You might not be able to rock out in a venue for the NI Music Prize 2020, but the show will go online with an online event from the Oh Yeah Music Centre on Thursday, November 12 at 8pm.

Shortlisted artists Arborist, Careerist, Joshua Burnside, Kitt Philippa, Phil Kieran and Sasha Samara will perform brand new performances on the night.

Organised by Oh Yeah, produced by MEP (Mike Edgar Production) and streaming live as a YouTube Premiere, the awards plan to bring as much live experience as possible to audiences at home.

This year’s Oh Yeah Legend Award is in association with Marie Curie, Belfast and is dedicated to the singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy, who died in 2016.

This is in recognition of Bap’s enduring legacy, chiefly as solo artist and earlier with his band Energy Orchard. The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, presents the Legend Award.

Rigsy (DJ & Broadcaster) and Gemma Bradley (Presenter, BBC ATL Introducing) will present the show.

There will be guest contributors, with live announcements and presentations as well as some previously unseen footage including the Snow Patrol performance from last year’s incredible event at the Ulster Hall.

The awards include Best Album supported by PPL, Best Single supported by Help Musicians, the Oh Yeah Contender Award in association with ATL Introducing and Best Live Act. The winners of three categories will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album.

A panel will decide Best Album on Nov 12th and voting is now open to the public for the other three shortlists. Voting closes on Nov 11th at midnight.
Oh Yeah’s Charlotte Dryden said they had to adapt to the circumstances.

“It has been an incredibly difficult year for music, musicians and live music, but we were determined to make sure that the show will go on,” she said. “We need to have a moment for our community to come together to say we are still here, we will get through this and we matter.

“We have an incredible amount of talent to celebrate here and while we normally get together under one roof for this annual celebration, this is an opportunity to showcase our music in a new way.

“We’re urging everyone to join us, tune in, get involved, organise watch parties and support local music. It will be different, but we think it will be great.”

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