NI Music Prize Shortlist Announced

Twelve albums revealed after industry consultation, with the winner announced on November 15

Twelve albums have been shortlisted for the 2014 Northern Ireland Music Prize, after more than 70 professionals working within the Northern Ireland music industry and music media were consulted on a longlist of 40 albums. 

The winner of the prize will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Belfast's Mandela Hall on November 15, as part of the Sound of Music programme of events taking place from November 12 – 15. The shortlist is as follows:

Alana Henderson – Windfall
Ed Zealous – Wired
Little Matador – Little Matador
Malibu Shark Attack! - Malibu Shark Attack
Mojo Fury – The Difference Between
More Than Conquerors - Everything I've Learnt
Rams Pocket Radio – Béton
Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents
Slomatics – Estron
Sullivan and Gold – For Foes
VerseChorusVerse – VerseChorusVerse
Wonder Villains – Rocky

Foy Vance was the winner of the inaugural NI Music Prize in 2013. He was 'gobsmacked' that his Joy Of Nothing album was highlighted by the voting academy last November. 'What I love about it is it’s shedding a light on Northern Irish music. And the more people who know about that, the better.'

The NI Music Prize event is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The event will be the finale of the Sound of Belfast programme. The awards ceremony will end with a special presentation to the band Therapy?, who formed in Belfast in 1989.

The punk group will be presented with an Oh Yeah Legend Award for their ground-breaking achievements, and the band will then perform their 1994 Troublegum album, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

A series of shortlisted acts will also perform during the NI Music Prize. Tickets are available via WeGotTickets.