Meteor prize shortlist announced
THE Cast of Cheers and Two Door Cinema Club are among the acts shortlisted for one of Ireland's most prestigious music prizes.
A diverse range of 10 singer-songwriters and bands will battle it out for this year's Meteor Choice Music Prize, to be announced in the spring.
Dublin four-piece The Cast of Cheers have been nominated for their album Family while Bangor indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club were selected fo their long player Beacon.
In contention with them is Wallis Bird, for her self-titled album, Adrian Crowley for I See Three Birds Flying, Delorentos with Little Sparks, Damien Dempsey's Almighty Love and Julie Feeney's Clocks.
Also in the mix for the 10,000 euro prize fund is indie folk duo Heathers' latest offering Kingdom, Mumblin Deaf Ro's Dictionary Crimes and the Windings release I Am Not The Crow.
Lisa Comerford, Meteor's head of brand and communications, said the shortlist demonstrates the breadth and depth of talent in Ireland.
"We're really passionate about supporting great music and can't wait to announce this year's winner at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event in March," she added.
The much sought after award is selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
The overall winning album of the year will be revealed live at an event in Vicar St in Dublin on March 7.
The cash prize is put up by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).