New awards set to Socket to ’em

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music News -

Awards sea­son is well un­der way. As well as the Choice Mu­sic Prize nom­i­na­tions (an­nounced Wed­nes­day), the short­lists for the first Dig­i­tal Socket Awards have also just been an­nounced.

The event, which takes place at Dublin’s Grand So­cial on Fe­bru­ary 3rd, will see 14 awards handed over to Ir­ish acts over the course of the evening. Meljoann and Groom will per­form, with other spe­cial guests to be added. Nom­i­nees were ini­tially cho­sen by the pub­lic and whit­tled down by a group of more than 20 jour­nal­ists and blog­gers (me in­cluded).

They in­clude Vil­lagers, Cathy Davey, Ade­bisi Shank, James Vin­cent McMor­row and The Cast of Cheers for best al­bum; The Am­bi­ence Af­fair, Cathy Davey, BATS, Pa­trick Kelle­her and Rub­ber­ban­dits for best video; and Paul McLoone, Ali­son Cur­tis, I-Con, Right Click 2XM and Donal Di­neen for best ra­dio show.

Or­gan­is­ers say they were of­fered cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship for the event, but have cho­sen to plough their own fur­row for the inaugural year. “The re­sponse to the awards has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, and we truly be­lieve we’ve de­vel­oped an in­ter­est­ing, in­ter­ac­tive new take on a tra­di­tional for­mula of recog­nis­ing good mu­sic,” said Naomi McAr­dle.

Tick­ets are ¤10 and are on sale via Tick­ets.ie, as well as on the door. All pro­ceeds af­ter ex­penses will be do­nated to Aware. dig­i­tal­sock­etawards.com.

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