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Robocobra Quartet win album of the year at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2022

Robocobra Quartet win album of the year at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2022

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The Northern Ireland Music Prize took place last night at Ulster Hall (Wednesday November 16th) and handed out awards to for best NI album, live artist and single.

The event also honoured the legacy of Barry Devlin with the Legend award. Devlin performed with his band Horslips members Jim Lockhart, Ray Fean and Fiach Moriarty.

The NI album of the year went to Robocobra Quartet for their excellent album Living Isn’t Easy. Song of the year went to Ferna and ‘Wasting’ while the best live act went to Junk Drawer, by public vote.

Junk Drawer also won for Best Music Video for ‘Railroad King’, while The Florentinas were chosen as BBC ATL Artist of the Year.

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music was presented to
Sheridan Tongue.

There were performances on the night from SOAK, Leo Miyagee, Robocobra Quartet, Rory Nellis, Cherym & Dea Matrona, who were previous winners of BBC ALT Contender Award 2021.

You can listen back to the live event on BBC NI

The NI Music Prize is an annual recognition of new and outstanding musical talent from Northern Ireland.

It was supported by Belfast City Council, YouTube Music, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Tourism Northern Ireland, PPL, PRS for Music, Shine Promotions, Bushmills.

The NI Music Prize is coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and was established to celebrate and promote the rich and diverse home grown, world-class music of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The event takes place during the Sound of Belfast festival, an annual 10-day showcase of the music of the city, from grassroots acts to celebrated names.

Sound of Belfast is dedicated to celebrating the tireless efforts of local musicians, promoters, industry, community, media, supporters and audiences – this passion combined is what makes Belfast a great music city. It takes place 10th – 20th November 2022.