(Frank Turner pictured picked up two awards.)

Tonight saw the first ever AIM (Association of Independent Music) Independent Music Awards in London. The UK’s independent music sector is home to some of the greatest artists in the world (Adele/Arctic Monkeys to name just two). So. As an independent blogger I was honored to receive an invite to the awards show to celebrate the achievements of some of the top independent music industry players. I caught up with Beardyman and Indie Champion Award winner John Robb for some motivational chat..

The full list of award winners:

Best Difficult Second Album

’21’ – Adele (XL Recordings)

Catalogue Release of the Year (in association with Rovi)

‘Matador at 21’ – Various Artists – Matador Records

Best Small Label (in association with Sound Performance)

Stolen Recordings

Hardest Working Band or Artist (in association with Live Nation)

Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)

Innovative Marketing Campaign of the Year

Ninja Tune – ‘Ninja Tune XX’ campaign

Independent Breakthrough of the Year

SBTRKT (XL Recordings)

Indie Champion

John Robb, Louder Than War

Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (in association with AIF and Virtual Festivals)

Bearded Theory

PPL Award for Most Played Independent Artist

Adele (XL Recordings)

Best Live Act (in association with Sailor Jerry, voted for by readers of The Fly)

Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)

Pioneer Award

Laurence Bell (Domino Recording Company)

Congrats all!

Becki Bx


On Thursday night I headed down to the Strummerville Spring Sessions.. which was held in a car park in East London. Featuring a list of talented musician/bands such as The Barker Band, The Joker and the Thief, The Welcome Committee and Frank Turner (to name but a few), Strummerville is a charity that runs gigs/promotes new music and offers support to aspiring musicians. It was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer the year after his death (who was mainly known for his part in the explosive band The Clash). With the Royal Wedding heading our way, struggling unemployment figures and a government that leads with words such as ‘Big Society’.. I wanted to see what the relationship today between music and politics is.. (if any)…feel free to get involved with the debate..(politely of course..)

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