The Divine Comedy will become the latest recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award on Saturday, November 14. To celebrate they’ll play a selection from their impressive back catalogue in the Mandela Hall after receiving the award.
The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon from Enniskillen, has been releasing music since 1990. This amounts to a magnificent body of work. Neil continues to perform internationally and composes for a variety of art forms including film, theatre, television and opera.
Stuart Bailie CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre said: “The Divine Comedy have delivered so many stunning songs and Neil Hannon writes with wit, emotion and intelligence. He continues to bring distinction to Northern Ireland and we’re so pleased that he has agreed to accept his Legend Award and to perform at the occasion.”
Neil said: “I am amazed and humbled to be receiving this honour. There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your homeland, and I’m very much looking forward to playing some songs and seeing some familiar faces at the Mandela Hall on November 14.”
Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award include
Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012)
Stiff Little Fingers (2011)
The Undertones (2010)
Henry McCullough (2009)
Terri Hooley (2008)
The Oh Yeah Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall. Previous NI Music Prize winners are Robyn G Shiels for ‘The Blood of the Innocents’ (2014) and Foy Vance ‘Joy Of Nothing’ (2013).
The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast which will take place in November.
Tickets, £12 are available online here