As we return to some form of normality, it is important to reflect on the music created by our home grown artists during the pandemic. Excitingly we will have the opportunity to do this in person as the NI Music Prize will return to its live format with a start studded show in the Ulster Hall.
Organised by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, the NI Music Prize 2021 ceremony will include performances from a number of the shortlisted artists including Amy Montgomery, Dani Larkin, New Pagans and TRÚ. While those in attendance will also be treated to guest performances from Ryan McMullan, Ash and last year’s winner of the BBC ATL Introducing Contender Award Sasha Samara.
There are 14 wonderful albums on NI Music Prize Shortlist for Best Album 2021:
Andrew McGibbon – Northern Gothic
Arvo Party Inheritance – Arvo Party
Bicep – Isles
CATALAN! – Veritas
Dani Larkin – Notes for a Maiden Warrior
Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
Jealous of the Birds – Peninsula
Joshua Burnside – Into The Depths Of Hell
New Pagans – The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots & All
Peter J McCauley – Amnesty
Saint Sister – Where I Should End
This Ship Argo – Always the Bees: Never the Honey
TRÚ – No Fixed Abode
VerseChorusVerse – What If We Won
While there are 8 tracks on the Best Single Shortlist for the NI Music Prize 2021:
Amy Montgomery – Intangible
Bicep – Apricots
Cherym – Listening To My Head
Dea Matrona – Stamp On It
Enola Gay – Sofa Surfing
Invaderband – I Won’t Remember You
Jordan Adetunji – Wokeup!
Waldorf & Cannon – We Are Your Government
Commenting on this year’s event, Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said: “It has been a long and challenging twelve months for musicians. That is why this year is such an important coming together, not just to celebrate the great wealth of talent that has produced world-class records throughout the pandemic, but also to thank and let the music community take a moment to reflect, start to rebuild and look to the future. It’s going to be a very special evening indeed.”
If you’d like to be in attendance for the event, a limited number of Tickets for the NI Music Prize 2021 are available for purchase via the Ulster Hall website. You can find out further information about the Northern Ireland Music Prize on the official website.