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Preparations have begun for the NMG Awards 2016 which will be our fourth year!
We have more nominated artists in 2016 this year than ever before and we’ll be revealing all the names at our FREE LAUNCH PARTY at the Portland Arms on Friday, 19th August.
Also performing on the night will be Oscar Corney, Suburban Minds, STAYCATIONS, Ellie Dixon and Daisy Bell.
Ticket information for the main ceremony will be announced soon and the full nominations list will be published on this website on 20th August.
Story by Jude Clarke of Cambridge News
THE stars of the Cambridge music scene had their chance to really shine at an awards ceremony in the city last Friday night.
The NMG Awards ceremony, now in its third year, had upgraded from its previous home at popular music venue and pub The Portland Arms to the larger West Road Concert Hall.
The awards, which are linked to the New Music Generator (NMG) show broadcast on Cambridge 105 radio, celebrate the musical talent to be found in Cambridge and East Anglia (all nominees must be based within a 50 mile radius of the city).NMG presenter Tim Willett organises the high-profile ceremony, which is judged by a panel including Sheila Ravenscroft, the BBC’s Sue Marchant and Tom Simkins and Phil Pethybridge who runs The LIving Room stage at Secret Garden Party and The Den at Cambridge Folk Festival. All front of house and technical work on the night was provided by a team of Cambridge 105 volunteer members.
The glitzy event, which saw nominees arrive on a red carpet to be grilled and photographed by local media, interspersed award announcements with performances from nominees from around the evening. Several artists had accepted the organisers’ challenge to come together and produce a special collaboration for the event, including Tom Lumley and Breakthrough Act winner Oscar Corney; ‘Bearded Busker’ Alton Wahlberg and Dale Bennet (both vying for the Best Solo Male Artist gong, eventually won by Ethan Ash); and a beautifully composed, sung and delivered duet between Melody Causton, two-time winner of Best Female Solo Artist, and Rachel Clark, who bagged this year’s Best Solo Artist 18 & Under prize, as she did, too, in 2014.
As winner after winner came to the stage expressing their appreciation for the vibrancy of the Cambridge music scene and the help provided by Tim and Cambridge 105, the importance of supporting local musicians’ fledgling careers was underlined by the inclusion of a series of special Artist Development Prizes, with one-off opportunities handed out to the musician or musicians felt to be most deserving, including a slot at The Big Weekend in Cambridge courtesy of Cambridge Live, radio interviews with Sue Marchant (BBC Eastern Counties) and Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire) and a ‘Live Lounge’ recording session courtesy of event sponsors Cream Room Sound Productions.
The evening ended with a rip-roaring performance from double-winners CC Smugglers, demonstrating just why they’d been awarded not only the Best Folk/Roots Artist prize, but also the coveted Pride of Cambridge Award, given to an artist who is achieving success on the national stage.
See cambridge-news.co.uk/scene-and-heard for regular interviews with local musicians and more.See cambridge-news.co.uk/scene-and-heard for regular interviews with local musicians and more. To have your band featured in our What’s On supplement, contact our music editor on [email protected].
Best Male Solo Artist: Ethan Ash
Best Female Solo Artist: Kelly Oliver
Best Solo Artist 18 & Under: Rachel Clark
Best Pop Artist: Polar Collective
Best Alternative Artist: Cathedrals & Cars
Best Rock Group: Fenrir
Best Indie Group: Silver Screen
Best Electronic/Experimental/Urban: Frett
Best Acoustic Artist: The CoGo
Best Folk/Roots Artist: CC Smugglers
Best Group 18 & Under: The Staycations
Audience Choice: Trizzle
Breakthrough Act: Oscar Corney
Breakout Act: Horse Party
Pride of Cambridge: CC Smugglers
Artist Development Prizes:
A slot on stage at Strawberry Fair 2016 courtesy of Cambridge 105: Parkside
A slot at the Bury Fringe All Dayer courtesy of Toon Teen Industries: Mortal Tides
Acoustic Live Lounge session courtesy of The Cream Room: Ellie Dixon and Datum Plane
Song Writing development prize courtesy of The Cream Room: Tom & Paris
Big Weekend stage slot courtesy of Cambridge Live: The Abstracts
Live radio interview and acoustic session courtesy of Sue Marchant at BBC Radio: Sophie Fletcher
BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire live session courtesy of Tom Simkins: History & Lore
Stage slot at the Fiver night courtesy of Cambridge Junction: Silver Screen and History & Lore
A slot at Homegrown Festival 2016: Stretch Soul Gang
A slot at Secret Garden Party 2016 courtesy of The Living Room/Neon Street: Kelly Oliver
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/NMG-Awards-Stars-Cambridge-music-scene-shine/story-28002836-detail/story.html#ixzz3ovFugIAf
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the NMG Awards at the West Road Concert Hall on Friday.
Here are the final things you need to know:
11 West Road
There is NO parking directly at the venue but there will be street parking available on West Road and surrounding streets. This will be free and we will have stewards helping you to the nearest available space.
Please park thoughtfully and leave space for as many people to park as possible.
There is cycle parking at the venue but the venue is a rather long walk from Cambridge train station.
Doors open at 7pm, you are advised to arrive early to enable you to be parked and processed through ticketing before the event begins at 7:45pm
There will be an interval lasting at least 15 minutes approximately half way through.
The show will finish at approximately 10:45pm.
As we have to be out of the building ourselves at midnight we ask everybody to leave at the end of the show as quickly as possible to enable us to tidy up.
There is a pay bar available before the show and during the interval. It will close after the second half begins.
You may take drinks in the auditorium in plastics but the bar will not be serving whilst the show is in progress, you are discouraged from leaving the auditorium during the show unless absolutely necessary.
If you have an artist drink token you will be given this, along with your ticket on entry.
This should be treated as a £5 note so if you do not use the full value you will be given change back in cash.
The voucher can only be used once and must be given up on use.
Only artists who bought before the deadline are eligible for a drink token.
On arrival, nominated artists will be directed down the red carpet where media from television, radio and print will be gathered to interview selected acts.
Guests and sponsors will be directed a separate way.
Everybody is welcome to have their photo taken in front of our photo board where a professional photographer will be present in advance of the show and during the interval.
All photos will go up on social media following the event so by having your photo taken you are agreeing to this.
Once you are ready to enter the auditorium you must visit the box office to pick up your tickets. Again, nominated artists and guests will be split in to two queues.
Stewards will be in touch to guide you to your seats.
Please queue in the appropriate line (these will be split in to A-K and L-Z by SURNAME)
Give your SURNAME to the assistant.
Bands do not have to arrive together, tickets are allocated per person and not per band.
Please queue in the appropriate line.
Have your name but more importantly your BOOKING REFERENCE available.
In most cases, tickets will be listed under the name of the person who booked them online.
Dress code is formal.
This can mean suits, tuxedos and dresses but can be open to interpretation.
Absolutely no t-shirts, jeans, shorts or trainers will be permitted.
We reserve the right to turn away anyone who is not dressed, in our opinion, accordingly and in this instance no refunds will be given.
Personal photography in the auditorium is discouraged and will not be necessary as we will have local television and professional photographers documenting everything happening on the stage.
There are a small number of tickets available for the east balcony, some of these seats are restricted view.
These can be bought online until midnight on Thursday.
If we have any seats available we will sell these on the door for a higher price and they will be subject to availability.
We can no longer seat anymore guests with other friends/family and artists.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on [email protected]
14 of our NMG Award categories are decided by our panel of judges, the fifteenth award is decided by you – you’re the judge.
All artists included in the nominees list are included in this category so if your favourite artist didn’t make the short list cut, they could still win an award!
Simply share this poll with your friends, fans, family, cats, dogs and pick your favourite.
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