8 October 2012

First artists confirmed for Liverpool Music Awards

Liverpool Music Awards

First artists confirmed for Liverpool Music Awards

Chart-topping boyband Lawson, Liverpool indie popstars The Wombats will be appearing at the first Liverpool Music Awards ceremony next month.

The red-carpet event, hosted by Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, will also see performances from X Factor finalist Craig Colton and MOBO Unsung award winner Esco Williams, Mark Simpson, the first person ever to win both the BBC's young composer and BBC Young Musician in the same year along with Ian Prowse, Cold Shoulder and the Sense of Sound Choir.

Presenters for the awards, which will be held on Saturday November 17 at The Dome Grand Central Hall, include members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liz McClarnon, Mike Di Scala and The Wombats.

Funds raised on the night will be in aid of Youth Music. All of the proceeds from a raffle held on the night will go to the charity which uses music to transform the lives of children and young people.

Youth Music recently funded the Roscoe Youth Music Project, which mentored a number of young bands on Merseyside over the past 12 months. One of the bands Ivy and The Chance have been selected to perform at the ceremony in a collaboration with the incredible Sense of Sound Choir.

A host of Merseyside-based companies have been brought on board to ensure the night is flawless including Mills Media Group, Say It With Flours, Amber Outside Catering, Fierce Management.

"I couldn't be happier with the lineup - especially with the fact that some of the artists are writing songs together especially for the night, or songs that will be debuted on the night. I really wanted to create a night that would be completely unique and it's definitely set to be that! It is such an honour to have Janice Long host the whole ceremony - she is such a legend, both locally and far beyond" says Awards organiser Ellie Phillips.

Collaborations on the night will come from artists including: Lawson, Ian Prowse, Jamie Broad, Charley Blue, Cold Shoulder, Craig Colton, Susan Hedges, Mark Simpson, Esco Williams, Sense of Sound Choir, Ivy and The Chance, Katie Taylor, Stereo Electric Mistress, Manukah and more to be announced. Presenters of awards will include: Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Liz McClarnon, Mike Di Scala and The Wombats.

Last week the judging panel met to deliberate and shortlist all 15 award categories. The panel includes; broadcaster Janice Long, BBC Radio Merseyside DJ Billy Butler and son Lee Butler from Radio City, founder of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, Jennifer John, artistic director of Sense of Sound, 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 & Events, Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright, BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks, Craig G Pennington, editor and publisher of music magazine Bido Lito!

The panel was chaired by Chris Bye, Music Manager for Arts Council England. "Arts Council England is proud to be involved in the Liverpool Music Awards. Organisations like the RLPO, Africa Oye and Sound City, not to mention the hundreds of musicians, clubs, pubs and promoters all demonstrate that Liverpool is host to one of the richest music scenes in the world. These awards look set to showcase some amazing talent and we would like to wish them all the very best of luck" says Chris.

The shortlisted nominees will be announced on October 10 at Eric’s on Mathew Street during an evening of live music hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks.

The following day public voting will open online at

Tickets to the awards are available now through Ticketmaster

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