At the end of the year, we like to show our appreciation for some of the best in the music industry by way of a music awards show live on TBFM Online. The voting took place for nominations for the TBFM 2013 Music Industry Awards over the last few months with a record 4,000 people voting this year for the 9 public choice categories.
The winners and a bit of info about them are listed below. Congratulations to you all…
Best New Song: This was one of the toughest categories with 23 song nominations. I for one would not have been able to single out any of the tracks that were shortlisted in this category. So its fair to say the winners really did fight for this one. The award for best new song goes to Northern Ireland’s Trucker Diablo for their single ‘Drive‘ off their album ‘Songs Of Iron. A truly well deserved award for a song that does stick in your head.
Album of the Year: Amazing! Following on from winning the best new song, this award for best album goes again to Trucker Diablo for ‘Songs Of Iron‘. There have been some mighty fine albums released through 2013 but when I heard this one it was another of those ‘not a bad song on the album’ types.
Best British Band: The shortlist for this category would make for one hell of a TBFM gig. Absolva, Electric Cake Salad, Emperor Chung, Exit State, Massive Wagons , Screaming Eagles and Trucker Diablo. In fact, 3 of the 7 are playing the TBFM 5th Birthday Bash in May this year so it goes to show the quality we have on the bill. This was almost a dead heat until the last few days of voting when one of the bands had just returned from the last leg of their 112 gigs of 2013. Best British Band award goes to one of Manchester’s finest bands, Absolva. Well done boys!
Best International Band: A more difficult one to choose for most people as TBFM is around 75% UK based for bands and listeners. We do try and bring in as many bands from around the world as we can be it can be tough for bands to crack the UK scene. The winning band is Germany’s answer to Black Sabbath. A band called Kadavar pick up this one and rightly so from what we saw of them on their UK tour in October 2013. Great band and a fantastic 70’s sound.
Most Requested Song: Well we didn’t put this category up for a public vote for 2 reasons. First reason being this had to be worked out via the staff for what songs they had been requested the most and secondly, I don’t think even now there is more than 2 days go by without this song being requested. Exeter based band Mad Hatter 2.0 released a superb album in 2013 and the first song they announced (played first exclusively on TBFM) was STOMP. From the first moment this song went to air it was an instant hit. Chants of STOMP are seen in the chatroom every day when the song is played. Its a powerful song too. If you have ever been in a pit when they sing it live you will appreciate it! Well done Hatters!
Best Live Performance: Now this award goes on what we have seen as TBFM over the past 12 months really. I have personally seen over 500 bands this year. Can’t remember the names of most which is where this award works! What stood out? Who wowed the crowd? Who did that little bit extra in their performance to gain the best live performance award? I can truly only give this to one band this year and not for one gig in particular because I have seen them around 10 times in 2013 and every performance was even better than the previous. A band from Lancaster who are growing in confidence at every gig they play. If I had to pick their best though it would be opening up the sold out weekend of Hard Rock Hell 7 in North Wales. Always tough to be first band of the weekend, especially 5pm on a Thursday afternoon. Massive Wagons came out and stole the weekend. I would say better than their heroes ‘Airbourne’ (well you seen one DC tribute, you seen em all). Wagons were original, passionate, hungry and really out there to show the world who they are and why they were picked to play 2 sets over the weekend. Best Live Performance to Massive Wagons.
Best Cover Song: We took this list down to just a couple of choices in the end with Element’s cover of She Sells Sanctuary a very close second place but the winner had to go to Japan superstars VAMPS for their amazing take on the 1971 release of ‘Life On Mars’ from David Bowie. A wonderful version of such a great song. I had the privilege of seeing the band perform this song on their world tour when they played the O2 in Islington in October along with a very crazy version of Shampoo’s song ‘Trouble’. Fantastic!
Best Photographer: Our hard working photographers never seem to tire from what ever we throw at them. They can be in a photo pit taking 3,000 photos and yet we ask them to turn them around within 3 minutes! We all love good photos and TBFM has some exceptional photographers working for us. A man that is widely known as Barry (from Eastenders) has been to many gigs for TBFM all over the UK. His work has been really well taken by the bands, the fans and ourselves. A round of applause a massive respect to Martyn Turner Photography. You sir, are a legend.
Best UK Venue: The number of venues we have visited in the UK this year goes into the hundreds. As ex landlords and live music venue owners, we know what to look out for and what to avoid. Many venues try cutting corners with poor lighting, poor sound or even great systems but poor sound men. The winner of best UK venue voted for by our listeners has gone to Rock City in Nottingham. This is a venue we have visited several times and we have always enjoyed it. The sound is amazing. The Basement venue at Rock City is also a fantastic place for up and coming bands. Well worth a visit to watch some of your favourites.
Best Independent Event: Festivals and events are popping up and closing down all over the UK at the moment so people’s confidence for newer festivals is very hard to buy. When you get a small festival putting on bands of the calibre of Download and Sonisphere and who have been getting on with it for almost 10 years, you know someone within their camp really does have the fans at the forefront of their minds, before their wallets. Bloodstock Open Air have done just that. With their 2013 headliners being King Diamond, Slayer and Lamb Of God, they are simply not afraid to go for what the fans want over the very obvious you see at other festivals. Their Metal To The Masses entry for up and coming bands is also fantastically run throughout the UK. Always looking for fresh blood and that is what gives BOA the award for best independent festival. Rock horns aloft!
DJ of the Year: Up in the shortlist myself but I was hoping not to win this award and thankfully I didn’t! This award could go to every member of the DJ staff team as everyone gives up their own time to research bands, get their shows prepared, tell the bands and promote the show and that is before they have even gone on air for a couple of hours. This year though, the fans decided on not one but 2 DJ’s (although they are on the same show). Working from Lancashire is a right pair of oddballs. They have been with TBFM for 2 years, changed their show days and times around until they got it just right so it. You have Katie Rox… patience of a Saint and then you have half pint Stevi Rox. The man is crazy but we all love him. Yes you guessed it the 2013 DJ(s) of the year go to Swampy & Tic Tac aka Katie & Stevi Roxx.
Most Popular TBFM Show: I am really not looking forward to months and months of Stevi Roxx dancing around with his DJ Of The Year award as we will not hear the last of it. But lets just go one further hey… not only did the Roxx’s get the most votes for DJ of the year but they also scooped up Most Popular TBFM Show for The Roxx Show on Tuesday nights 7-9pm. Not much more we can say about it really except you should expect to hear about it for all 52 weeks of 2014. Well… you lot voted for ’em! Seriously though, they are very hard working, ever reliable and so entertaining when they are on the airwaves. So much love for new bands and so much passion for music (and each other hahaha). Well done Roxx’s!
Best Independent Label: This award goes to a record label that people voted for that have been outstanding over the last year. A label supporting new music, promoting the bands and putting them first. Its a tough one again as the 4 nominees all deserve the award but there can be only one winner. This year we award Rocksector Records the Best Independent Label for the second year in a row.
Four Nations of Rock Award: This is a simple enough award. One of the Home Nations is awarded for exceptional music coming from their country through 2013. This award was given to Northern Ireland in 2012 and rather than handing it to another Country we’d like to award them once again. There has been so much talent coming out for the second year running from Northern Ireland. Just look at Trucker Diablo in these awards winning 2 of the biggest titles (and they have done so in the past too). Then you have the amazing Screaming Eagles who won Highway to hell up in Glasgow to open the main stage at Hard Rock Hell this year. Maverick, Baleful Creed and Sinocence joined them at HTH and all performed outstandingly. So much talent just keeps popping up. As soon as we have got used to one NI band, we hear about another. Keep it up!
Special Award: Contribution to Charity: We give recognition each year to a few exceptional people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others. Andy Pilkington, manager of the band Reign of Fury had a dream… that dream became a reality when he set up the Headbangers Balls tour. This was a charity tour to educate people about testicular cancer. Of the 50 bands on the 12 date tour at least 5 of them had had testicular cancer. Andy created something so fantastic that people will remember. All money that was made from the tour from ticket sales, merchandise, raffles and other prizes donated was all for Teenage Cancer Trust. TBFM was so inspired by Andy’s hard work through 2013 that we announced recently that we would be raising money for TCT as our charity of the year 2014. So for Andy’s hard work with the Headbangers Balls, we grant him the award of Contribution to Charity. Well done Andy, keep them balls alive!
Special Award: Contribution to Music: The final award goes to someone who many of you will not know. A man who is behind the scenes in the music industry. A man who, when I first chatted to him on the phone, was being attacked by someone who broke into his house and hit him with a club hammer just for a few quid. Bill Donaghue from Cosby in Leicestershire dedicates pretty much his whole life to music. From local gigs down the club to hugh festivals. We worked with Bill in our home town of Hinckley in the first ever Hinckley Music Festival and it was such a fantastic thing to see so much enthusiasm even when everything around him might be going wrong. He doesn’t have to get up and dust himself off because he just doesn’t go down. Bill is also responsible for the Cosby Big Love Festival and Foxton Locks. He also does work for charity when hes not arranging festivals and gigs. The man never stops smiling and always wants to do as much as he can for every single unsigned band in the UK no matter what it costs. Bill Donaghue, you are an inspiration and you thoroughly deserve the award for Contribution to Music.