Digital Socket Awards: Shortlist Announced

February 3rd is the date for the inaugural Digital Socket Awards, celebrating all that is good and amazing in the Irish music Scene and what stood out in 2010.  I’m extremely chuffed and honoured to be one of the 26 judges.

The shortlists for all 14 categories were announced today and well as some details about the event itself. Music on the night will be provided by two brilliant acts, Groom and Meljoann, who themselves had a great 2010. MC for the night will be comedian Gareth Stack.

There will also be two very special guests, one will be announced soon, the other.. you’ll have to turn up on the night to find out..

A limited number of tickets are available with proceeds going to Aware..

Here are the full shortlists: 

Best Design (Website, Artwork, Posters)
Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)
O Emperor – Hither Thither

Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Best Independent Label
Any Other City
Osaka Records
Out On A Limb
Popical Island

Richter Collective

Best Video
Ambience Affair – Devil in detail
BATS – Star Wormwood
Cathy Davey – Little Red
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Contact Sports
Rubberbandits – Horse Outside

Best Music Photography
Kieran Frost
Ruth Medjber
Alessio Michelini
Loreana Rushe

Best Radio Show
Alison Curtis
Donal Dineen – The Small Hours
I-con Phanotm FM
Paul McLoone
Right Click 2XM

Best Pop
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood
Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner
So Cow – Meaningless Friendly
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Best Folk
Simon Fagan – Outside Looking In
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
O Emperor – Hither Thither
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Best Rock and Alternative
Adebisi Shank – This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called…
Enemies – We’ve Been Talking
Jogging – Minutes
Redneck Manifesto – Friendship
Thread Pulls – New Thoughts

Best Electronic & Hip Hop
Meljoann – Squick
Not Squares – Yeah OK
R.S.A.G. – Be It Right or Wrong
Shit Robot – From The Cradle To The Rave
Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

Best Indie
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Grand Pocket Orchestra – The Ice Cream
Groom – Marriage
Ham Sandwich – White Fox
Jogging – Minutes

Best EP
The Ambience Affair -Patterns
And So I Watch You From Afar – The Letters
Angkorwat– Early..
The Holy Roman Army – Desecrations
Sacred Animals – Welcome Home

Best Newcomer.
The Cast Of Cheers
Jennifer Evans
Hipster Youth
James Vincent McMorrow
Solar Bears

Song of the Year
Adebisi Shank – Genki Shank
The Cast Of Cheers – I Am Lion
Cathy Davey – Little Red
Squarehead – Fake Blood
Villagers – The Meaning of the Ritual

Album of the Year
Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album
The Cast Of Cheers – Chariot
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Really looking forward to February 3rd. Should be a fantastic night.