Waterford band shortlisted for RTÉ Choice Music Prize 'album of the year'

Waterford band shortlisted for RTÉ Choice Music Prize 'album of the year'

Waterford band shortlisted for RTÉ Choice Music Prize 'album of the year'

Waterford band O Emperor have been shortlisted for this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2018, in association with IMRO & IRMA.

The list was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton-Lea, chairman of the judging panel, with O Emperor inclded for their record, 'Jason.'

The shortlist is as follows:

The Academic - Tales From The Backseat (ROOM6 Records)
Delorentos - True Surrender (Delo Records)
Just Mustard – Wednesday (Pizza Pizza Records)
Kojaque - Deli Daydreams (Soft Boy Records)
O Emperor - Jason (Big Skin Records)
Lisa O’Neill - Heard A Long Gone Song (River Lea Recordings)
Saint Sister - Shape Of Silence (Trout Records)
Rejjie Snow - Dear Annie (BMG)
Villagers - The Art Of Pretending To Swim (Domino Recording Co)
Wyvern Lingo - Wyvern Lingo (Ruby Works)

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight.  

Dave Fanning will also chat to Tony Clayton-Lea about the album shortlist on his weekend show this Saturday from 9.00 – 11.00am on RTÉ 2FM. 

The shortlisted albums can be enjoyed in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website and on   

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday, March 7, and broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show from 7-11pm. A special television programme of the event will be broadcast shortly afterwards on RTÉ2.

The 14th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.

This year RTÉ Choice Music Prize also partnered with Yangaroo Music Ireland who have provided all eligible artists with a simple, free method of instant delivery of a digital copy of their eligible album directly to the Irish Album of the Year judging panel.  

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 7. First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of overseas delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and will also take place on March 7.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from priced €28.00 including booking fee.

Stay up-to-date with the latest RTÉ Choice Music Prize news by following @choiceprize, @rte2fm, @rte and @rte2 on Twitter and Facebook and @explorerte and @rte2fm on Instagram using #rtechoiceprize. 

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