A new award allowing music fans to recognise unsung indie heroes has been announced today (March 23).
Online ticket seller WeGotTickets unveiled the campaign, named INDIE50, to celebrate the unsung idols of live music at a grassroots level. One of the main aims of the award is to shine a light on those that operate outside of major organisations, and to recognise those that have made an impact on a specific local indie scene.
Fans are encouraged to submit their nominations via the website indie50.com and the organisers are keen to stress that the recognition should not stop at musicians, saying, “Whether it be influential club promoters, managers, bookers, sound engineers, journalists, even the door person at your local venue, INDIE50 looks to celebrate some of the personalities working at the grassroots level that help make the UK’s world-renowned live scene so fertile.
“Some names might not be familiar to everyone, but their contributions will have been felt by many. Every breaking artist has at one time been championed by someone close to home. It’s these people and their efforts in the face of an ever more aggressive market that warrant recognition beyond a local level, and we’re here to give it.”
Judges for the competition include BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, who presents the Recommends show on Friday evenings. Speaking about the competition, Ravenscroft said: “Although the indie music scene is flourishing at the moment, it tends to be certain sounds or fashions that get all the attention. There are lots of people doing great things behind the scenes that aren’t necessarily getting the recognition they deserve.”
The results of the competition will be announced in August, with the final INDIE50 honoured in a photographic exhibition.
For more information or to submit a nomination visit indie50.com.