A new award celebrating the diverse, influential and yet often unsung figures in the UK independent music scene, named INDIE50, has been launched by WeGotTickets. After a public nomination phase earlier this year, the list was whittled down to 50 by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Pitchfork writer Laura Snapes.
In the list are influential figures like Eat Your Own Ears & Field Day founder Tom Baker and the woman responsible for booking Sheffield’s immense Tramlines festival, Kate Hewett. SBTV head honcho Jamal Edwards, NTS founder Femi Adeymi and Nathan Clark, who’s behind Leeds’ famous Brudenell Social Club, also feature.
Oh yeah, and of course our very own Big Jeff Johns is in there.
Dave Newton, co-founder of WeGotTickets (who are behind the award) said : “We started out in 2000 as a small ticketing company working on local gigs in Oxford. We now work with thousands of venues and promoters across the UK, and we’ve seen first hand, time and time again, the effect that certain individuals can have on a local scene. INDIE50 is all about celebrating those people and giving them some recognition on a national level.”
To accompany the list, a special photography exhibition of all on the list is being held from 1-8 September at 71a Gallery in London. To cap it all off, a limited edition ‘zine is also being produced to showcase the brilliant work of the 50 even further.
Check out the full list here.