Northern Ireland Music Prize

Therapy? will perform their classic album Troublegum at the November 15 ceremony at Mandela Hall

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums, and this year will take place in the Mandela Hall at Queen's University on November 15 as part of the inaugural Sound of Belfast programme.

Successful finalists will be hoping to take home the ultimate prize of Northern Ireland Album of the Year won last year by Bangor’s Foy Vance for Joy of Nothing. The prize will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by the shortlisted acts.

Taking time out from his current shows at Bangor Abbey shows, Vance recalled being 'gobsmacked' that his Joy Of Nothing album had been highlighted by the Academy in 2013. He added: '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 evening will end with a special presentation to the band Therapy?, who formed in 1989. They will be presented with an Oh Yeah Legend Award for their ground-breaking achievements. The band will then perform their 1994 Troublegum album, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize.

Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legends Award are Terri Hooley (2008), Henry McCullough (2009), The Undertones (2010), Stiff Little Fingers (2011) and Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012).

'It’s a great honour to accept this award,' said Therapy?. 'Northern Ireland made us the people that we are today and growing up in its musical landscape informed our lives in many different ways. We’re very grateful and very proud.'

Oh Yeah CEO Stuart Bailie said: 'Therapy? fully deserve a Legend Award. They completely transformed our music scene in the Nineties and are respected internationally. They continue to make great records and it will be such a thrill to hear their Troublegum classic performed in its entirety. It will be the perfect finale to the NI Music Awards and to the entire Sound of Belfast programme.'

The Northern Ireland Music Prize event is being supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The night is scheduled to take take place during the Sound of Belfast programme.

Oh Yeah has teamed up with a number of leading music organisations and venues to coordinate a week of live performances, industry workshops with music experts from Belfast and London, talent development sessions for aspiring artists, and community music initiatives to support the city’s music scene.

The programme is being supported by the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), the organisation behind the annual BRIT Awards. Other supporters are Creative & Cultural Skills, Help Musicians UK (the leading charity for musicians) and First Music Contact with input from Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast Metropolitan

Tickets for the 2014 Northern Ireland Music Prize are available now via WeGotTickets.

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