I helped to judge this. Lots of DiS favourites on the list. What do you think? Who's missing? (Admittedly, we could only pick from stuff that was submitted, and some of these are publicly voted)
Who do you think will win?
FULL NOMINATIONS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
FOR THE SECOND AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
ENTER SHIKARI IN LINE FOR THREE AWARDS
ALABAMA SHAKES, FRANK TURNER AND MADNESS
UP FOR TWO AWARDS EACH
NINJA TUNE & XTRA MILE LEAD THE LABELS
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) are excited to announce the full category shortlists for the second AIM Independent Music Awards.
Leading lights of the rock scene, Enter Shikari top the list with a total of three nominations for Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band and Independent Album of the Year, for their third album, A Flash Flood of Colour. Following closely on their heels are Alabama Shakes who are nominated for Independent Breakthrough Of The Year and Independent Album Of The Year for their critically acclaimed album, Boys & Girls. Hot from his performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony Frank Turner picks up two nominations for Best Live Act & Hardest Working Act and finally the Nutty Boys, Madness have clocked up nominations for PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act and the Special Catalogue Release Of The Year.
Enter Shikari said of the nominations - "Its an honour to be nominated for not one but three awards. the Independent Album of the Year and Best Live Act award nominations mean a lot to us, and the Hardest Working Band feels appropriate right now (at time of writing, we're in a jet lagged haze in Brisbane, Australia). Even if we end up walking away with no actual awards, it was nice that the independent world thought of us enough to nominate us for these coveted gongs. Bring it on."
An excited Madness said "Just when we thought we couldn't top the Jubilee and The Olympics along come two nominations from AIM to knock our socks off.”
Alongside a wealth of established mainstream talent nominated including The Prodigy, Adele and Arctic Monkeys, the AIM Independent Music Awards also feature nominations for some of the music scene’s brightest new talents, rising stars and underground heroes, including Django Django, Alt-J, Grimes, Poliça, First Aid Kit, Skinny Lister, Rustie, Liars, Future of the Left, The Invisible and Amon Tobin.
With 11 of the Awards’ categories voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the music industry and a further 3 categories voted for by the public, the Awards honour the abundance of outstanding artistic, label and entrepreneurial talent within the independent music sector. Taking place on October 29th 2012 at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, London, the ceremony will be hosted by renowned radio presenters Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq.
CEO of AIM Alison Wenham said of the awards. “We have doubled capacity for this years ‘Most Difficult Second AIM Awards (!)’ and the nominations are once again outstanding. These awards will recognise another great year for independents’ creativity and ingenuity, with Ninja Tune and Xtra Mile leading the nominations list. The companies and artists are all so special they should all get a medal, but a decent three course meal and an evening spent amongst friends is a prize in itself.”
With Edwyn Collins and Mute’s Daniel Miller already announced as recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and the Pioneer Award respectively, the winners for the remaining 13 categories, will be unveiled exclusively at the ceremony.
AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES:
Best Live Act (voted for by visitors to thefly.co.uk)
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital)
Alt - J
Hardest Working Band Or Artist
Best Difficult Second Album
Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts In Snow
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
Speech Debelle - Freedom Of Speech
The Invisible - Rispah
The Skints - Part & Parcel
Independent Album Of The Year (In association with Bird & Bird)
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
Liars - Wixiw
Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
Rustie - Glass Swords
Best Small Label (in association with Sound Performance)
Black Butter Records
Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre Spotlight Award
Broadcaster Ft Peggy Seeger - Folksploitation
Lorn - Ask The Dust
Neil Cowley Trio - The Face Of Mount Molehill
Netsky - 2
Wiley - Evolve Or Be Extinct
Independent Entrepreneur Of The Year (in association with The Orchard)
Alex Di Savoia - Aardvark Records
Chris Goss / Tony Colman / Tom Kelsey - Hospital Records
Louis Barabbas - Debt Records
Sam Dyson - Distiller Records
Simon Raymonde - Bella Union
PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year
Amon Tobin - Amon Tobin
Madness - A Guided Tour Of Madness
Can - The Lost Tapes
The 13th Floor Elevators - Music Of The Spheres
Various Artists - The Original Sound Of Cumbia
Independent Label Of The Year (in association with EDC)
Indie Champion Award
Olli Dutton - Obscene Strategies
Ian Evans - IME Music
Steve Lamacq – BBC 6music
Katie Parsons - Kerrang!
Shell Zenner - Amazing Radio
Best Independent Festival (voted for by visitors to thisisfakediy.com)
In The Woods Festival
Y Not Festival
The final tickets and sponsorship packages for the AIM Independent Music Awards are now available:
Tickets - www.musicindie.com/awards/theceremony
AIM would like to thank its sponsors and partners for their continued support: The Fly, This is Fake DIY, Sound Performance, PPL, Nokia, The Orchard, 7Digital, Music Week, Bird & Bird and eMusic.
Awards website: http://www.musicindie.com/awards
NOTES TO EDITORS:
AIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. Now in its 13th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.
In addition to the crucial role AIM plays in advocacy and lobbying for the independent sector, AIM makes a daily difference to the businesses of members by providing advice, training and business support to ensure members have the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to succeed.
AIM oversees an independent sector whose artists have delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years, a figure which underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists.
Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beach House, Big Pink, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, British Sea Power, Cancer Bats, Coldcut, The Cribs, Darwin Deez, David Lynch, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Fleet Foxes, Frank Turner, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, The Futureheads, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, The Horrors, Jack White, James Vincent McMorrow, Jarvis Cocker, Jose Gonzalez, Justice, Katie Melua, M.I.A., Madness, Marilyn Manson, Maximo Park, Mr. Scruff, The National, Nitin Sawnhey, The Prodigy, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Reverend And The Makers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Seasick Steve, The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Underworld, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, Warpaint, The White Stripes, Wild Beasts, The XX, Young Guns and thousands of others.