The Welsh Record Industry Awards, or the writs, will showcase and celebrate the wealth of creativity and talent in the ever-expanding Welsh music industry. The ceremony will recognise and highlight the achievements of Welsh acts and provide an unprecedented and unique performance platform for developing Welsh talent.The cermeony will be held on November 27th at the Cardiff International Arena. It will have the biggest array of welsh talent at a music event ever hosted within the Principality.
the writs will raise funds for The Dyscovery Trust - a charity that assists children with learning difficulties such as Dyspraxia. A number of high profile acts and personalities will be attending to perform and present awards at the ceremony. A few surprise faces will also be there on the night.
The nominations for the writs categories are:
BEST LIVE ACT
Super Furry Animals
BEST MALE SOLO ARTIST
BEST FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Wales on Sunday BEST GROUP AWARD
Super Furry Animals
Manic Street Preachers
Red Dragon FM BEST SINGLE AWARD
'Stone by Stone' by Catatonia
'Ocean Spray' by Manic Street Preachers
'Have a Nice Day' by Stereophonics
'Juxtaposed With U' by Super Furry Animals
BEST ALBUM (sponsored by Swansea Sound and The Wave)
'How I long to Feel that Summer in My Heart', Gorky's
'Know Your Enemy', Manic Street Preachers
'Just enough Education to Perform', Stereophonics
'Rings Around the World' Super Furry Animals
THE 20th CENTURY ROOTS AWARD
Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers
The Class of '58
BEST DANCE AWARD
Jean Jacques Smoothie
The Urban Poets
BEST WELSH PRODUCER
BEST WELSH LANGUAGE ACT
Pep le Pew
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
To be announced at the writ Award Ceremony
BEST EMERGING ACT
The Lost Phophets
BEST UNSIGNED ACT (In conjunction with HTV's 'Shotgun Slideshow' programme).
On 1 November, the judges will announce 6 nominees who will all have been invited to play at a separate event at The Barfly, Cardiff on the night before the writs. Entry is free if you have a ticket for The Writs. The winner will be picked at that event and go on and play live at the writs to a worldwide audience via a webcast, another first for an award event. Celtic Underground Music and Jump Start Recordings are also supporting this award. The Winner will be offered a recording contract and the runners-up will be given distribution deals via their website and web radio.
The general public are welcome to attend the event and tickets are on sale at Cardiff Box Office on 029 2022 4488. You could be sat with amongst the stars and have a VIP table at the event.