15th Nov, 2018

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: 2017 awards

Editorial Correspondent 2nd Jan, 2018 Updated: 2nd Jan, 2018

Here’s Pete Chambers’ end-of-year awards

Outstanding Contribution to Local Music Award- Vince Holliday

Long overdue, but 2017’s Outstanding Contribution to Local Music Award goes to Vince Holliday. How’s this for a career span.. Vince fronted one of Coventry’s first Rock n Roll bands The Vampires back in the late fifties. He moved over to Friars Promotions in the early sixties, bringing many bands and stars to the area. Despite less-than-perfect health, he continues to promote music in the city including the many ‘Call Up The Groups’  sixties get-togethers and his beloved Phoenix Rock n Roll band. This man has done it all, massive respect.

Best Local Band Award- The Army of Skanks

Best Local Band Award goes to one of the city’s most original units, The Army of Skanks. Once a rather nifty tribute band, they have become an exciting prospect for the future. They stormed it at this year’s Godiva. Their sound fits perfectly with their look, and the new material is powerful and strong. Vocalist Jess is taking time out right now as Mollie Cule is standing in on vocal duties. Both ladies rock, and it seems nothing can hold this band back.

Best Local Single – I Want More – Go Primitive

Great musicianship, spot-on vocals all wrapped up with a superb production, that’s what my review said, and I stand by that. When asked who I think is the area’s next big thing, it’s this band I mention. 2018 could be the year.

Best Local Album – Alternative Sounds 1-Various Artists

Yes it’s on our label, but there can be no ignoring the mass of talent included in this 21 track sampler of what the area has to offer – City of Culture, City of Music. Just some of the artists include Roddy Radiation and The Skabilly Rebels, The Primitives, Reluctant Stereotypes, Lieutenant Pigeon, Gods Toys and The Shapes.

Best Event -Winning City of Culture 2021

Really eclipses everything, this will probably stand as the most important event in our city, since Cofa planted his tree. Already, the vibe in the city has changed, as the talk is about the future not the past so much. Yes, Coventry does have a bright future, and we are all part of it.

Best Live Show Award – Panjabi MC at Godiva

Panjabi MC stole Godiva. The Rhythm tent went wild as his crazy delightful Bhangra filled the air. I couldn’t get the smile off my face, and neither could the other 4,000 people. A Coventry legend at his best.

Breakthrough Award – TH Noah

Never thought I would say it, but hurrah for the return of the angry young man. Noah has a beautifully stark vocal delivery, where his heartfelt lyrics blend perfectly with his looped guitar sound. When he’s on the stage, all eyes are definitely on him. So proud he is our Artist of The Month.

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