The nominees for twelve of the categories in the Liverpool Music Awards 2013 were revealed this week. Once again the judges have scrutinised all the entries and shortlisted Liverpool Acoustic for Live Music Night of the Year.
To be shortlisted for the second year in a row came as a real surprise, so thank you to those who put our name forward and to the judges for picking us again.
Now it’s over to you! If you get the chance, please follow the link, register, and vote. As we said last year, it would make us very happy to know that the acoustic side of the Liverpool music scene is being recognised alongside the indie, pop, dance, and urban music.
Voting is open now, and closes at midnight on Friday 16th August.
Here are the categories and nominees, along with some helpful hints with a distinctive acoustic leaning!
LIVE MUSIC NIGHT OF THE YEAR
To be nominated alongside the awesomeness that is Harvest Sun for the second time is awesome, and we’re joined this year by the ever-reliable EVOL.
THE MICHAEL MOLLOY YOUTH MUSIC AWARD (age 16-21)
Its’a real shame there can only be one winner in this category as each of the nominees plays acoustically some or all of the time, and each one is amazing in their own right. You decide!
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The fantastic Esco Williams and Miles Kane tend to get all the plaudits, so we’re plumping for Bill Ryder-Jones. Have you heard his debut album? If not, why not?
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Another tough choice which shows the calibre of female musicians in the city. From an acoustic point of view we’re going for the wonderful Anna Corcoran.
BAND OF THE YEAR
BY THE SEA
ONE TO WATCH (no age restriction)
We’re been really impressed with the sound of Lumin Bells since they launched onto the scene recently. They’re definitely ones to watch and get the Liverpool Acoustic recommendation.
JOHN ROSS JUNIOR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Robert Mulder’s band Highfields has brought something different, refreshing and fun to the scene and their single The Chase (Oh Lord) gets our vote.
JETTA – START A RIOT
HIGHFIELDS – THE CHASE (OH LORD)
MICHAEL MOLLOY – RISE & FALL
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ian Skelly’s album Cut From A Star has an acoustic heart. But the choice is yours.
CUT FROM A STAR – IAN SKELLY
DON’T FORGET WHO YOU ARE – MILES KANE
TOWERS – BALTIC FLEET
LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR
Just as tough as last year, this category has three venues which support acoustic music on a regular basis. However, we’re going for LEAF with its hosting of Mellowtone gigs and the weekly Out Of The Bedroom open mic.
CAMP AND FURNACE
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ OF THE YEAR
Here’s a category we didn’t expect to have an interest in. Mellowtone’s resident DJ gets our vote every time. Go Richie Vegas!!!
MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EIGHTIES VINYL RECORDS
3 BEAT RECORDS
Voting open for Liverpool Music Awards 2013… (hint, hint!)
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.