From star-studded performances to the ‘Northern Icon’ award, here’s a run-down of everything you need to know about the inaugural Northern Music Awards.

It’s widely known that the North has birthed some of the country’s biggest names in music. From the likes of iconic Brit-pop band Pulp to pop whizz Ed Sheeran, and the electrifying rock energy of the Arctic Monkeys, it’s evident—to say the least—that the North has a knack for producing musical excellence. To pay homage to the rich talent pool, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins, have created The Northern Music Awards—an award ceremony to celebrate and honour the breadth of talent flourishing across the North of England


Set to shake up Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall on Tuesday 23rd April, the ornate Wesleyan chapel will hold a stellar-studded line-up of performers. Singer-songwriter and Courteeners frontman, Liam Fray will fill the hallowed halls with two acoustic ballads. Joining him is the indie quartet English Teacher, who will unleash post-punk vigour to the stage, promising an unforgettable performance. And that’s just the beginning, a plethora of other Northern acts are set to grace the stage with their artistic prowess.


Such performances promise to help fundraise Nordoff and Robbins’ work, with proceeds supporting the charity’s ambition to establish a cutting-edge music therapy centre in Greater Manchester. This centre will serve as a beacon of hope, providing transformative musical experiences that bridge connections and combat social isolation.

Amidst the various performances, the award show will boast 15 awards, including ‘Industry Icon’ as well as ‘Northern Icon’. The legendary Spice Girls member Mel C will be honoured with the ‘Special Recognition Award’, while the esteemed singer-songwriter Lisa Stansfield will be acclaimed as ‘Northern Icon’, gracing the ceremony with a celebratory stripped-back set during the night.


Other awards include ‘Newcomer of the Year’, a greatly tipped award featuring a vibrant mix of burgeoning newbies including the likes of psychedelic rock quintet, The Goa Express and Notion 92 cover star, Pip Millet. In the ‘Artist of the Year’ category three prominent figures in the scene—Sam Fender, Louis Tomlinson and Self Esteem—vie for the coveted award.

The Northern Music Awards also highlights awards like ‘Favourite Festival of the Year’ where Creamfields North and Parklife Manchester battle it out amongst the 17 other festivals hand-picked by a panel of esteemed industry professionals. Moreover, the ceremony recognises two ‘Inspirational Venue of the Year’, honouring venues like Hebden Bridge’s Trades to Leads’ Brudenell Social Club for their platforming of rising artists.


Each year, the Northern Music Award will be head to a different Northern city to honour artists, festivals, venues, and industry figures from the region. Taking place on 23rd April 2024, find out more about the awards and ticket information here.

See a full list of the 2024 Nordoff and Robbins Northern Music Awards supported by Ticketmaster and Live Nation below:


Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by SJM Concerts

Melanie C
Northern Icon Lisa Stansfield
Northern Music Award 2024

Sponsored by Live Nation

Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by PizzaExpress Live

Antony Szmierek

English Teacher

The Goa Express

Mica Millar


Otis Mensah

The Pale White

Phoebe Green

Pip Millett

Seb Lowe

Disruptor Award

Sponsored by Notion Magazine

Breakthrough Act of the Year

Sponsored by PPL


The Mysterines
The K’s  

Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Ticketmaster  

Sam Fender
Louis Tomlinson
Self Esteem  

Band of the Year

Sponsored by ASM Global


Bring Me the Horizon  

DJ of the Year

Sponsored by

Paige Tomlinson

DJ Woody


DJ Paulette

Favourite Festival of the Year

Sponsored by The Manc

Longlist – winner chosen by the public:

Beatherder Lancashire  

Blue Dot Cheshire  

Confessional Blackburn

Creamfields North  

Deer Shed Yorkshire 

Get Together Sheffield

Highest Point Lancaster

Kendal Calling Cumbria 

Leeds Festival 

Lindisfarne Northumberland 

Long Division Wakefield 

Lytham Festival  

Manchester Pride

Moovin Stockport

Neighbourhood Warrington 

Parklife Manchester  

Right to Roam, Bolton

Sounds Of The Other City Salford  

Sound City Liverpool 

TramLines Sheffield

Inspirational Venue of the Year (under 500)

Sponsored by Skiddle  


Brudenell Social Club – Leeds

Future Yard – Birkenhead

Night and Day – Manchester
Trades – Hebden Bridge
Yes – Manchester

Inspirational Venue of the Year (under 2,000)

Sponsored by Skiddle 


Albert Hall – Manchester

Band on the Wall – Manchester
Barbican – York
City Hall – Newcastle
New Century Hall – Manchester

Music Moment of the Year

Sponsored by Raymond Weil

TBA on the night
Industry Icon

Sponsored by Tysers Live

Michael Adex, NQ
Music and Culture for Wellbeing Award

Supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

TBA on the night

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