Saturday 19 April 2014

Villagers home free as 'Awayland' scoops Meteor gong

Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien accepts the Meteor Choice Music Prize

Villagers picked up the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year award for their acclaimed 'Awayland'.

Meanwhile, Dublin band the Original Rude Boys picked up Meteor Song of the Year for their single 'Never Gonna Walk Away'.

Villagers received a cheque for €10,000, provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).

Top Irish acts including Bell X1 and Little Green Cars took to the stage at the Vicar Street event, which was attended by more than 1,300 people.

Rock stars and singers, including new mum Julie Feeney, attended the pre-show party at the revamped Morrison Hotel.

"It's fantastic to have something like this to recognise Irish music talent," she told the Irish Independent.

Event organiser Dave Reid said that showcasing Irish talent was the main focus of the night.

"This event is essential for the growth of up-and-coming Irish music acts, and the success of previous winners proves that," he said.

Each of the shortlisted acts received a special award from IMRO.

Irish Independent

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