Welsh Music Prize scrap live performances to avoid noise complaints

The 2016 award ceremony will not feature any performances from nominees

The Welsh Music Prize have dropped live acts from this year’s awards ceremony due to concerns over noise complaints.

Organisers for the prize, founded by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, have decided to scale back the event, which takes at The Depot in Cardiff on 24 November.

The ceremony will now be invite-only and not feature any live music from nominated artists because of past complaints made by neighbours of the venue, reports the BBC.

“We are taking the step to reduce our noise output by reverting to an invite-only event without live performances,” said a Welsh Music Prize statement.

“Due to a small number of noise complaints in recent months at The Depot, we do not want to proceed with a full programme of amplified live music as originally intended.

“We have big plans for next year and we are sorry for any disappointment this may cause.”

Owner Nick Saunders said he was acting to “ensure the local residents enjoy the Depot as much as we do.”

Among the 12 acts nominated for this year’s prize are Cate Le Bon, Meilyr Jones and Climbing Trees.

Last year’s award was won by Welsh-language singer Gwenno for her album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’. Previous nominees have included Manic Street Preachers, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.