AIM Independent Music Awards nominations revealed!

After an extremely successful inaugural year, the AIM Independent Music Awards are back for 2012!

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets last year, we are moving to a bigger venue and this year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery. This fantastic venue in the heart of East London has played host to several music industry awards and we think it’ll be a perfect home for the AIM Independent Music Awards.

There are also some new additions to our esteemed judging panel! Welcome to Ben Patashnik (Rock Sound), Luke Turner (The Quietus), Ras Kwame (Broadcaster/Producer/DJ), Gary Bones (BBC Radio 2) & Malcolm Hayes (Glastonbury Dance Village). For a full list of our judges please visit our judges page here.

The awards will again be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Steve Lamacq (or the self professed ‘indie Ant & Dec’) after a fantastic turn presenting the 2011 ceremony.

“I’m delighted to be co-hosting the awards again after its inception last year. It really was a bit special being in a room with so many influential independent label bosses, including people like Martin Mills and Geoff Travis who put out so many of the records I bought as a teenager. What last year proved is that the AIM Awards does a variety of things. It raises the profile of the indie sector – but it’s also very valuable in bringing indie label heads together for a night to swap advice and discuss the future. And on top of that it’s terrific to mark some of the achievements of the musicians and labels who’ve excelled in their field.”
– Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music & Radio 2 Presenter & AIM Awards host

After careful deliberation from our esteemed judging panel and public voting which saw more than 12,000 people register their votes, we finally have our nominees! Congratulations to all of the bands, artists, festivals, labels and industry figures nominated. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 29th October 2012.

BEST LIVE ACT
The Cribs
Dub Pistols
Enter Shikari
Frank Turner
The Prodigy

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
Alabama Shakes
Alt-J
Django Django
Grimes
Poliça

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST
65daysofstatic
Cancer Bats
Enter Shikari
Frank Turner
Skinny Lister

BEST ‘DIFFICULT’ SECOND ALBUM
Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
Speech Debelle – Freedom of Speech
The Invisible – Rispah
The Skints – Part & Parcel

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour
Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
Liars – Wixiw
Rustie – Glass Swords

BEST SMALL LABEL
Alcopop! Records
Black Butter Records
Brainfeeder
Pink Mist
Xtra Mile Recordings

GENRE SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Broadcaster feat. Peggy Seeger – Folksploitation
Lorn – Ask The Dust
Neil Cowley Trio – The Face of Mount Molehill
Netsky – 2
Wiley – Evolve Or Be Extinct

INDEPENDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Alex di Savoia – Aardvark Records
Chris Goss / Tony Colman / Tom Kelsey – Hospital Records
Louis Barabbas – Debt Records
Sam Dyson – Distiller Records
Simon Raymonde – Bella Union

PPL AWARD FOR MOST PLAYED INDEPENDENT ACT
Adele
Arctic Monkeys
Caro Emerald
Madness
Travis

SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Amon Tobin – Amon Tobin
Madness – A Guided Tour of Madness
Can – The Lost Tapes
The 13th Floor Elevators – Music Of The Spheres
Various Artists – The Original Sounds of Cumbia

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR
4AD
Bella Union
Hospital Records
Hyperdub
Ninja Tune

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD
Olli Dutton – Obscene Strategies
Ian Evans – IME Music
Steve Lamacq – BBC 6music
Katie Parsons – Kerrang!
Shell Zenner – Amazing Radio

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL
Bearded Theory
In The Woods Festival
Leefest
Truck Festival
Y Not Festival