Indie music honoured at London ceremony, with The Prodigy, Adele and Django Django also winning
Michael Baggs
14:29 30th October 2012

Bands including Alt-J, Django Django, Enter Shikari and The Prodigy were among the winners at the second annual Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards, held last night in London.

The ceremony, which celebrates the best in independent music, took place at The Brewery, Clerkenwell in London last night, and played host to huge names on the indie scene.

Enter Shikari were awarded one of the night's biggest awards, taking home the Independent Album Of The Year Award, while Mercury Nominees Alt-J won Independent Breakthrough.

Alt-J today revealed plans to get 'very drunk' at the Mercury Music Prize awards, although their state of sobriety at the AIM event is yet to be confirmed.

The Prodigy won Best Live Act and First Aid Kit took home the Best Difficult Second Album Award for The Lion's Roar.


Alt-J have perhaps warmed up for a Mercury win with their AIM success

"This list of winners is like no other, and truly reflects the breadth of talent and diversity in the independent sector," said Alison Wenham, CEO of the Association of Independent Music, reports The Guardian.

Record label 4AD won Independent Label Of The Year for their work with Twin Shadow, Purity Ring and Grimes, among others.

The full list of winners is below.

Best live act (voted for by visitors to the-fly.co.uk) - The Prodigy
Independent breakthrough of the year - Alt-J
Hardest working band or artist - 65daysofstatic
Best difficult second album - First Aid Kit, The Lion's Roar
Independent album of the year - Enter Shikari, A Flash Flood of Colour
Best small label - Black Butter Records
Genre spotlight award - Wiley, Evolve or Be Extinct
Independent entrepreneur of the year - Simon Raymonde, Bella Union
PPL award for most played independent act - Adele
Special catalogue release of the year - The 13th Floor Elevators, Music of the Spheres
Independent label of the year - 4AD
Indie champion award - Ian Evans, IME Music
Best independent festival (voted for by visitors to thisisfakediy.com) - LeeFest
Outstanding contribution to music - Edwyn Collins Pioneer award - Daniel Miller, Mute

Photos: a brief history of The Prodigy - from limited EP to 2012 live return

From one limited EP to December's live shows...

  • 1991 - What Evil Lurks EP: The first release from unknown band The Prodigy, a three man electronic music act from Essex. Only 7000 copies were made of the four song EP. History was made.

  • 1991 - 'Charly': The first real hit single for the band, it got to number 3 in the UK Singles Chart and has gone down in legend as a rave anthem.

  • 1994 - Music for the Jilted Generation: The Prodigy's second album and their first to reach No.1 in the UK chart.

  • 1995 - Glastonbury Festival: "Glastonbury - are you ready to rock," screamed Keith. Described as one of the greatest Glasto performances ever, their set on the NME Stage was a special one for all involved.

  • 1996 - Firestarter: Liam said of the record it was "a major turning point...I knew then it was original, that I had achieved something." The video also revealed the infamous transformation of Keith Flint and angered Christians and parents the world over.

  • 1997 - 'Smack My Bitch Up' Video Controversy: The unedited version included heroin use, a hit and run incident, fights with men, abuse of women, and a full sex scene. It was banned by the BBC and was voted as the "Most Controversial Video" in MTV's history in 2002.

  • 2002 - 2004 - An unsuccessful return: After three years away from playing live or releasing any new material, The Prodigy released the single 'Baby's Got Temper' in 2002 and 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' in 2004. Despite the album charting at No.1, the comeback was not nearly as successful as many thought it would be.

  • 2009 - Invaders Must Die - the successful return: To comeback again was quite a task, luckily with the album again reaching Number 1 in the UK the album produced hits like 'Omen' and 'Take Me to the Hospital.' The reviews were good and The Prodigy were back. Anyone who saw their subsequent sets at Reading and Leeds festivals also witnessed an out-of-body experience of awesomeness.

  • 2010 - Warriors Dance Festival: The Prodigy have played their biggest ever headline gig in front of 65,000 fans at the Milton Keynes National Bowl. It was EPIC.

  • 2012 - 'Brixton Warriors: End of the World Extravaganza.': The Prodigy put on a real treat for fans with two special shows at Brixton Academy in 2012. With the band celebrating the 15th anniversary of 'Fat of the Land' and a headline performance at Download, it was an incredible and exciting year for the band.

  • 2013 - The Future: The rave-rock heroes debuted new track 'The Day' at Warrior's Brixton last year and 'Rockweiler' at Rock am Ring 2013. Both sounded pretty mean and beefy. With an incredible line-up that includes Jaguar Skills, Shy FX and Caspa at their upcoming December dates and Warehouse Project shows, it's clear that they're back and mean business. Expect awesome new material just around the corner.


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