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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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Track Review: Me and The Moon – It’s Alright

Me and The Moon are back with their new single It’s Alright and it’s a quality indie pop tune!

The band consists of Tamara Grzegorzek (vocals), Jonny Elstone (guitar) and Alex Archer (drums), and have been together since mid-2015. Since then, they’ve released a debut EP and several singles, as well as supporting other upcoming bands like Flyte and Marscians.

The new track It’s Alright kicks off with a sticky guitar riff, punchy drums and Grzegorzek’s soothing, reassuring vocals which compliment each other throughout.

The Guildford-based trio weave through the verse before tackling a mammoth of a chorus, filled with erupting, gorgeous synths and ever-stunning vocals and harmonies.

MATM like to combine their upbeat indie-pop sound with more downbeat lyrical content, and it’s no different here with the lead singing about internal conflicts, and it well and truly pays off.

It’s Alright is a confident, bright and compelling indie-pop track, made even better with the strong, emotive vocals from Grzegorzek.

Me and The Moon are a band on the rise, and having already released two absolute bangers on DIY label My Little Empire Records, we’re excited to hear what else they conjure up in the near future!

Listen to it on SoundCloud now:

Tour dates:
21/02: Edge of the Wedge – Portsmouth
22/02: Secret Location – Sofar Sounds Colchester
27/02: The Star – Guildford
28/02: The Star – Guildford SOLD OUT
06/03: The Stag and Hounds – Bristol
07/03: Gwidhw – Cardiff
08/03: Heartbreakers – Southampton
09/03: The Rep – Ipswich
13:03: The Prince Albert – Brighton