Line-up announced ahead of Northern Music Awards held in Manchester

A star-studded lineup of Northern performers has just been announced to play at the first-ever Northern Music Awards at Manchester’s Albert Hall. 

Performances on the night will come from esteemed musical talent, such as an acoustic set from the Courteeners frontman Liam Fray, Warrington’s hottest emerging talent, The K’s and Leeds’ rising stars, English Teacher.

Legendary Rochdale singer, songwriter and actor Lisa Stansfield will be crowned the ‘Northern Icon’ and will be celebrating her win with a unique stripped-back set at the award show. 

The event is set to be held at Manchester’s Albert Hall on Tuesday 23rd April after it was previously meant to take place in November at the Aviva Studios. 

Tickets for the award show go on sale today, 15th February, for £40 and can be purchased here.

Upon being awarded ‘Northern Icon’, Lisa Stansfield said: “Music and singing are in my blood as much as being a proud Mancunian, so to be named Northern Icon at the first ever Northern Music Awards is an immense privilege.

“I’m incredibly proud to support Nordoff and Robbins to raise money for a new music therapy centre for the people of Greater Manchester.” 

On the back of the ticket sale, further nominations for the categories have been released, where the Courteeners have been nominated for Band of the Year alongside fellow Mancunian starlets Blossoms and Sheffield rockers Bring Me The Horizon. 

Warrington band The K’s will be performing at the Northern Music Awards following their nomination for Breakthrough Act of the Year.

Fray said: “It’s a huge honour to be performing at the first Northern Music Awards, not only to help celebrate the incredible music talent that continues to come out of the North but to raise awareness of the work Nordoff and Robbins do with music therapy, using the power of music to help people connect and communicate.”

The Artist of the Year category sees Sam Fender, Louis Tomlinson, and Self Esteem included, and nominated for the DJ of the Year sees Paige Tomlinson, DJ Woody, as well as Manchester disk jockeys, Djinn and DJ Paulette.

The inaugural Northern Music Awards is being brought to the region by the largest music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins, to champion and celebrate the breadth of talent across the North of England.

The show will help fundraise for a new Nordoff and Robbins music therapy centre in Salford and will start an annual event held in a different Northern City. 

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