Girl Band & Villagers are among those who have recently been nominated for the 2015 Irish Choice Music Prize. They are part of the ten-act shortlist that was released yesterday.
The Choice Music Prize is comprised of the best Irish albums from the previous year, in this case of course it’s 2015. The winner will receive €10,000 and will join the likes of The Divine Comedy, Villagers, Jape and Two Door Cinema Club as winners of the prize.
The nominees and eventual winner is picked by a team of twelve judges who select the top ten albums from those that qualify. The only criteria to been nominated is that the majority of the members are born in The Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Speaking about the Choice Prize the chief executive of IMRO Steve Finn said “The Choice Prize provides a great opportunity for new Irish writers and performers to showcase their creativity to such a wide audience and winning such an award provides real career impetus both within and outside of Ireland”
The winner will be picked on March 3rd at Vicar Street, with performances from a number of as of yet unannounced acts The full list of nominees are down below.
Girl Band – Holding hands With Jamie
HamsandwicH- Stories From The Surface
Gavin James-Bitter Pill
Jape-The Chemical Sea
Le Galaxie-Le Club
Colm Mac Con Iomaire-And No The Weather
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream
Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
Young Wonder – Birt