonpr.com or info@ohyeahbelfast.com

For more info on Inspire https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/

The NI Music Prize – www.nimusicprize.com

Third Bar Belfast – https://thethirdbarcom.wordpress.com/category/third-bar-artist-development/

Snow Patrol – https://snowpatrol.com/

Sound of Belfast – www.soundofbelfast.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writer’s Noirish Night

Crime fiction’s supergroup heads for Belfast!

Meet Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug Johnstone at a unique night of music, craic and crime fiction.

Not only are these guys some of the most talented and entertaining crime writers around, they can also play a mean (crime-inspired) tune. So join us for Noirish Night with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers for one of the most memorable gigs of the year!

The Allergies with Andy Cooper, 12th Jan 2019

Superfly Funk and Soul Belfast presents The Allergies, as they hit the road to promote their new album, ‘ Steal The Show.’ The boys will be manning the decks but joining them onstage will be super rapper, Andy Cooper, also known as the 3rd Allergy! Dj support comes from Superfly Guy himself, Pete Brady and also Dublin’s Shawn Bracebridge. These events have proven to be ultra popular, so grab your tickets while you can.

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Jackie Flavelle – Oh Yeah Legend Award 2018

The Oh Yeah Legend Award recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician from Northern Ireland.

This year we are honoured to add the late great Jackie Flavelle to the Legend series at the NI Music Exhibition in Oh Yeah. Jackie was the Bass master from North Belfast via Donaghadee, a giant of the Jazz an Blues scene who worked with many well known names over the years including Ottilie Patterson, Chris Barber, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Dr John, Sonny Boy Williamson and Rod Stewart to name only a few.

The event which takes place on Thursday 8th November has been curated by his daughter Lisa and will be presented by Stuart Bailie. The evening will include a posthumous presentation in his honour and several accomplished musicians and artists will come together to celebrate and pay tribute with a night filled with live music.

As Lisa said it will be a Jam for Jackie.

Tickets Here

 

Sound of Belfast launched!

Sound of Belfast 2018

Belfast’s festival dedicated to local music.

November 8-15

Sound of Belfast is 5!

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is pleased to announce the Sound of Belfast programme for 2018. The weeklong series of events takes place 8th – 15th November and aims to embrace, promote and celebrate the sounds and the efforts of the musicians of the city and provide audiences with a snapshot of what is on offer all year round.

The festival includes a mix of live gigs and talks, awards, conferences and music industry panels and workshops, as well youth, family, community and collaborative events. There are over 70 locally based acts in the programme and events take place across nine venues including Limelight 2, The Empire, The Sunflower Bar, Voodoo, Black Box, Accidental Theatre, Ulster Hall, and 39 Gordon Street.

The week begins with an evening at Oh Yeah to honour the late Jazz and Blues musician Jackie Flavelle. The evening is curated by his daughter Lisa and will include a posthumous Oh Yeah Legend Award presentation led by Stuart Bailie. There will be music and performances from top artists including Ciaran Lavery, Matt McGinn, Ronnie Greer and John McCollough, Linley Hamilton, Lewis Smith, Suzanne Savage, John Wilson, Sam Davidson (Taste), Billy Boy Miskimmon, Reverend Doc, Chris Taplin and Jackie’s grandson Ben Flavelle-Cobain. Proceeds will go to Help Musicians NI, the charity that supported Jackie before he sadly passed away in September 2017.

Other events across the week include Rude Health, a fundraiser for mental health charity AWARENI. The event will feature performances from some of our finest acts from across a variety of genres including Catalan, Hot Cops, Malojian, Susie Blue and many more. There will be a Belfast tribute to the late Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit, with proceeds towards funding the delivery of the AWARENI Mental Health First Aid training programme. The Native Music Mart returns, Outburst Queer Arts Festival will host a special youth takeover at the Black Box and Shizznigh Promotions will host events at 39 Gordon Street and The Empire including a special GIFTED album launch with The Crawling. There is a special event with Billy Harrison of Them and the Oh Yeah youth project Volume Control, Clash of The New Breeds will showcase the future sounds of the city. The NI Music Prize will take place at the Ulster Hall and features performances from Hannah Peel, Ciaran Lavery, ROE, Ryan Vail, The Wood Burning Savages and Brand New Friend. There is also the annual Music Cities discussion and Brexit is still very much on the agenda along with panels and workshops with leading music industry experts.

Charlotte Dryden, of Oh Yeah says, “There is a lot of great work being done in Belfast across the year by musicians, creators, venues, promoters, and dedicated music fans. Sound of Belfast is about celebrating that. The programme is packed full of great events, and this year we felt it was important to try and highlight and support the work that is being done for mental health and wellbeing, an issue that affects many musicians. There will be events to support the work of AWARENI and Help Musicians NI and it is with thanks to our dedicated and committed music community that we are able to do this. We are also honoured to be able to pay tribute to and add Jackie Flavelle to the Oh Yeah Legend series this year. Overall the Sound of Belfast festival is a celebration of all that is great about our music community. We strongly encourage people to come out and support these events, and beyond the festival and across the year.”

For more info and full programme details go to www.soundofbelfast.com

Supporters, partners and funders include Belfast City Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, Invest NI, Belfast Harbour, PPL, PRS for Music, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians NI, UK Music, Musicians’ Union, Shizznigh Promotions and The Thin Air.

 

All tickets from Waterfront Hall Website.

 

NI Music Prize Event Details Announced.

 

THE NORTHERN IRELAND MUSIC PRIZE 2018
Ulster Hall, Belfast, November 15.

Performances from:

Brand New Friend

Ciaran Lavery

Hannah Peel

Roe

Ryan Vail featuring Arco String Quartet.

The Wood Burning Savages

 

7PM, £10 + booking fee

Ticket link: https://tinyurl.com/NIMPrize

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums, and this year includes three additional categories for Best Single, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award.

The evening will feature performances from six of the nominees across the four categories. Hannah Peel will perform music from her shortlisted album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia, live with colliery brass and synths, an exclusive for NI. Best Album, Live and Single nominees The Wood Burning Savages will bring the pulsating riffs and rebellious spirit and Brand New Friend will bring their unending positivity and joyful harmonies. Best Single and Oh Yeah Contender nominee Roe will own the stage with those electro pop sounds, and former NI Music Prize winner and third time album nominee Ciaran Lavery returns with full band. Best Live and Album nominee Ryan Vail is promising lasers and will be accompanied by the Arco String Quartet, a collaboration that made its debut at Moira Calling earlier this year.

The event host is Rigsy (BBC Radio Ulster), with the winners of all four categories to be announced by special guests on the night. The evening will end with an after party at Limelight 2.

The NI Music Prize event is supported by Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, PRS, PPL, Help Musicians NI and Tourism Ireland.

The night is scheduled to take place during the Sound of Belfast 2018 festival, which runs 8th – 15th November. The full programme for this will be announced on the 4th October. It is a week of live performances, industry workshops with national and international music professionals, talent development sessions for aspiring artists, showcases and community music initiatives to support the city’s music scene.