Full List of Nominees for Northern Ireland Music Awards Announced

Find out who is in the running

AU Magazine and The Oh Yeah Music Centre, with the support of Belfast City Council, Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, have launched the first ever Northern Ireland Music Awards, with the full list of nominees listed below.

Voted for by a broad range of stakeholders in Northern Ireland music industry, the awards will recognise musical talents from across Northern Ireland. The awards ceremony will take place in the Ulster Hall on Wednesday, November 2 during Belfast Music Week.

Hosted by Rigsy (BBC Across The Line) and Emma Fitzpatrick (Citybeat), the event will also feature a number of performances from Northern Ireland's most prominent acts, including And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Stiff Little Fingers and more.

Stuart Bailie, CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre, said: 'Oh Yeah and AU were both thinking about an awards night at the same time, so the smart idea was to combine energies. Overall, the awards are proof that we rock, fantastically well. We have a wonderful spread of talent at the moment and a legacy behind us that we should be awful proud of.'

Stiff Little Fingers, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Japanese Popstars, Cashier No.9 and General Fiasco will perform live at the ceremony. Tickets are priced at £12, and are available via the Ulster Hall box office on 028 9033 4455. Below is the full list of nominees for the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Awards:

Best Band (sponsored by Beck’s Vier)
And So I Watch You From Afar
Cashier No.9
Not Squares
Two Door Cinema Club

Best Song
And So I Watch You From Afar – Search:Party:Animal
Cashier No.9 – Goldstar
General Fiasco – The Age That You Start Losing Friends
Rams’ Pocket Radio – Dieter Rams Has Got The Pocket Radios
Seven Summits – Burning Heart

Best Solo Artist
Duke Special
Foy Vance
Pat Dam Smyth
Rainy Boy Sleep
Robyn G Shiels

Best Electronic Artist
The Japanese Popstars
Not Squares
Phil Kieran
Space Dimension Controller

Best Album
And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs
Cashier No.9 – To The Death of Fun
Girls Names – Dead to Me
Mojo Fury – Visiting Hours Of A Travelling Circus
Not Squares – Yeah OK

Best Live Act (sponsored by the British Council)
And So I Watch You From Afar
Mojo Fury
Not Squares
Pocket Billiards

Best Video
Cashier No.9 – Goldstar
Cashier No.9 – Lost at Sea
General Fiasco – The Age That You Start You Start Losing Friends
Kowalski – Outdoors
Mojo Fury – Colour Of The Bear

Best Festival
Open House Festival

The Oh Yeah Legends Award
Following previous recipients Terri Hooley (2008), Henry McCullough (2009) and The Undertones (2010), Belfast punks Stiff Little Fingers are recognised with the Oh Yeah Legends Award. 'By challenging the given notions of sectarianism in songs like ‘Suspect Device’ and ‘Wasted Life’, they encouraged a generation of young people to see life beyond the bigoted, tribal world of Northern Ireland,' says Bailie.

The Oh Yeah Contenders Award

'The Contenders night was launched last year with live music from A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, Farriers and More Than Conquerors,' explains Bailie. 'We had a 12-track CD of new bands and then we took them on a bus tour around the north.' Following a poll of NI music experts, the winners of the inaugural Contenders Award will be announced on the night.