Splendour Festival, Rescue Rooms and Pales Waves at Dot to Dot Finalists in National Music Industry Awards
DHP Family’s venues, festivals, shows and staff are among the cream of the live music sector to have been named as finalists in this year’s national industry awards organised by Live UK.
Rescue Rooms makes the final three of the venues under 800 capacity having celebrated its 15th birthday last year with BBC 6 Music DJ and champion of independent venues Steve Lamacq returning to play a special set. Opened by DHP Family in 2003 as a place to host cutting edge live music, the venue has been described as a ‘jewel in the crown’ of Nottingham’s live music and is an important destination on the touring circuit for emerging acts.
General manager Nick Walters said: “Really pleased to have been nominated for such a cool award, especially during our 15th Anniversary! This shows that independent venues are here to stay and are part of our DNA to promote new music and acts. Big thanks to everybody who makes Rescue Rooms the place it is and everybody who visits it.”
The promoter’s multi-venue festival Dot to Dot is in the running for Best Festival Appearance by Pale Waves following sets in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham.
The Nottingham headquartered company is also behind the Spectacle of the Year as the promoter of American indie-rock band The War On Drugs biggest ever UK show at Alexandra Palace which delivered ‘intimacy on a grand scale’ – Guardian.
Probably one of the most popular finalists with the 400-strong DHP Family will be the news that Wai Mundia, head of concerts assistants and PA to the managing director, has been named as an Unsung Hero finalist.
DHP Family MD George Akins said: “I’m so happy to see my right arm, Wai Mundia, make the final three for unsung hero. Her impact across my whole company is incredible and I always seem to get the glory she so richly deserves. She is one of the greats, vote for her.”
Splendour is also up for Best Festival (cap 15,000-39,999) for its 10th birthday shindig headlined by Paloma Faith.
Now in its ninth year, the awards recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, tour managers, show producers, brand impact and record label partnerships.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 11th October, following the annual conference and networking event Live UK Summit.
DHP Family were big winners at last year’s Live Music Business Awards walking off with the coveted National Promoter of the Year as well as Best Venue for Rock City and are not eligible to enter these categories this year.