Today, Xfm, the station that brings you music that rocks, announces the ten shortlisted albums that are now eligible to win the Best British Debut Album of the Year at the station’s fourth consecutive Xfm New Music Award. The winner will be announced at the Xfm New Music Award gig on Wednesday 9th February at The Borderline.
Following thousands of votes from the great British public, the Xfm New Music Award shortlist comprises:
Delphic – “Acolyte”
Dinosaur Pile-Up – “Growing Pains”
Everything Everything – “Man Alive”
Fenech-Soler – “Fenech-Soler”
Hurts – “Happiness”
Kele – “The Boxer”
Marina And The Diamonds – “The Family Jewels”
Sound of Guns – “What Came From Fire”
Stornoway – “Beachcomber’s Windowsill”
Two Door Cinema Club – “Tourist History”
Selected by a panel of industry experts - including new addition Snow Patrol front-man Gary Lightbody and Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder – this year’s winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9th February.
On the same night the station presents an Xfm New Music Award gig at The Borderline in Central London. Hosted by Xfm Breakfast’s Dave Berry and a part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival, the intimate invite-only event will feature performances from Wolfgang, Romance, and Luna Belle – acts hotly tipped as potential winners for next year’s award.
Previous winners of the award are The Enemy with “We’ll Live and Die in These Towns” (2007), Glasvegas with “Glasvegas” (2008), and The xx with “XX” (2009).
The full judging panel for this year, chaired by Xfm’s Deputy Programme Director/Head of Music Mike Walsh, includes:
Andy Ashton (Xfm) Ben Cardew (Music Week)
Brett Anderson (Suede) Clint Boon (Xfm)
Craig Potter (Elbow) David Mogendorff (MTV)
Dom Howard (Muse) Dave Berry (Xfm)
Frank Turner Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
Gordon Smart (The Sun – Bizarre) John Kennedy (Xfm)
John Leckie (producer) Peter Hook (Joy Division)
Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays) Tim Burgess (The Charlatans)
Gary Warren (MD of Content and Talent at MAMA Group)
For more information, visit www.xfm.co.uk/nma
The ultimate winner will be announced on Xfm on Wednesday 9th February.