The Association of Independent Music (AIM) confirms second awards show...
It only seems like yesterday I was shaking hands with people and wandering up onstage to present Adele with the award for Best Difficult Second Album. That 'yesterday' was November 2011, and the event was the inaugural Independent Music Awards. The folks behind it (The Association of Independent Music) have confirmed the second event is go! The 2012 awards will take place on October 29th at The Brewery in Clerkenwell and it will be hosted by radio legends Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens.
Chairman and CEO of AIM, Alison Wenham commented:
"The first AIM Awards (2011) was a fantastic event for the artists and companies whose hard work was finally recognised by their peers. We hope that as the awards show grows in size and stature, the wider industry will take note of the unique contribution the indie sector makes to the quality and diversity of the British Music Industry."
BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq had this to say:
“I'm delighted to be co-hosting the awards again after its inception last year. It really was a bit special being in a room with so many influential independent label bosses, including people like Martin Mills and Geoff Travis who put out so many of the records I bought as a teenager. What last year proved is that the AIM Awards does a variety of things. It raises the profile of the indie sector - but it's also very valuable in bringing indie label heads together for a night to swap advice and discuss the future. And on top of that it's terrific to mark some of the achievements of the musicians and labels who've excelled in their field”.
...BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens added:
“The AIM Awards were a celebration of the thriving independent music scene, a huge and energetic group of people and music that deserve to get recognition for their hard work. Myself and Steve had a blast on the night and in the lead up to the event too, where the creativity really gets put under the spotlight.”
The judging panel has been expanded a little, and now looks like this:
Sean Adams, Founder, DrownedInSound
Elisa Bray, Music Editor, The Independent
Nick DeCosemo, Editor, Mixmag
JJ Dunning, Editor, The Fly
Arwa Haider, Music Editor, Metro
Tim Jonze, Music Editor, Guardian.co.uk
John Kennedy, Presenter, XFM
Ras Kwame, DJ
Steve Lamacq, DJ, BBC 6 Music
Laura Lukanz, Music Manager, 1Xtra
Matt Wilkinson, New Music Editor, NME
Pete Paphides, Music Journalist & Broadcaster
Ben Patashnik, Editor, Rock Sound
Katie Parsons, New Music Editor, Kerrang!
Tom Robinson, Songwriter & Broadcaster, BBC 6Music
Huw Stephens, DJ, BBC Radio 1
Paul Stokes, Associate Editor (Digital), Q
Luke Turner, Associate Editor, The Quietus
Malcolm Haynes, Senior Programmer, Glastonbury Dance Village
For more info and to pick up a ticket visit musicindie.com/awards
DiScuss: Who do you think is in with a shout of winning this year?