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The NMG Awards 2018

Cambridgeshire rockers Hollowstar were the big winners of this year’s NMG Awards held for the first time at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

The four-piece rockers from St Ives walked away with the Breakout and Rock awards, following on from an epic year of radio play and extensive live dates with a UK tour on the horizon.

The night kicked off with a memorable performance from newly-reformed band The Extons excellently clad in The Wizard of Oz costumes, followed by Deep City who premiered their soon-to-be released new single, folk duo Elizabeth & Jameson and heavy rock favourites False Hearts.

Fred’s House and Ellie Dixon both regained their awards from the year previous, winning in the Acoustic, Folk, Country category and Female Solo category respectively, whilst The Portland Arms won the Best Small Venue award once again.

As well as the Best Small Venue award, the public decided who won three other awards. The Audience Choice award went to new pop-punk trio Pink Lemonade, with North Acre Studios picking up Best Studio. Lauren Deakin-Davies picked up her first award of the night winning Best Producer.

In hotly-contested categories, Ffion Rebecca picked up the 18 & Under award, whilst Anthony Rubery walked away with the Male Solo award. Cambridge band Shyer not only won the Indie award, they were also inducted into the NMG Hall of Fame alongside Lunar Echoes and Saving Scarlett.

More live new music followed with stellar performances from dynamic indie group LUXURY and new solo sensations Ffion Rebecca and Gabby Rivers.

Local favourites Amethysts and Me & The Moon won their Electronic & Experimental and Pop categories respectively, whilst four-piece group Saltfen took home the Alternative award.

The last award of the evening was the Breakthrough award which was awarded for the first time ever to two recipients: Peterborough’s fast-rising indie stars Among The Citizens and art-pop soloist DIDI (who earlier won the Best Producer award).

Closing the night was 2016’s Male Solo winner Oscar Corney who got everyone off their seats with his gritty indie sounds.

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Best Of The Rest: The Releases We’ve Missed

It’s been a busy summer for us at The Music Blog 42, and we’ve missed a lot of new music! So here’s our condensed look at some of our favourite tracks of the summer!

Among The Citizens – Words Mean Nothing
After the release of Mess In The Head in May and several gigs, one of the hottest talents in the area Among The Citizens returned in late June with the indie-pop blockbuster Words Mean Nothing. With some funky instrumentals and in-your-face vocals, the band have proven why they are tipped for big things. This is easily one of our favourite tracks of this year.

BAILEY – Change
Change, the new single from ‘elevating-pop’ soloist BAILEY, is a great feel-good track with lyrics that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks. His debut single The Future was an instantly likeable number, and with Change he connects with his fans in producing a track with honest and relatable lyrics, leaving us wanting even more new music. And believe me, more new singles are on its way.

Franko Fraize (ft. Tone) – Let It Out
If you were on the lookout for a track perfect for your summer playlists, then Franko Fraize’s new track is just the one for you. Let It Out is the first release from Franko since 2017’s Side By Side, and this new track is just as good. The UK House-style instrumentals hook up well with Franko’s rapid rap verses and Tone’s chilled vocals. An EP is on its way towards the end of the year!

Anthony Rubery – Your Side
Another artist who released an awesome summer track is Cambridgeshire’s Anthony Rubery, with Your Side showing off a unique marimba-pop sound. This is arguably one of his best tracks with his sleek vocals really shining through on a track which stands out against Cambridge’s rock-heavy scene. 2018 has been a breakout year for Rubery, and more is still to come.

War Waves – Sleep
The comeback single from War Waves is a heavily emotive track with soul-bearing lyrics and a sense of maturity from a band who are at the top of their game. Their new EP Be Well is out towards the end of the year, and Sleep is a track that signals War Waves are going to be one of the most talked about bands of 2019. After their last two albums, we are expecting big things.

The Fifths – Chance It
After months of gigging and recording, The Fifths finally released their debut single in mid-July called Chance It. The track is a really bold statement from the band who have been making aname for themselves from their high-energy live shows and radio appearances on HCR FM and Cambridge 105. And with a new track set to be released in the coming weeks, The Fifths are set for a great end to the year.

 On SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST, we are holding our first gig night at The Constitutional Club with psych-rockers Sun Scream headlining, with support from BurySOUND winners Influx of Insanity, loud rock duo KULK and Cambridge’s hottest prospects God Hates Astronauts! Music starts from 7pm, £5 on the door!