NI Music Prize 2019 · The Highlights

The NI Music Prize in 2019 highlights from the evening.

Thanks to Snow Patrol, Steve Strange, Strange New Places, Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra, Saint Sister, Jordan Adetunji.

Thanks to Belfast City Council, Belfast Music, Arts Council NI, PRS for Music, PPL, Help Musicians, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, SMARTS, The Ulster Hall, Magic Kite, Just Lite, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Music Introducing & Across The Line.

Outstanding Contribution to Music – Presented to Steve Strange by Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.

Oh Yeah Legend Award – Presented to Snow Patrol by Mike Edgar and Stuart Fleming from PRS for Music.

Best Album – Presented by PPL – Winner – Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra – Borders – Presented by Shona McCarthy, Chair of Oh Yeah, and Peter Leathem, Chief Executive of PPL.

Best Live Act – Sponsored by Bushmills Irish Whiskey – Winner – Sister Ghost – Presented by Paul Connolly of The Wood Burning Savages and Patrick Morgan from Bushmills

Best Single – Supported by Help Musicians – Winner – Junk Drawer – ‘Year of The Sofa’ – Presented by Phil Taggart from BBC Radio 1 and Claire Gevaux from Help Musicians.

Oh Yeah Contender Award in Association with BBC Music Introducing Across The Line. – Winner – Cherym – Presented by Gemma Bradley of Across The Line and Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah.

NI Music Prize – Full line up announced

The NI Music Prize takes place at the Ulster Hall on Thursday November 7th.

The categories and shortlists are available on the NI Music Prize website where you can also vote for Best Live and Best Single via The Thin Air and you can also vote for The Oh Yeah Contender in Association with BBC Music Introducing Across The Line via BBC ATL

The line up for the evening includes:

Guest performance from and presentation of the Oh Yeah Legend Award to Snow Patrol.

Plus performances from shortlisted acts Saint Sister, Jordan Adetunji, Strange New Places and Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra featuring Moya Brennan and Stephen James Smith.

This event is now SOLD OUT.


Oh Yeah Centre is buzzing for Culture Night / Day 2019!

We have a lot going on this weekend for Culture Night (and Day) 2019!

First, come down with your friends on the Friday for an afternoon, evening and night full music.

We’ll start at the cafe for intimate shows with Jonny Hammond, Conor Marcus and the Ulster Youth Orchestra between 4pm and 8pm.

For the evening, we’re taking things to the next level, by taking you to the main stage. Mob Wife, Kyoto Love Hotel and Cherym will spice things up between 8pm and 10pm, and get the party started for the next part of our Culture Night: Air Punch. Starting at 11pm, the after-party is meant to make you scream…in a good way, with power ballads from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton and even more!

If you are a bit of a risk-taker, join us upstairs on the rooftop for a DJ party with Rory Gilmore, Alex Davenport, Jack Watson, Robbie McCammon and Jack Kelly! Will the weather stop you from such a banger?


Then, on the Saturday, come down with your kids this time, for a ‘Culture Lunch’ with a special edition of our Acoustic Picnic. From 11am to 4pm, there will be live acoustic music with Over The Hill collective, and arts and crafts with Young At Art and their “Shake Rattle and Craft” workshop.

What is to be remembered is that EVERY EVENT is free entry, from 4pm on the Friday to 4pm on the Saturday!

NI Music Prize 2019 – Shortlists announced

Monday 9th September

NI Music Prize shortlist announced.

The NI Music Prize shortlist for 2019 has been announced. The event, which will take place on November 7th at the Ulster Hall is now in its 7th year and includes four award categories as well as the Oh Yeah Legend Award presentation to and performance from Snow Patrol.

Nominators chosen from sectors including music journalism, radio, podcasts, blogs, festival and event programmers, music retail, promoters, live music venues, as well as key influencers from elsewhere in the arts, were invited to contribute and 80 have now returned their votes for Best Live, Best Single, Best Album and The Oh Yeah Contender Award.

The shortlist will now go to public vote for Best Single and Best Live via The Thin Air.

Oh Yeah is also delighted to announce that the Oh Yeah Contender Award will be in association with BBC Music Introducing Across The Line and the shortlist will also go to public vote via BBC platforms.

The album winner will be decided by a panel on Nov 7th. All winners will be announced on the night.

Last year Oh Yeah introduced a cash prize for winners and is pleased to be able to offer this again for 2019.


The winner of The Oh Yeah Contender Award will receive a cash prize of £1,000 from the Oh Yeah Centre and the BBC is offering an opportunity to perform BBC Introducing Live, including travel and accommodation.

Winners of Best Live and Best Single will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and the best album will receive £3,000.

More info to come including details on the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, but for now here are the shortlists in alphabetical order:


Album of the Year 2019

 Arvo Party – II

Beauty Sleep – Be Kind

Blue Whale – Process

Conor Mason – On The Surface

Cormac Neeson – White Feather

Pat Dam Smyth – The Last King

Runabay – Between The Lines

Ryan Vail and Elma Orkestra – Borders

Saint Sister – Shape of Silence

Sam Wickens – All I’ve Seen

Soak – Grim Town

Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm


 Best Single

You can now VOTE for Best Single via The Thin Air

Voting opens 5pm Monday 10th September and closes midnight 6th November

Amy Montgomery – Tree Song

Brand New Friend – I Was An Astronaut

Bui – Something Else To Talk About

Documenta – The Blue Sleep

Hand Models – Banana

Jealous Of The Birds – Blue Eyes

Joshua Burnside – Desert Wine

Junk Drawer – Year Of The Sofa

Kitt Philippa – Grace

Kitt Philippa – You

New Pagans – It’s Darker

ROE – Down Days


 The Oh Yeah Contender Award in association with BBC Music Introducing Across The Line.

Voting opens 5pm Monday 10th September and closes midnight 6th November

 *Due to a tie at nominations stage we have a shortlist of 6 for the Contender Award. *


Amy Montgomery


Joel Harkin

Jordan Adetunji

Problem Patterns

Strange New Places


Best Live Act

You can now VOTE for Best Live Act via The Thin Air

Voting opens 5pm Monday 10th September and closes midnight 6th November

Jordan Adetunji

Joshua Burnside

New Pagans

Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra

Sister Ghost

Snow Patrol: Oh Yeah Legend Award Recipients 2019

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

Oh Yeah Music Centre is proud to announce Snow Patrol as recipients of the 2019 Oh Yeah Legend award. In recognition of the band’s extraordinary achievements over the last 25 years, the presentation will be made at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in the Ulster Hall on November 7th, and will include a special live performance from the band.

Tickets are only available through the Ulster Hall and will go on sale at 10am on Friday 23rd August –

Tickets are now on sale for the NI Music Prize with a presentation and performance of legend special guests Snow Patrol!!
They’re available online here:  TICKET LINK
or directly at the Ulster Hall, hurry up!

£20 + Booking Fee


The Oh Yeah Legend Award was established to celebrate and recognise the exceptional contribution of a musician or act from Northern Ireland.

Snow Patrol is Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Johnny McDaid and Paul Wilson. The story of Snow Patrol is astonishing, from struggling indie band to global success, they have sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, clocked up more than one billion streams and boast 5 UK Platinum Albums. They are a Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated band and in 2005 ‘Final Straw’ won the Ivor Novello Album Award. In July 2019, PPL revealed that Snow Patrol’s song ‘Chasing Cars’ is the most played track of the 21st Century to date.

They are one of the biggest bands to ever come out of Northern Ireland and earlier this year as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations they made a triumphant return home for their Ward Park 3 show. It was a spectacular event and the biggest concert and showcase of local music ever to take place in Northern Ireland.

Charlotte Dryden from the Oh Yeah Music Centre said: “Snow Patrol are an award winning, global success and they are wonderful ambassadors for Northern Ireland. They have never forgotten their roots and not only have they been generous to their fans at home, but supportive and helpful to many of our emerging bands too. We are really proud of them and delighted that they have agreed to accept this award right here in Belfast and perform at the event.”

Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award are:

Jackie Flavelle (posthumous) (2018)
Vivian Campbell (2017)
Ash (2016)
The Divine Comedy (2015)
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 take place on the evening of the Northern Ireland Music Prize on November 7th at the Ulster Hall. The event is an annual awards celebration of our home-grown, world-class music and includes awards for best album, best single, best live act, best emerging act, outstanding contribution to music and will also include the Oh Yeah Legend Award in 2019.

The evening takes place during the annual Sound of Belfast programme, a festival that celebrates the music of the city from grassroots through to the most celebrated names. This years’ festival takes place 1st – 9th November.

Scratch My Progress 2019: Applications Open!

WE ARE NOW RECRUITING for the 2019 Scratch My Progress Talent Development Programme at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. This is a fully funded career development accelerator programme designed to help new musicians breakthrough in the music industry! Full details, guidelines and application form available on the following link;

Apply here!

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 16th July @ 6pm. Scratch My Progress is supported by PRS Foundation, Help Musicians Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.