The Northern Music Awards In Manchester 2024

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We are all for celebrating the best of northern music here at Northern Chorus, and this year bands and artists will be getting formal recognition with the launch of the Northern Music Awards.

Nordoff and Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, are the organisation behind the new event, which takes place on Tuesday 23rd April at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

The event will help fundraise for Nordoff and Robbins’ vision to open a dedicated state of the art music therapy centre for Greater Manchester – based in Salford, along with providing an annual celebration of northern music.

The first wave of names have now been revealed for the night’s performers, with Liam Fray (Courteeners), English Teacher, Antony Szmierek, and The K’s all taking to the stage.

Manchester music icon, Lisa Stansfield, will also be performing, as she collects the first ever “Northern Icon” award.

Nadra Shah, Director of Engagement and Communications, Nordoff and Robbins, commented: “The Northern Music Awards aims to celebrate the massive musical talent that continues to come out of this region and will be held annually in different Northern cities.

“We want to honour the enormous success of established artists such as the award winning and multi-million album selling Lisa Stansfield – but also spotlight emerging musicians who may not yet be recognised at a national level.

“We really want to support and help to grow the eco system of Northern musicians whilst shining a light on the transformative work we do with music therapy to connect with some of the region’s most isolated communities.”

Tickets for the award show, priced at £40, are on sale to the public now at

Find out more about the Northern Music Awards and music therapy at

*Full list of the 2024 Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards supported by Ticketmaster and Live Nation categories: 

Special Recognition Award Sponsored by SJM ConcertsMelanie C
Northern IconLisa Stansfield
Northern Music Award 2024
Sponsored by Live Nation
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by PizzaExpress Live
Antony Szmierek
English Teacher
The Goa Express
Mica Millar
The Pale White
Phoebe Green
Pip Millett
Seb Lowe
Disruptor Award Sponsored by Notion Magazine TBA
Breakthrough Act of the Year Sponsored by PPLShortlist:
The Mysterines 
The K’s  
Artist of the Year 
Sponsored by Ticketmaster  
Sam Fender  
Louis Tomlinson  
Self Esteem  
Band of the Year  
Sponsored by ASM Global  
Bring Me the Horizon  
DJ of the Year
Sponsored by
Paige Tomlinson
DJ Woody
Favourite Festival of the Year 
Sponsored by The Manc 
Longlist – winner chosen by the public:
Beatherder Lancashire  
Blue Dot Cheshire  
Confessional Blackburn
North Deer Shed Yorkshire 
Get Together Sheffield
Highest Point Lancaster#
Kendal Calling Cumbria 
Leeds Festival 
Lindisfarne Northumberland
Long Division Wakefield 
Lytham Festival  
Manchester Pride
Moovin Stockport
Neighbourhood Weekender Warrington 
Parklife Manchester  
Right to Roam, Bolton
Sounds Of The Other City Salford  
Sound City Liverpool 
Tramlines Sheffield
Inspirational Venue of the Year (under 500) 
Sponsored by Skiddle  
Shortlist:Brudenell Social Club – LeedsFuture Yard – BirkenheadNight and Day – Manchester
Trades – Hebden Bridge
Yes – Manchester
Inspirational Venue of the Year (under 2,000) 
Sponsored by Skiddle 
Albert Hall – Manchester
Band on the Wall – Manchester
Barbican – York
City Hall – Newcastle
New Century Hall – Manchester
Music Moment of the Year 
Sponsored by Raymond Weil
TBA on the night
Industry Icon
Sponsored by Tysers Live
Michael Adex, NQ
Music and Culture for Wellbeing Award
Supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority
TBA on the night

The Hyatt Hotel Manchester and XS Manchester are supporting partners of the Northern Music Awards.

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