Shortlist for Northern Irish Music Prize announced


The fourteen-strong shortlist for the inaugural Northern Irish Music Prize has been revealed.

Organised by Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre, the new award is “aimed at recognising the great wealth of recorded music from these parts”, focusing on albums released by Northern Irish bands over the last 12 months. The shortlist (below) is the result of votes from The Academy AKA several dozen industry professionals including music writers, DJs and editors amongst others.

A Plastic RoseCamera Shutter Life
And So I Watch You From AfarAll Hail Bright Futures
Anthony TonerSing Under The Bridges
Axis OfFinding St Kilda
The BonnevillesFolk Art And the Death of Electric Jesus
Fighting With WireColonel Blood
Foy VanceJoy Of Nothing 
Girls NamesThe New Life
Jetplane LandingDon’t Try
Le CarouselLe Carousel
Space Dimension ControllerWelcome To Mikrosector-50
Tired PonyThe Ghost of the Mountain
Trucker DiabloSongs of Iron
Two Door Cinema ClubBeacon

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, 2013. A selection of shortlisted acts will be playing live at the event, including Girls Names, A Plastic Rose, The Bonnevilles and more.

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