The first ever Welsh music awards have been postponed – because none of the major nominated groups are able to turn up on the original date.
Organisers of the WRITS – the Welsh equivalent of the Brit Awards – had hoped to attract the cream of Welsh pop to their ceremony at Cardiff International Arena on November 27.
But the Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals, who have been put forward for four awards apiece, are both away on tour on the night of the ceremony. And other Welsh stars like Cerys Matthews, Feeder and the Manic Street Preachers are also having trouble fitting the event into their diaries.
Organiser Peter Phillips said: “The Stereophonics‘ manager, John Brand, has done everything he can to get the band along in November but it’s just impossible.
“It’s a bit silly to go ahead when you can’t get most of the biggest names in Welsh music to attend, so we decided the best thing to do would be to put it off until the New Year.”
Veteran Welsh singer Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm, will accept a Lifetime achievement award at the first WRITS, which will now take place on January 14.
Linda Gail Lewis, younger sister of Jerry Lee, will also perform at the event.