Launch of the Liverpool Music Awards 2013

Liverpool has long been famous for doubling up; the city boasts two spectacular cathedral’s, is home to both two universities and two Premier League football teams; this tradition is clearly showing no sign of slipping as the announcement of the Liverpool Music Awards brings the total of such city based accolades to…yep, you guessed it; two.

The Liverpool Music Awards 2013 will be launched at Liverpool Town Hall on Tuesday 30th April 2013; the event being hosted by Janice Long, also in attendance will be the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

Live performances on the night will come from The Hummingbirds, Ali Ingle & Alex Evans

With performances from two of last year’s Liverpool Music Awards winners, The Hummingbirds, who won ‘Ones to Watch’ and Ali Ingle who picked up the gong for ‘Male Artist of the Year’. Alex Evans will also perform ‘Rise and Fall’ at the launch.

“This launch is the start of an annual event where winners from the previous awards will be invited to perform at the launch in front of some of the biggest movers and shakers in the music industry. I’m also delighted Janice Long is back on board” says awards organiser Ellie Phillips.

Janice commented ”I’m really looking forward to coming back and to be part of the Liverpool Music Awards again. The wealth of musical talent in the city is second to none”

This year’s ‘Ones to Watch’ award is dedicated to 18 year old Michael Molloy. The up-and-coming Liverpool guitarist who lost his live in a coach crash when returning home from Bestival last year. Michael Molloy and Alex Evans recorded ‘Rise and Fall’ just weeks before Michael’s death in the Bestival coach crash last year.

Michael’s band Hostile Radio were one of 12 Liverpool bands taking part in the Roscoe Project 2012 funded by Youth Music, the charity partner of the Liverpool Music Awards and one of the bands who took part in the competition to perform at the inaugural ceremony.

“To work alongside Michael was a true honour. We had our ups and downs like all best friends do but I have never shared so much respect for another human being. I am so proud to have been the person who played on this record and I will cherish the moments we had together for the rest of my life. It is a brilliant tribute to remember Michael at the music awards and I am very proud to be able to honour his life in this way” says Alex Evans.

Joe Molloy, brother of Michael Molloy, says: “We’re delighted that Michael’s song will be performed by Alex at the launch of the awards. It’s a brilliant tribute to him and we hope encourages even more people to go out and buy the single to help us get it up the charts.”

‘Rise and Fall’ and a second single, ‘Hope You Know’, can be pre-ordered from iTunes now, costing £1.79 for both.

Nominations for the Liverpool Music Awards open at midnight on Tuesday 30th April and close at midnight on Friday 31st May.

The ceremony itself takes place on Sunday 25th August at St George’s Hall as part of the new Liverpool International Music Festival, which replaces the Mathew Street Festival.

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