The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016

The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2016 • In Association With Blue Moon

Shortlist And Live Performers Announced

Live Awards Event: 11 November 2016 • Mandela Hall, Belfast

Twelve albums have been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon 2016. The winner will be announced at this special awards night at the Mandela Hall. More than 70 judges were contacted from the NI music industry and music media. They were invited to cast their votes for the best album of the last 12 months. There will be a second round of voting and the winning album will be announced at the 11 November event.

The shortlisted acts are:

The Bonnevilles – Arrow Pierce My Heart 


Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In


David C Clements – The Longest Day In History


Documenta – Drone Pop #1


exmagician – Scan The Blue


Foy Vance – The Wild Swan


Girls Names – Arms Around A Vision 


Jealous of the Birds – Parma Violets


Michael Mormecha – LOFi LiFE


Ports – The Devil Is A Songbird


Ryan Vail – For Every Silence


Sea Pinks – Soft Days 


The NI Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The event will feature live music on the night from Ports, Jealous Of The Birds and Girls Names.

Previous winners are:

2015: SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream 

2014: Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents 

2013: Foy Vance – Joy Of Nothing

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre says:

“The last 12 months have seen so many outstanding records from Northern Ireland. Some of our favourite acts are in there but importantly there are quite a few debut albums also. Our music community is clearly in good health and this is set to be another rousing celebration.”

The evening will end with a special presentation – the Oh Yeah Legend Award Supported by Blue Moon and PRS.

This will be presented to Ash. The Downpatrick act will play their ‘1977’ album at the end of the evening to mark its 20th anniversary.

Online ticket sales: Here

This event will feature during the closing weekend of the Sound of Belfast, programme, 03-12 November.

Blue Moon becomes Live Music Sponsor of Sound of Belfast.

Blue Moon Craft Beer is set to become the Live Music Sponsor of the Sound of Belfast festival that takes place across the city.

Now in its third year, Sound of Belfast has become a focal point for the music scene in Northern Ireland, attracting over 8,000 people into the city each November to experience the best of local music. Co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Sound of Belfast is a sustained, celebration of an iconic music city – a mixture of live performance, awards, learning and community.

Ryan McFarland, Northern Ireland Director at Molson Coors, brewer of Blue Moon Craft Beer says:

 “As is evident by the twelve shortlisted albums, the music scene in Northern Ireland is undeniably in rude health. As an international brand renowned for its creativity and artistry in brewing we are proud to sponsor the Sound of Belfast Festival and support true home grown talent. Blue Moon has been warmly welcomed in Northern Ireland since it launched, and firmly believe that the shortlisted acts, as well as all the participants in the Sound of Belfast festival, will be equally warmly received as they export their craft to international audiences.”

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah says:

“We’re looking forward to working with Blue Moon as the live partner for Sound of Belfast. We feel that their values of quality, craft and creativity are very much in line with our own ethos about a live music experience. Support from Blue Moon allows us to roll out an even better music programme in November.”

Sound of Belfast 2016 will feature over 28 events in eight venues, including Oh Yeah, Voodoo, The Empire, The Eglantine Inn, The MAC, The Mandela Hall and The Elmwood Hall. With the help of Blue Moon, the scale and ambition of the programme has grown considerably.




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