Bethan Shuff and Leah Hamer || January 20th
The Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire (MASCs) are less than a month away, on the 11th February at King’s Hall, Stoke.
There are four more awards than last year, so a total of 13 wards up for grabs, with titles like Best Solo Act and Best Album there for the taking.
In the run up to Christmas, Lee Barber announced the nominees for each award. One or two announcements each day had us all on the edge of our seats waiting to see which local acts had been chosen.
REBEL spoke to some of the nominees about how they were feeling about their nominations, and here were some of the responses.
On Christmas Day, some lucky musicians got an extra surprise after all the awards and nominees had been announced – an extra nominee for each award! Emily Jones was nominated for Best Young Act and said, ‘I'm really shocked and extremely humbled to be nominated for Best Young Act at this year’s awards. I've been making music since I was 12, but have really struggled in the last couple of years with self-confidence. To me, being nominated feels like a massive achievement and something I'm extremely proud of. 2017 is going to be the year that I finally get back into the studio and release some music, so this nomination has really given me the encouragement I needed!’
Each award is sponsored by a wonderful local company or organisation. Best Single will be sponsored by Gold Disc Company, Best Electronic Act by Colourville Presents, Best Metal Act by Your City, Best New Act by The Sound Savage, Best Music Video by PH Production Services, Best Album by Lower Lane Studios, Best Rock Band by The Hippy Hippy Shake Company, Best Urban Act by OYB Records, Best Young Act by Gray Wolf Records, Best EP by Riff Factory, Best Solo Act by Darn Bad Bro Promotions, and finally Best Act sponsored by The Situation. The entire event is proudly sponsored by Music Store Pro.
The evening will be hosted by the one and only Benedict McManus, who is returning to the awards after a his brilliant performance last year. As well the awards presentations, live music will feature from SPQR, The Overcast, The King's Pistol and RINSE.
The MASC’s have already had a brilliant response, selling out tables less than a month after they were made available – it’s going to be a full house. Put 11th February in your diaries because it is definitely not one to miss.
You can still vote for your favourites and purchase tickets for the evening at http://www.staffsmusicawards.co.uk/#musicawardshome
Voting closes on the 25th January.