Sponsor Spotlight – PMT House of Rock

Sponsor Spotlight – PMT House of Rock

The music store is a vital part of a musician’s life. It’s where they start their careers, purchasing their first instrument, and it’s there in their times of need when they need it most. PMT (aka Professional Music Technology) is a store with multiple locations across the UK as well as being an online store that caters to the needs of musicians, sound engineers and producers as well as many others.

PMT is also present in Cardiff, on St Mary’s Street, and has now sponsored the music awards for all three years. This year they showcased the awards on their website […] Read more

Judging Panel 2019

Judging Panel 2019

Judges balance out the “popular vote” by providing industry insight into the Cardiff music scene. They are not allowed to nominate or vote for any act, person or organisation they are themselves involved in or with.

All past finalists and judges were asked if they would like to participate as judges and some new judges were added due to their contribution to the Cardiff Music Scene either by contacting us or vice versa. A public call was put out to build the judging panel.

Judges for this year were:

Adam WhitmorePromoter, Tour ManagerAdam WilliamsPromoterAled RheonMusicianAmanda ThomasOxjam Manager ’14 (previous judge)Benji WildMusicianBeth ElfynRadio DJBill […] Read more

Buzz Magazine Interview

Buzz Magazine Interview

This month, founder & director of Cardiff Music Awards Ed Townend was interviewed by sponsors for the awards in all three years Buzz Magazine.

Buzz Magazine continues to be Wales’ premier culture magazine, with extensive listings, previews and reviews of everything important throughout the country.

You can read the full interview with Ed below:

So, it’s the fourth year of the Cardiff Music Awards, how are you finding it?Great! I think the first two years were exciting, a new thing both times (2015 the concept, 2017 the ceremony itself) and then last year was slightly tougher, trying to maintain that momentum. […] Read more

Sponsor Spotlight – University Of South Wales

Sponsor Spotlight – University Of South Wales

Since 2017 we have been working with the University of South Wales to provide marketing and events experiences to their students who work alongside us as interns at the Cardiff Music Awards

Lucy Squire, who is head of the Music & Sound courses at USW, says of the awards: “The Cardiff Music Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate talent & shout about it to the world. The opportunity to gain experience with the awards has been a starting point for many student careers in event management and the live industry”.

In our first year we worked with Connie Rivera (pictured above), who […] Read more

Outstanding Contribution of the Year 2019 Announcement

Outstanding Contribution of the Year 2019 Announcement

A music scene is an ecosystem, change just one part and the whole thing is affected.

We live in a time where people power seems more present than ever. As it becomes easier to report on and share what we hold important in our lives, it is easier now to grow our movements.

In December 2018, it was announced that Guildford Crescent was to be re-developed and three of its buildings were to be demolished. This little corner of Wales’ capital city was home to three businesses: Madeira Restaurant, Thai House and the music venue Gwdihŵ. The outrage was immediate within Cardiff […] Read more

Concrete Junglists – Sponsor Spotlight

Concrete Junglists – Sponsor Spotlight

This year we are proud to announce that Concrete Junglists are a sponsor of our 2019 awards ceremony!

On the surface Concrete Junglists look like an independent urban apparel company. However there is much more to them than meets the eye. The company’s founder & designer, Dave Shaw (you may know him as DroneBoy), has a long standing history with the music scene in Cardiff.

Over fifteen years ago, Shaw began hosting drum’n’bass nights in Cardiff bars alongside two of his friends, DJ Tru & High Contrast. Shaw’s role in the club nights soon shifted from DJing to graphic design & promotion […] Read more

Past Winners – Where are they now?

Past Winners – Where are they now?

In 2018 the Cardiff music scene was dealt another massive blow with more closures of popular gigging venues such as Buffalo and Gwdihw Café. However, the past year hasn’t just been fraught with bad news. Over the past year we have seen a meteoric rise in the number of new musical talent cropping up throughout the Welsh capital.

Today we are taking a look at what our 2018 award winners have been up to in recent months.

Holding Absence

Above – Photo credit: Bethan Miller Co.

At our 2018 awards ceremony, Holding Absence bagged the award for the Best […] Read more

Ladies of Rage – Partnership Announcement

Ladies of Rage – Partnership Announcement

As you might already be aware, today is International Women’s Day! It’s a day that celebrates the momentous achievements that women have made throughout history to achieve gender equality. On this day, we have the pleasure to announce that we have partnered with an organisation that dedicated to helping young women find a foothold in the music scene. We give you: Ladies of Rage.

In case you didn’t know, Ladies of Rage is an online platform. Their aim is to help and support women working in the music industry in genres where women have historically been underrepresented. This includes genres […] Read more

Jack Arts – Sponsor Spotlight

Jack Arts – Sponsor Spotlight

For the third year running, we are excited to announce Jack Arts as one of our sponsors!

We walk past hundreds of billboards, adverts and posters in Cardiff everyday, but have you ever wondered who’s behind them? Well, wonder no more because its more than likely to be the work of Jack Arts.

Jack Arts may have an office situated in Cardiff, but you can see their work in cities across the UK. They are known for creating impressive out-of-home marketing campaigns, from huge murals and installations to impressive posters. It’s clear to see that with over 25 years’ […] Read more

Cymraeg Byd Busnes – Sponsor Spotlight

Cymraeg Byd Busnes – Sponsor Spotlight

Happy Saint David’s Day Everyone!

It is on the day that celebrates all things Welsh, that we have the pleasure to announce that we have a new partnership for our 2019 ceremony, and we think you’ll be ecstatic about it!

Following last years ceremony, we received feedback requesting that we make our organisation embody more of the Welsh culture and language. Although we could’ve stopped after our fantastic new logo was designed, we decided to continue. We needed to do more to promote the Welsh language in our awards ceremony as well.

It is because of all our feedback that […] Read more