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17 August 2012

Father and son judges announced for Liverpool Music Awards

Liverpool Music Awards

Father and son judges announced for Liverpool Music Awards

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler and son Lee Butler from Radio City are the latest names to join the judging panel for the Liverpool Music Awards. Fellow judges include broadcaster Janice Long, founder of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, programme director for the MA in music industry studies at the University of Liverpool Dr Mike Jones, Simon Glinn, executive director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Events, Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright, BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks, Craig G Pennington, editor and publisher of music magazine Bido Lito! Another name is to be revealed next week!

Broadcaster Billy Butler, has spent over 40 years in show business. A former dockworker-turned pop star with the 60s band The Tuxedos, he became a Cavern DJ; he was a friend of the Beatles - and every other Merseysbeat band. Billy's work for the BBC, whether on national television or BBC Radio Merseyside and on commercial rival Radio City has made him a household name.

“I’m really looking forward to the awards and meeting my fellow judges. There is such a wide diversity in the judges profiles that weprobably hear the same things through different ears.” says Billy.

“Over the years there’s been many memorable local musicians I’ve interviewed, obviously Paul and Ringo. Charlie Lansborough is always a pleasure, an international success often overlooked as not being in vogue. The Real People always a lot of fun and really stonking acoustically, The Real Thing also sadly unappreciated always have controversial views on the local scene. The three Ian’s aka McCulloch, McNabb and Prowse always shine musically and personality wise there are so many more . A young three piece folk group from St Helens I interviewed about four years ago Tiny Tin Lady what happened to them? Lately a big impact has been The Hummingbirds.”

“It’s a great pleasure working with my son Lee though as usual people will mistake us for brothers. One thing we both share though weboth have commercial ears” says Billy.

Lee Butler, Radio City and club DJ is equally as excited in joining the panel. “I can’t wait to be involved with the awards and I've had so many people talking to me about it. Such an amazing judging panel too, including my old dad”

It was in the State that Lee made his name, then came the Buzz club in Lime St. Playing at gigs and clubs all over the North West; Wigan Pier, Bowlers, Maxines, The Pleasure Drome, Nation, Garlands and Mr Smiths are just a few of the big name venues Lee was being asked to rock the rafters at week after week. It was at this time Club 051 came in with an offer.

“When I left school I was training to be an electrician at Hugh Baird college and then in 1989 the house and acid house music scene camealong and all I wanted to do was rave and get into music . I travelled the county for club nights and illegal raves and got my first set of decks and that was it. I sold my tools! John Kelly was the DJ I loved to listen to when I was first raving so he had an influence on my style" says Lee.

Lee has been voted Liverpool Echo 24/7 DJ of the Year and the award stands proud next to his decks to this day. Lee's Plastic Surgeryradio show was born when Lee started his show from Radio City’s new home at St Johns Beacon. His became The North West's most listened to Friday Night Dance Show and so Lee’s Saturday night show was then born. Lee is now also very busy in the Studio working on his own tracks and is responsible for many of the big dance anthems you hear.

“Liverpool has always had a massive club scene and from the amazing nights in Quadrant Park and The State then Cream , Buzz and Club 051. Liverpool always had so many amazing clubs to choose from but now none of the above are open weekly. I’ve played at all the above so I couldn’t pick out one as the most special . Bar culture has affected Liverpool clubbing and now only Garlands stands as the only weekly Saturday night from that era. That’s why the old Skool nights are such a success as that generation love there tunes . There’s an amazing new nightclub opening in Duke Street this month called Privilege which is gonna be amazing so this is good for the city.”

“I feel quite proud judging alongside my dad and if I can be half as successful as him then that will do for me. There will be disagreements as he has the worse dress sense ever so I'm praying he doesn't wear his tank top - I’ve nicknamed him ‘Tank Top Billy.’ "

"I am absolutely delighted that both Lee and Billy have agreed to be on the judging panel for the Liverpool Music Awards. Billy's knowledge of Liverpool and music, past and present, is unsurpassed, and Lee knows the DJ scene and cutting edge music in our city better than anyone. It's an added bonus that they both work on Liverpool's two big successful Radio Stations, Billy on Radio Merseyside and Lee on Radio City. What really makes it so special is that they're father and son - the Butler family" says Ellie Phillips, Liverpool Music Awards organiser.

There’s still time to nominate your favourite local artists and industry people for the Liverpool Music Awards. Entries and nominations have been extended one week and will now close on Friday August 24 2012. The awards ceremony will take place this November.

The Fifteen Award Categories include; Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Music Night of the Year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the year, Producer/Production Team of the Year, Recording Studio of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution to Music.

For further details on the Liverpool Music Awards and how to nominate

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