The Divine Comedy to receive a Legend Award in Belfast
A special Legend presentation and performance at the Mandela Hall, Belfast, November 14.
The Divine Comedy will be the latest recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award. This recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.
The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon from Enniskillen, has been releasing music since 1990. This amounts to a magnificent body of work. Neil continues to perform internationally and composes for a variety of art forms including film, theatre, television and opera.
After receiving the Legend Award, Neil and band will play a live selection from The Divine Comedy’s impressive back catalogue.
Stuart Bailie CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre says:
“The Divine Comedy have delivered so many stunning songs and Neil Hannon writes with wit, emotion and intelligence. He continues to bring distinction to Northern Ireland and we’re so pleased that he has agreed to accept his Legend Award and to perform at the occasion.”
Neil says: “I am amazed and humbled to be receiving this honour. There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your homeland, and I’m very much looking forward to playing some songs and seeing some familiar faces at the Mandela Hall on Nov 14th.”
Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award are:
Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012)
Stiff Little Fingers (2011)
The Undertones (2010)
Henry McCullough (2009)
Terri Hooley (2008)
The Oh Yeah Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall. Previous NI Music Prize winners are Robyn G Shiels for ‘The Blood of the Innocents’ (2014) and Foy Vance ‘Joy Of Nothing’ (2013).
The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast which will take place in November.
Tickets, £12 are available online:
For more information please contact:
Tel. 028 9031 0845
About Oh Yeah
The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast is a resource for musicians and the business of music. The Gordon Street building houses a recording studio, rehearsal rooms, a music exhibition, office units a live venue and a songwriting room.