Nominees for the first ever Liverpool Music Awards were announced at Eric’s club, Mathew Street, on Wednesday 10 October, during an evening of Liverpool music.
The night consisted of a range of live performances, and was hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks. Local musicians turned out to support the nominations, including members of The Coral, The Zutons and the Lightning Seeds.
Awards organiser Ellie Phillips said: “It’s great to see such a range of genres included in the final shortlists, it really shows how diverse the music industry on Merseyside really is.
It’s also interesting that individuals at different stages in their careers have made the final cut: newcomers, those who are well established and those who have forged their way using non-traditional routes.”
The awards will be hosted by Radio Two DJ Janice Long at The Dome Grand Central Hall on Saturday 17 November. Public voting is now open online at www.liverpoolmusicawards.com.
Liverpool indie stars The Wombats will appear along with members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Liz McClarnon. There will also be live performances, including X Factor finalist Craig Colton and MOBO Unsung award winner Esco Williams.
Funds raised on the night will be in aid of Youth Music Charity.
The categories are as follows:
The One to Watch, sponsored by Andrew Collinge
Alternative folk band, All We Are, are up against Wallasey group Guardians in this category, as well as acoustic ensemble the Hummingbirds.
Male artist of the year
Nominees for this award are indie-pop folk singer Ali Ingle, the man dubbed the ‘Mersey Van Morrison’ Robert Vincent, and the self-professed ‘soul powered nerd’, Esco Williams.
Female artist of the year, sponsored by Rare London
X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and folk singer-songwriter Lizzie Nunnery battle it out for female artist of the year.
Band of the year
Competing in this category are synth rock/pop band Man Get Out, psychedelic folktronica group Stealing Sheep and synth pop band Tea Street Band.
Single of the year, sponsored by McEntegart Legal Limited
The nominees are Bang On with their single ‘Got It’, Tea Street Band with ‘Summer Dreaming’, and Sound of Guns with ‘Antarctica’.
Album of the year
Stealing Sheep, with their album ‘Into the Diamond Sun’, are up against Bill Ryder Jones with his album ‘If’, and Ian McNabb with his album ‘Little Episodes’.
DJ of the year
In this category, James Rand battles against Lee Butler and Bernie Connor for the DJ of the year.
Live music venue of the year, sponsored by Hotel Indigo
The Caledonia, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Kazimier are the nominees for live music venue of the year.
Manager/management team of the year, sponsored by Haines Watts
Nominees for this award are Bold Management, Josh Mateer and Charlotte Bower.
Producer/production team of the year, sponsored by Fierce Management
Mike Cave, Rob Whiteley and Mike Crossey compete for this award.
Record label of the year
In this category are Anti-Pop, Viper Recordings and 3beat.
Recording studio of the year
Elevator, Parr Street studios and Creative Minds Charity.
Live music night of the year
Liverpool Acoustic, Monday Club, and Harvest Sun presents are nominated for this category.
The awards for Local music champion, The Roger Eagle award for outstanding contribution to music and lifetime achievement awards will also be announced at the ceremony.