Adwaith win the Welsh Music Prize 2019
A University of South Wales (USW) student has been announced as the winner of the Welsh Music Prize 2019, with her band Adwaith.
announced as the winners with their album, Melyn during the award
ceremony at The Coal Exchange last night (Wednesday 27 November).
A panel of
industry experts deliberated over the shortlist of twelve albums.
Lucy Squire, Academic Subject Manager for Music and Sound
at USW, said: “We are thrilled for second
year BA Popular & Commercial Music student Hollie Singer, and her band
Adwaith, winning the Welsh Music Prize 2019 with their album Melyn. The prize
is a worthy testament to this talented, exciting young band who have worked
hard to make things happen.
“A huge amount of thanks is
also due to the USW BA Popular music tutors, BBC Horizons Project, Producer
Steffan Pringle, Libertino Records and Welsh Music Prize for their support.
What a result!"
The win comes
fresh off the back of Adwaith playing M in Montreal this week. In their
acceptance speech they said: “This is so insane! Thank you to everyone that
bought the album, and everyone that has helped us and supported us.”
Announcing their win, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens said the album was “a very exciting and deserved winner from an exceptional shortlist. Adwaith have made a real impact with their personal, beautiful music that captures what it’s like to be young, female, frustrated and bewildered at the world we live in.”
Last year the prize was won
by USW Alumni Boy Azooga – this is the second year in a row that there is a win
This year’s Welsh Music Prize winners Adwaith played
the Welsh Music Mixer this time last year.
Adwaith now joins a list of winners that includes Boy Azooga (2018), The Gentle Good (2017), Meilyr Jones (2016), Gwenno (2015), Joanna Gruesome (2014), Georgia Ruth (2013), Future of the Left (2012), Gruff Rhys (2011).
The judges for
this year’s prize were Dexter Batson (Spotify), Matt Jarrett (Diverse Music),
Sian Eleri (BBC Radio Cymru/Folded Wing), Kaptin (Boomtown), Daniel Minty
(Minty’s Gig Guide), Carolyn Hitt (Journalist), Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival)
and Chris Roberts (Son Am Sin).
The ninth Welsh
Music Prize is sponsored by Welsh Government Creative Industries, PPL, PRS for
Music with support from Cowshed, British Council Wales, and Musicians’ Union.
Chief Executive Officer, PPL said: “Each year the Welsh Music Prize returns
with a wealth of talent and creativity that reflects the quality of the
country’s music scene. It has gone from strength to strength in the last
decade, with events like Sŵn Festival and FOCUS Wales, alongside the Welsh
Music Prize, providing a platform for artists to show their talents to the
world. The rewards of this are now being seen; the Arts Council of Wales has
described this period as “a golden age for Welsh music.
"PPL seeks to support the Welsh music industry not just through our involvement with these music showcases, but also by providing an important revenue stream to our members across the country. In addition, we also help Welsh artists develop their careers through our work with PRS Foundation, to whom we provide significant funding.
"To help support
and showcase Welsh music is a privilege and we congratulate not just Adwaith on
their win, but all the artists nominated and also featured on the long list. We
wish them every success.”