Joshua Burnside wins Northern Ireland Music Prize

Joshua Burnside is presented with his award
Joshua Burnside is presented with his award

Joshua Burnside is the winner of the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017.

He was presented with the award at a special event on Saturday, November 11 at the Mandela Hall, Belfast.

The singer/songwriter’s debut album, Ephrata was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures.

Joshua Burnside said; “It’s a massive honour to win this award especially as the quality of the albums this year has been so high. I’m absolutely chuffed so thank you to everyone who voted for me. Also a big thank you to everyone involved in making the album and to my manager Lyndon Stephens who never stops working.”

Previous NIMP winners are: Ciaran Lavery for Let Bad In; SOAK for her album Before We Forgot How To Dream; Robyn G Shiels for The Blood Of The Innocents; and for 2013 – Foy Vance for his album Joy of Nothing.

The NI Music Prize in association with Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, and is also supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and PPL. The event is the culmination of a ten-day celebration of gigs, showcases, workshops and community events called Sound of Belfast.

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “ It’s brilliant that a debut record can pick up the award. Joshua’s rise over the last year has been astounding and this album is an inspired piece of work full of influences from as far away as Columbia, eastern Europe and north America. Massive congratulations to Joshua on winning, and to his manager Lyndon Stephens and Champion Sound on two successful years in a row. Well done also to all the nominees, it was a brilliant shortlist. It makes you proud to be from Northern Ireland.”

Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up two million plays on Spotify, with two sell out London shows, and appearances at international festivals including Reeperbahn and the Great Escape. He has also had extensive radio play and support from the likes of Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart. Joshua will also be performing at this year’s Atlantic Sessions in Portstewart, as well as the music trail for Other Voices in Dingle in December. He releases a deluxe edition of his album this Friday (November 17).

The Belfast event at the Mandela Hall also saw the presentation of a special Oh Yeah Legend Award to Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell. This was presented by Stuart Fleming from PRS for Music, who sponsored the award. Vivian was then joined by his new band Last In Line for a blistering finale to the evening.

For more information on the Northern Ireland music prize visit www.ohyeahbelfast.com.