2 May 2013

First Judges Confirmed for Liverpool Music Awards 2013

Liverpool Music Awards 2013

First Judges Confirmed for Liverpool Music Awards 2013

The first batch of judges for the Liverpool Music Awards have been  announced – curator of Liverpool International Festival Yaw Owusu, live event producer and production manager Spike Beecham, broadcaster Roger Hill – who won award last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, record producer Steve Levine and DJ Billy Butler are the first names to sign up. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 25 August at St George’s Hall as part of the new Liverpool International Music Festival.

At last year's ceremony Rebecca Ferguson picked up the award for best female and was presented by Widnes born singer Melanie C. With featured performances from Lawson, fronted by Liverpool singer Andy Brown, MOBO Unsung award winner Esco Williams, X Factor finalist Craig Colton and the Sense of Sound Choir.

The launch for the second ever Liverpool Music Awards took place on Tuesday evening at  Liverpool Town Hall.  A host of Liverpool musicians turned out to show  their support  from the Lightning Seeds, The La's, The Christians, Esco Williams, Ian Prowse, Stephen Langstaff and Stealing Sheep. 

The launch saw live performances from some of the city's most exciting new talent. Last year’s Liverpool Music Awards winners, The Hummingbirds, who won Ones to Watch entertained the crowd along with Silent Sleep, country singer songwriter Katie Nicholas and Alex Evans.

"We had to move the event into the largest room in the Town Hall because of the demand to attend the launch. It's great that so many people wanted to be their to show their support and help kick things off in style for the second year” said awards director  Ellie Phillips.

This year’s Ones to Watch award is dedicated to 18 year old Michael Molloy, who lost his live in a coach crash when returning from the Isle of White event Bestival last year. Michael Molloy and Alex Evans recorded Rise and Fall just weeks before Michael’s death in the Bestival coach crash last year.

"To perform the track tonight at the awards launch was a fitting tribute to remember Michael" said Alex Evans.

I was really flattered to get asked to be involved with an event like and was really looking forward to playing in a great venue such as the town hall. Anything that puts a bit of a spotlight on what's happening in Liverpool can only be a good thing” said Chris McIntosh from Silent Sleep.

Silent Sleep is the project of the Liverpool based singer and song-writer, who wrote the whole album album whilst on a 2 year stint in Berlin. Recording began with Clinic/The Wombats producer Robert Whiteley.

The awards nominations party will take place at Eric's on Mathew St in July.

Nominations for the Liverpool Music Awards opened at midnight on Tuesday 30th April and close at midnight on Friday 31st May. To find out more, visit

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