Northern Ireland Music Prize

Oh Yeah Music Centre announce details of their inaugural music prize, which will be revealed during Belfast Music Week

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced details of the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize, a new award aimed at recognising the great wealth of recorded music from Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish music is experiencing a creative boom, with the quality and quantity of great records from all genres enjoying an all-time high point. The NI Music Prize will provide recognition of this fact.

An academy of music industry professionals connected to Northern Ireland were approached to vote and to create a shortlist of albums. View the full short list at the NI Music Award website.

14 records comprise the final list. A diverse and exciting array, it includes artists such as the world-conquering Two Door Cinema Club, esteemed troubadour Foy Vance, instrumental post-rockers And So I Watch You From Afar and the electronic adventure of Space Dimension Controller.

The ultimate winner of the prize will be decided by a select panel of experts and announced at a ceremony in Belfast’s Mandela Hall on November 12, during Belfast Music Week 2013, which runs from November 11 – 17. A selection of shortlisted acts will be playing live at the event, including Girls Names, A Plastic Rose, The Bonnevilles and more.

The NI Music Prize aims to establish itself as an important annual event, drawing attention to the local successes and providing a critical benchmark. Now in its fourth year, Belfast Music Week has become a focal point for the music scene in Northern Ireland and the NI Music Prize will be a highlight of this year’s festivities.

Jonny Tiernan, NI Music Prize Coordinator said: 'The fact that there are so many amazing albums on the short list is a testament to how rich and varied Northern Irish music is right now, and any one is a deserving winner. It's going to be a thrill to have the decision and announcement made live on November 12, not to mention the cracking lineup that is playing at the event.'

Tickets for the Northern Ireland Music Prize are priced at £10 and are available from Ticketmaster.