Ash will be presented with the Oh Yeah Legend Award at this year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize in Mandela Hall on November 11.

The Downpatrick act will also play their ‘1977’ album at the end of the evening to mark its 20th anniversary.

Ahead of the live awards event, the shortlist of 12 albums has been announced for the Northern Ireland Music Prize in association with Blue Moon.

The shortlisted acts are:

The Bonnevilles – Arrow Pierce My Heart

Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In

David C Clements – The Longest Day In History

Documenta – Drone Pop #1

exmagician – Scan The Blue

Foy Vance – The Wild Swan

Girls Names – Arms Around A Vision

Jealous of the Birds – Parma Violets

Michael Mormecha – LOFi LiFE

Ports – The Devil Is A Songbird

Ryan Vail – For Every Silence

Sea Pinks – Soft Days

The NI Music Prize in association with Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The event will feature live music on the night from Ports, Jealous Of The Birds and Girls Names.

Previous winners are:

2015: SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream

2014: Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents 

2013: Foy Vance – Joy Of Nothing

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre said: “The last 12 months have seen so many outstanding records from Northern Ireland. Some of our favourite acts are in there but importantly there are quite a few debut albums also. Our music community is clearly in good health and this is set to be another rousing celebration.”

Tickets are available online at

This event will feature during the closing weekend of the Sound of Belfast, programme, November 3-12.

Blue Moon Craft Beer is set to become the Live Music Sponsor of the Sound of Belfast festival that takes place across the city.

Now in its third year, Sound of Belfast has become a focal point for the music scene in Northern Ireland, attracting over 8,000 people into the city each November to experience the best of local music. Co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Sound of Belfast is a sustained, celebration of an iconic music city – a mixture of live performance, awards, learning and community.

Sound of Belfast 2016 will feature over 28 events in eight venues, including Oh Yeah, Voodoo, The Empire, The Eglantine Inn, The MAC, The Mandela Hall and The Elmwood Hall. With the help of Blue Moon, the scale and ambition of the programme has grown considerably.

Ryan McFarland, Northern Ireland Director at Molson Coors, brewer of Blue Moon Craft Beer, said: “As is evident by the twelve shortlisted albums, the music scene in Northern Ireland is undeniably in rude health. As an international brand renowned for its creativity and artistry in brewing we are proud to sponsor the Sound of Belfast Festival and support true home grown talent. Blue Moon has been warmly welcomed in Northern Ireland since it launched, and firmly believe that the shortlisted acts, as well as all the participants in the Sound of Belfast festival, will be equally warmly received as they export their craft to international audiences.”

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