THE Liverpool Music Awards will return this August as a highlight of the city’s new International Music Festival.
Last year’s red-carpet event, hosted by Liverpool-born Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, saw Rebecca Ferguson pick up the award for best female from presenter Melanie C.
The night included performances from Lawson, featuring Liverpool singer Andy Brown, and MOBO Unsung award winner Esco Williams.
Organisers say this summer’s event, which will be held at Liverpool Town Hall, will be even bigger and better than last year, with 16 awards being presented on the night.
Awards organiser Ellie Phillips said: “We will be featuring some really off the wall live performances and collaborations and it will be a massive celebration of musical talent from, and inspired by, our wonderful city.”
Performers and judges for the star-studded ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
The official launch of the awards in May will see performances from Ali Ingle (Male of the Year 2012 winner) and Ian McNabb (Album of the Year 2012 winner).
That night will also see Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who won an award for band of the year but were on tour during last year’s ceremony, finally collect their gong from last year’s host Janice Long.
The awards form part of the Liverpool International Music Festival, which will take place during August and replace the well known Mathew Street festival. Performances will include international acts such as Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the ECHO arena, along with a new stage in Sefton Park playing host to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko during the bank holiday weekend.
On the Saturday and Sunday, there will be two outdoor stages at the Pier Head with cover acts and original artists performing a tribute to the Beatles.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool International Music Festival is a brand new, fresh celebration of all things music and it’s wonderful this popular awards ceremony is now part of the programme.
“Liverpool is a city incredibly proud of its talented musicians.”
Award dedicated to Michael Molloy
THE awards will dedicate its One to Watch Award to 18 year old Michael Molloy.
The up-and-coming guitarist was one of three people who lost their lives in a coach crash when returning from the Isle of White event Bestival last year.
Michael Molloy’s band Hostile Radio were one of 12 Liverpool bands who were part of the Roscoe Project 2012 funded by Youth Music, the charity partner of the Liverpool Music Awards and one of the bands who took part in the competition to perform at the inaugural ceremony.
The official announcement about the re-naming of the special award will take place at the Bestival Fundraiser tomorrow night by Radio 1 DJ and festival organiser Rob Da Bank, along with radio announcements by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and Janice Long on Radio 2.
Michael’s mum Frances said: “Michael has always made us so proud, and this has got to be the most fitting tribute to date. He never doubted in his short life that he would be recognised for his musical talent.”
Michael’s brother Joe added: “It’s very moving to see your brother recognised in such a fitting way.
“He always made us proud in life with his music and everything else he did, and he still does and always will do.”
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