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Outstanding Contribution of The Year 2018 Announced

Outstanding Contribution of The Year 2018 Announced

After an overwhelming response during the nomination process, it was clear who would be awarded the first Outstanding Contribution award in 2018. The award replaces the Person of the Year category to recognise more than just an individual in the Cardiff music scene.

We’re happy to announce the winner of the Outstanding Contribution of the Year award in 2018 is the team behind Save Womanby Street.


A group of volunteers led by workers based on the street and music lovers in the capital came together to counter the threat to one of Cardiff’s most musical streets.

With the loss of Four Bars and Dempseys, as well […] Read more

Judging Panel For The Cardiff Music Awards

Judging Panel For The Cardiff Music Awards

Judging has now closed for the Cardiff Music Awards with just less than two weeks to go before the awards show at Tramshed Cardiff.

Judges’ votes make up half of the total voting in the awards, this is to reflect the opinion of music industry peers with insight into the scene and awareness of all the acts on offer.

The judges for the 2017 awards were:

Adam Whitmore – 2015 Nominee/Promoter/Band Manager
Amanda Thomas – Promoter
Ben Gallivan – Writer/Radio DJ/Promoter
Bethan Elfyn – Radio DJ
Bill Cummings – Writer/Editor/Radio DJ
Charlie Francis – Producer
Dani Hewitt – Promoter
Daniel O’Reilly – Promoter
Darren Warner – Radio DJ
David Owens – 2015 Nominee/Writer
Dan Nichols […] Read more

Cardiff venues under threat from new hotel

Cardiff venues under threat from new hotel

“[Ed Townend, founder and director of Cardiff Music Awards] said the release of the shortlist for the awards this month shows the quality of the music scene here.

“All these names that we put on the nomination list are fantastic examples of how Cardiff’s music scene is so strong. Not just here, but around the UK and the world.

“The only way we’re going to be able to have these acts continues is to have venues like these are who willing to put acts people have never heard of on their stages. We have Hub and Swn which are primarily based on […] Read more

Electronic Music Wales Interview

Electronic Music Wales Interview

“Every city has its story, Cardiff is no exception. It’s musical heritage can be found in the small clubs, live music venues and bars scattered around the lively centre of the Welsh capital. From cover bands to all original experimental art bands, Cardiff has a lot to offer. Sometimes it is helpful to have an indicator of what people are liking. The Cardiff Music Awards plans to do just that. Bringing together a massive list of artists and influencers.

The CMAs will be hosted at Cardiff’s mid sized venue Tramshed on 30th March. Expect an event that celebrates the sheer diversity […] Read more

How Your Finalists Were Chosen

How Your Finalists Were Chosen

So how were the finalists for the Cardiff Music Awards chosen?

Nominees were chosen based on their submission and not by popularity. They were marked against a criteria available from the time the nominations opened. This criteria was never altered and was included in the nomination form from the start. All nominees were shortlisted due to the merit of their submissions.

You can still read the criteria at bit.do/cmascriteria

Submissions were judged on their description, what made them unique in Cardiff, their achievements in 2016, their plans for 2017 and a link to their work.

Who chose the finalists?

The submissions were marked by three members of […] Read more

Cardiff Music Awards on Made In Cardiff – Interview with founder Ed Townend

Cardiff Music Awards on Made In Cardiff – Interview with founder Ed Townend

Director and Founder of the Cardiff Music Awards appeared on Made In Cardiff’s “The Lowdown” on Tuesday 31st January. He was interviewed by presenter Tom Evans as well as appearing next to many local acts including Rusty Shackle and Maddie Jones.

Ed talked about the history of the awards, the process behind it, some acts that he would recommend, his views on the scene and a bit of personal history.

Check out the two parts of the programme below!

Part One

Part Two

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