Tim Burgess to receive special recognition at inaugural Northern Music Awards

Virgin Radio

20 Mar 2024, 13:27

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The Northern music scene is about to hit a high note with the debut of the Northern Music Awards, set to rock the Albert Hall on April 23.

Among the esteemed honourees is none other than Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans, who will be bestowed with the prestigious Northern Music Award 2024.

The ceremony, hosted by music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins, promises to be a star-studded affair, with luminaries like Lisa Stansfield and Melanie C also set to receive accolades.

In anticipation of the event, Burgess expressed his excitement, stating: "It’s incredible to be recognised with the inaugural Northern Music Award."

He highlighted his commitment to supporting Nordoff and Robbins' invaluable work in music therapy: "Music is important on so many levels, and I’m a firm believer in the unique way that it can connect people.

“It means a lot to me to be able to support the great work of Nordoff and Robbins, who use music therapy to unlock life for some of the most vulnerable people in society – and through the funds raised by everyone coming along to the Northern Music Awards we’ll be opening up music therapy to even more people across the North.”

The night will be electrified by an array of performances, including sets by Lisa Stansfield, Liam Fray of Courteeners fame, indie hip hop artist Antony Szmierek, and more.

With tickets already on sale, music enthusiasts are gearing up for an unforgettable evening celebrating the vibrant Northern music scene.

But it's not just about the awards—it's also about spotlighting the Northern music landscape in all its glory.

Youtube rapper Aitch's manager, Michael Adex, will be honoured with the prestigious Industry Icon Award, recognising his contributions to shaping the Northern music industry.

Meanwhile, The Reytons will shake things up as they snag the Disruptor Award.

The excitement doesn't end there, as top-tier talent vies for coveted titles.

Sam Fender, Louis Tomlinson, and Self Esteem are in the running for Artist of the Year, while the Band of the Year category sees heavyweights like Blossoms, Courteeners, and Bring Me The Horizon battling it out for top honours.

And let's not forget about the festivals that keep the Northern music scene pulsating with energy.

From Sounds of the Other City to Moovin Stockport, the Festival of the Year category showcases the diverse range of musical experiences available throughout the North.

Nadra Shah, Director of Engagement and Communications at Nordoff and Robbins, encapsulated the essence of the Northern Music Awards: “Music is powerful, it’s universal, it breaks down barriers and it allows us to communicate in ways that otherwise some may not be able to - it’s the heartbeat of our organisation.

“The Northern Music Awards is a chance for us to shine a light on those who work tirelessly to make sure live music is available and accessible throughout the North of England. We are excited to honour some of the industry’s much loved venues and festivals alongside an array of live performances and appearances from some of the most celebrated artists from the region.”

With an array of esteemed honourees, thrilling performances, and celebrated artists, the inaugural Northern Music Awards promises to be a night to remember, amplifying the heartbeat of the Northern music scene for all to hear.

Tickets for the Northern Music Awards can be bought via Ticketmaster here.