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@OfficialAdele crowned Songwriter of the Year at 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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The 57th Ivor Novello Awards took place this afternoon (May 17th, 2012) at the Grosvenor House, London.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The winners were as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele    UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’  Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Nominees

Song: Promises’  Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero    UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’  Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake    UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Nominees

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

WINNER – The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Nominees

Broadcast: Leonardo    Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight    Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

WINNER – The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

WINNER – ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

ALBUM AWARD

Nominees

Album: 21′  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’  Written & Performed by: Kate Bush  UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

WINNER – ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

 

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards were presented this afternoon:

Lifetime Achievement – Mark Knopfler

Outstanding Song Collection – Gary Kemp

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Take That

PRS for Music Special International Award – Jimmy Webb

Songwriter(s) of the Year – Adele

The Ivors Jazz Award – Stan Tracey

The Ivors Inspiration Award – Siouxsie Soux

A BASCA Fellowship was awarded to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

www.theivors.com

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Female-friendly shortlist announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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A female-friendly shortlist has been announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards, due to be held in London on May 17th, 2012.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The shortlist is as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’   Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’   Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Song: Promises’   Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero     UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’   Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake     UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’   Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Broadcast: Leonardo   Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight   Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

ALBUM AWARD

Album: 21′   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’   Written & Performed by: Kate Bush   UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’   Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards will be presented on the day:

Lifetime Achievement / Outstanding Song Collection / PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music / PRS for Music Special International Award / Songwriter(s) of the Year / The Ivors Jazz Award / The Ivors Inspiration Award

A BASCA Fellowship will also be awarded at the 2012 ceremony.

The 57th Ivor Novello Awards will take place on May 17th, 2012 at the Grosvenor House, London.

www.theivors.com

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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April 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

UK Festival Awards 2011 @festival_awards ; out with the old and in with the new?

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The 2011 UK Festival Awards were announced last night, in a suitably snazzy ceremony at London’s Roundhouse. There were a few surprises amongst the winners; perhaps a glimpse of the shift that’s set to come this year from folk choosing their festival allegiances more carefully, in light of the current economic climate. For me, size and status are irrelevant; if you have what I want, I’m there.

Following acclaimed performances at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and Jersey Live, Ed Sheeran was named ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ (in association with Brothers Cider), beating off competition from Bruno Mars, Jessie J and The Vaccines.

 

‘Headline Performance of the Year’ (in association with Jagermeister) was awarded to Paolo Nutini at Latitude Festival, Nutini’s fellow nominees included Metallica, Magnetic Man and Chase & Status. Chase & Status didn’t go home empty- handed however, as they walked away with the award for ‘Anthem of the Summer’ for ‘Blind Faith.’

Rob Da Bank’s ever-popular Bestival was honoured in a new category for 2011: ‘Fan’s Favourite Festival’. This year, the festival welcomed some of the biggest names in music, consequently drawing the biggest crowds, and featured artists such as Bjork, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and Public Enemy.

The awards for ‘Best Major’ / ‘Medium’ / ‘Small’ Festival, ‘Best Metropolitan’ Festival, ‘Best New’ Festival and ‘Best Family’ Festival were decided upon by a judging panel of journalists and reviewers. The winners included: ‘Best Major Festival’ (in association with The Ticket Factory) went to the godfather of festivals, Glastonbury, whose headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay dominated our TV screens over the summer. ‘Best Medium-sized Festival’ was awarded to Secret Garden Party, which this year featured acts including Marcus Foster, Yasmin, Leftfield and Ghostpoet. End of The Road was awarded with ‘Best Small Festival’ (in association with Doodson); the North Dorset event featured live sets from Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai this year. This is definitely one which I would like to experience some time soon.

 

‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ was awarded to Sheffield’s Tramlines, which beat off competition from The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and Gaymer’s Camden Crawl.

‘Best New Festival’ (in association with Access All Areas) went to Wilderness, a new ‘celebration of the arts and outdoors’ in Oxfordshire, which The Observer described as a ‘bohemian haven’; Oxford and bohemian – sounds right up my street!  ‘Best Family Festival’ (in association with Showsec) was awarded to Beautiful Days.

‘Best Dance Event’ (in association with Peppermint Bars) perhaps predictably, went to Creamfields, with this year’s event featuring fan favourites Chemical Brothers, Katy B and Kissy Sell Out. I’m not sure that any other festival could beat Creamfields in this genre, there certainly does not appear to be any strong contenders to its crown at the moment. Croatia’s Outlook was honoured with ‘Best Overseas Festival’.

Finally, ‘Line-Up of the Year’ in association with XL Video was awarded to Sonisphere, for a staggering bill in 2011, which saw the Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth unite for what was widely described as, ‘heavy metal heaven’.

Congratulations to all the 2011 UK Festival Awards winners and let’s hope that the 2012 season exceeds those highs and lessens the lows.

www.festivalawards.com / www.twitter.com/festival_awards

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

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2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

Lauren Laverne has officially announced the nominations for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London.

The nominations are:

Adele21
Anna CalviAnna Calvi
ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys!
Everything EverythingMan Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days At Schloss Elmau
James BlakeJames Blake
Katy BOn A Mission
King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
MetronomyThe English Riviera
PJ HarveyLet England Shake
Tinie TempahDisc-Overy

Critics are citing Adele and PJ Harvey as the front-runners of the competition and debate has already centred around whether a win for Adele would have any real impact for the artist; 21  has sold over 8 million copies worldwide since its release on January 19th, 2011. The Mercury Prize has always been considered to provide a huge platform for artists who perhaps might not have otherwise gained the recognition they deserve for their work; might it be said that Adele has surpassed such a point and therefore a win for her would be unfair to the other nominees, or should it be about the best album overall; musically and lyrically?

I would personally love to see Metronomy or Everything Everything do well here, but we shall have to wait and see. The awards ceremony takes place in London on September 6th, 2011.

Good luck to everyone!

shelleyhanveywriter.

2011 UK Music Festivals; what constitutes a headline-worthy artist?

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I think we’ve pretty much seen the majority of what the UK Music Festival scene has in store for us this year, but I’ve had cause to wonder; what constitutes a headline-worthy artist? Are record sales the main criterion; perhaps international or tabloid appeal, or could it be something else?

It has always been my opinion that those festivals which consistently perform well with ticket sales, are those which have a clear brand identity and generally, a niche market; Leeds and Reading Festivals, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury and T In The Park being prime examples. I suppose it isn’t  rocket science really – if you cater to a specific section of the gig-going public, provide the artists and bands that  they want to see, at a price they can afford, how can you go wrong? But so many appear to do just that. Looking at some of the festival line-ups for 2011, I’ve felt largely underwhelmed and uninspired, with only a select few pricking my curiosity to find out more. Admittedly, music tastes are subjective and entirely personal to the ticket-holder, but when the ‘big five’ (V Festival, Glastonbury, Leeds Festival, Reading Festival and T In The Park) music festivals in the UK are charging relatively similar weekend prices, how can a couple of them defend their line-ups against their peers?

Of course, a music festival is about much more than just the music; the location has to be just right, as well as: accessibility, on-site facilities, entertainment, catering, toilets, general crowd atmosphere and the list goes on. Can a perfect ten in all of these criteria however, really make up for a poor line-up? Is a great festival weekend about who you’re with, not where you are; would you trade six good medium-stage acts for one great main stage act?

The UK Festival Awards 2010 announced the following winners late last year:

Best Small Festival in association with Doodson Entertainment – Kendal Calling

Best Medium Festival in association with Smirnoff Flavours – Green Man Festival

Best Major Festival in association with Tuborg – Bestival (see photo above)

Line-Up of the Year in association with XL Video – Rockness

Bestival is a boutique music festival, which takes place at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. The four-day spectacular which promises to inspire ‘peace, love and dancing’, is curated by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank. This year, the festival takes place on the 8th – 11th September 2011 and is set across 15 stages, offering the likes of The Cure, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Kelis, Robyn, PJ Harvey, Noah and the Whale, The Unthanks and Groove Armada. It would be fair to say that the line-up is a mix of folk fusion and boutique chic and the festival site promises ‘an original boutique camping experience, cocktail bars, fancy dress and a hidden disco.’ I think the fact that the festival has always promoted itself as being particularly family friendly hasn’t hurt; children enjoy music too, it isn’t all about the beer tokens people! To find out more about Bestival, please visit the link below.

Green Man Festival takes place on the 19th-21st August 2011 (the same weekend as V Festival, but tailored to an entirely different audience) in the Brecon Beacons. The festival is aimed specifically at the folk and electronic indie- loving public and again, is very welcoming to families with children of all ages; indeed, under 12s get in free. Highlights on the line-up this year include: Fleet Foxes, The Low Anthem, Bellowhead, Explosions In The Sky, The Burns Unit and Villagers. I think that I would enjoy this particular festival; I love folk and electronic music and I love a beautiful scenic environment in which to camp and lounge. To find out more about Green Man Festival, please visit the link below.

Kendal Calling takes place on the 29th-31st July 2011 in Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District. This is an independent festival, combining contemporary music and art with rural entertainment. I think it would be a fair assumption to say that this festival largely caters to a somewhat younger demographic than the former two; particularly with regards to the line-up, which this year includes: The Cribs, Blondie, Chase and Status, Echo and the Bunnymen, Levellers and Young Knives.  The festival also offers dance, comedy and new music stages. For more information on Kendal Calling…you know what to do.

Out of the ‘big five’ headlining acts this year, my favourite would have to be Glastonbury (22nd-26th June 2011): Coldplay, U2 and Beyonce. The brilliance of these choices lies in the fact that there will probably be something for everyone here. The acts are diverse enough to attract wider audiences, yet remain true to what a great headliner should be – an act that commands your attention, whether that be by dividing the audience right down the middle or uniting everyone with one memorable anthem that will go on to sum up the entire weekend.

Taking in to account the line-up in its entirety however, I would have to opt for Latitude Festival as my favourite(14th-17th July 2011). The mix of folk, electronica, comedy, poetry and the spoken word could have been tailored specifically with me in mind. I would pay to see the majority of the acts on the billing, including: The National, Bombay Bicycle Club, Caribou, The Duke and the King, Foals, Hurts, KT Tunstall and Rumer , as well as the fantastic stand-ups on offer including Alan Carr and Omad Djalili . Plus it also takes place on my birthday weekend!

Whichever UK festival you choose to visit this year, I wish you good weather and great memories 🙂

www.festivalawards.com / http://www.vfestival.com/ / http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/ / http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/ / http://www.leedsfestival.com/ / http://www.readingfestival.com/ / http://www.tinthepark.com/ / http://www.greenman.net/ / http://www.bestival.net/ / http://kendalcalling.co.uk/ http://www.rockness.co.uk/

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