The Divine Comedy have been announced as the latest recipient of the Oh Yeah Legend Award recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland. Previous winners of the award include Therapy?, Terri Hooley and Gary Moore who received it posthumously in 2012.
The award will be presented at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on Saturday 14th November 2015. As well as receiving the award The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon will be performing at the event. The night will also see the presentation of the NI Music Prize, celebrating the best Northern Irish album. Last year saw Robyn G Shiels win for his album ‘The Blood of the Innocents’.
Neil Hannon, hailing from Derry and Enniskillen, has been the one constant member since the band’s formation in 1989. The band have released ten studio albums to date, with their best known efforts being ‘The National Express’ and theme tunes for the likes of Father Ted and The IT Crowd. Hannon continues to perform internationally and compose for various art forms including film, television, theatre and opera.
Stuart Bailie CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre says:
“The Divine Comedy have delivered so many stunning songs and Neil Hannon writes with wit, emotion and intelligence. He continues to bring distinction to Northern Ireland and we’re so pleased that he has agreed to accept his Legend Award and to perform at the occasion.”
Neil says: “I am amazed and humbled to be receiving this honour. There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your homeland, and I’m very much looking forward to playing some songs and seeing some familiar faces at the Mandela Hall on Nov 14th.”
The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast which will take place in November.
Tickets, £12 are available online: