The musical landscape in Northern Ireland is currently enjoying the most fertile and rich period it has ever experienced, with acts from a wide range of genres enjoying huge success right across the globe.
Two Door Cinema Club are selling out shows as far away as Australia, And So I Watch You From Afar are continually rocking across continents, and The Japanese Popstars are ripping up massive dance festivals the world over with their storming live set.
Add to this the strong heritage from bands such as Snow Patrol, The Undertones, Ash, and Stiff Little Fingers, it is clear that Northern Ireland music is riding atop a giant wave of success.
The NIMAs will bring together the established legends and the young guns of the music scene in an evening of much deserved celebration and recognition.
“We’ve been really lucky in that we’ve been able to secure a real wish list of acts from Northern Ireland to play at the event, and it’s incredibly exciting to think that they’re all going to be on the Ulster Hall stage on the night,” said Jonny Tiernan, Publisher of AU Magazine.
“Oh Yeah and AU were both thinking about an awards night at the same time, so the smart idea was to combine energies. Overall, the awards are proof that we rock, fantastically well. We have a wonderful spread of talent at the moment and a legacy behind us that we should be awful proud of,” said Stuart Bailie, CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre.
The Northern Ireland Music Awards will form part of Belfast Music Week.
The event is a celebration of local bands, industry, venues and the musical community and runs from October 30, to November 5, and will provide an exciting run-up to the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6.
By Laura McGuigan, insideireland.ie edited by Shakinda Productions