Manic Street Preachers, Gruff Rhys and Boy Azooga are among the nominees for this year’s Welsh Music Prize. The ceremony will take place at Cardiff’s Coal Exchange on 7 November and will champion the best that Welsh music has to offer.
The Welsh Music Prize is made up of 12 nominees but unlike the dreary vanilla list that made up this year’s Mercury Prize, actually champions diversity and music that likes to take a risk. Which is as it should be.
So who else is in the running? Somewhat interestingly for an award that champions Welsh language releases, the Welsh Music Prize has given the nod to Gwenno’s ace second solo album, Le Kov, which is sung in Cornish. Given that she won the Welsh Music Prize in 2015 for her debut album, Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno will prove to be a strong contender.
Elsewhere on the list is the indie rock of Bryde’s Like An Island and Trunks by Seazoo, while the post-rock of Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brook’s Pontvane is also given the nod.
Aberystwyth trio Mellt should also be in with a shout. Their debut album, Mae’n Hawdd Pan Ti’n Ifanc, scooped the Welsh language Album Of The Award gong at this year’s National Eisteddfod.
Speaking of this year’s awards, co-founder and Radio 1 DJ Hew Stephens explained: "It’s another eclectic and electrifying nominations list that the jurors have put forward. The judges will now listen to the twelve excellent albums and decide on a winner. These albums have found audiences worldwide, the musicians are incredible talented ambassadors for Wales and this year’s Welsh Music Prize proves that creativity in music from Wales is at an all time high.”
The nominees for the Welsh Music Prize 2018 are:
Astroid Boys – Broke
Boy Azooga - 1, 2, Kung Fu
Bryde - Like an Island
Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brooks – Pontvane
Alex Dingley - Beat the Babble
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – Soar
Gwenno - Le Kov
Toby Hay - The Longest Day
Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile
Mellt - Mae’n Hawdd Pan Ti’n Ifanc
Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg
Seazoo – Trunks