AIM has announced the full category shortlists for the second AIM Independent Music Awards.
Enter Shikari lead the pack with a total of three nominations for Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band and Independent Album of the Year for their third album A Flash Flood of Colour. Alabama Shakes are nominated for Independent Breakthrough Of The Year and Independent Album Of The Year for their album, Boys & Girls.
Frank Turner picks up two nominations for Best Live Act and Hardest Working Act, whilst Madness clock up nominations for PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act and the Special Catalogue Release Of The Year.
Enter Shikari said:?“It’s an honour to be nominated for not one but three awards. Even if we end up walking away with no actual awards, it was nice that the independent world thought of us enough to nominate us. Bring it on.”
Madness said “Just when we thought we couldn’t top the Jubilee and The Olympics along come two nominations from AIM to knock our socks off.”
The Awards also feature nominations for some of the scene’s less well-known and newer artists including Django Django, Alt-J, Grimes, Poliça, First Aid Kit, Skinny Lister, Rustie, Liars, Future of the Left, The Invisible and Amon Tobin.
Eleven of the Awards’ categories are voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the music industry and a further three categories are voted for by the public.
Taking place on October 29 2012 at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, London, the ceremony will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.
CEO of AIM Alison Wenham said of the awards: “We have doubled capacity for this year’s ‘Most Difficult Second AIM Awards’ and the nominations are once again outstanding. These awards will recognise another great year for independents’ creativity and ingenuity, with Ninja Tune and Xtra Mile leading the nominations list. The companies and artists are all so special they should all get a medal, but a decent three course meal and an evening spent amongst friends is a prize in itself.”
With Edwyn Collins and Mute’s Daniel Miller already announced as recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and the Pioneer Award respectively, the rest of the winners will be unveiled exclusively at the ceremony.
AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES 2012
Best Live Act (voted for by visitors to thefly.co.uk)
The Cribs, Dub Pistols, Enter Shikari, The Prodigy, Frank Turner
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital)
Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Django Django, Grimes, Poliça
Hardest Working Band Or Artist
65daysofstatic, Cancer Bats, Enter Shikari, Frank Turner, Skinny Lister
Best Difficult Second Album
Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts In Snow; First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar; Speech Debelle - Freedom Of Speech; The Invisible - Rispah; The Skints - Part & Parcel
Independent Album Of The Year (In association with Bird & Bird)
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls; Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour; Liars - Wixiw; Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense; Rustie - Glass Swords
Best Small Label
(in association with
Alcopop! Records, Black Butter Records, Brainfeeder, Pink Mist, Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre Spotlight Award
Broadcaster Ft Peggy Seeger - Folksploitation; Lorn - Ask The Dust; Neil Cowley Trio - The Face Of Mount Molehill; Netsky - 2; Wiley - Evolve Or Be Extinct
Independent Entrepreneur Of The Year
(in association with The Orchard)
Alex Di Savoia - Aardvark Records; Chris Goss / Tony Colman / Tom Kelsey - Hospital Records; Louis Barabbas - Debt Records; Sam Dyson - Distiller Records; Simon Raymonde - Bella Union
PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act
Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Caro Emerald, Madness, Travis
Special Catalogue Release
Of The Year
Amon Tobin - Amon Tobin; Madness - A Guided Tour Of Madness; Can - The Lost Tapes; The 13th Floor Elevators -
Music Of The Spheres;
Various Artists - The Original Sound Of Cumbia
Independent Label Of The Year
(in association with EDC)
4AD, Bella Union, Hospital Records, Hyperdub, Ninja Tune
Indie Champion Award
Olli Dutton - Obscene Strategies; Ian Evans - IME Music; Steve Lamacq – BBC 6 Music; Katie Parsons - Kerrang!; Shell Zenner - Amazing Radio
Best Independent Festival
(voted for by visitors to thisisfakediy.com)
In The Woods Festival,
Truck Festival, Y Not Festival, Leefest, Bearded Theory