Mu­sic awards to Socket to ’em

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside -

With many in­dus­try com­men­ta­tors say­ing that 2010 has been pos­si­bly the most cre­ative year in his­tory for Ir­ish mu­sic, it seems like per­fect tim­ing for the foun­da­tion of a new awards cer­e­mony to big up our thriv­ing in­dige­nous scene.

The first Dig­i­tal Socket Awards, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Ir­ish blog­gers Peter Na­gle, Ai­dan Cuffe, Naomi McAr­dle and Ro­nan Hunt-Mur­phy, will take place amid flur­ries of ap­plause and live mu­sic at the Grand So­cial in Dublin on Fe­bru­ary 3rd.

The pub­lic are in­vited to nom­i­nate their favourite artists in 14 sep­a­rate cat­e­gories at dig­i­tal­sock­etawards.ie.

Nom­i­na­tions will be open un­til 9pm on De­cem­ber 23rd, af­ter which a group of 26 blog­gers (my­self in­cluded) will vote on a short­list of three fi­nal­ists, who will be up for each hand­made award.

“Rather than con­fine the bril­liant Ir­ish mu­sic of 2010 to our blogs, we felt that a fun, live-mu­sic event would be the best way to recog­nise what has been one of the great­est years for new mu­sic that any­one can re­mem­ber,” said McAr­dle.

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