Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards Nominees

Four of York’s finest creative arts professionals – Kymberley Kennedy, Vesper Walk, our very own York Calling and Ellen Cole from York’s Little Festival of Live Music are all in the running to win an award or two at this year’s Yorkshire Gig Guide awards. The acts who have contributed immensely to the cultural scene in York are thrilled to bits and need your votes to help them get to the award ceremony, which will take place in October.

Kymberley Kennedy an Alternative RnB/ Electronic artist has been nominated for two awards – Yorkshire’s Outstanding Artist/ Band of the Year and Yorkshire’s Outstanding Songwriter of the Year. They had this to say: “We’re humbled to have received two nominations for the Grassroots Awards. It means the world to us and has spurred us on to push for bigger and better things.”

Kymberley Kennedy has enjoyed much success over the last couple of years, having played at numerous music festivals across the UK, played live on radio, including on BBC Radio 1xtra and is about to embark on her first UK tour with her band (Miles Williams, David Soulsby and Sam Whiting) to promote their debut album – Head Games.

Vesper Walk, an eight piece theatrical band have also been nominated for Yorkshire’s Outstanding Band of the Year. They offer shows filled with theatre, music, movement, poetry and more. They have enjoyed numerous sell out shows over the last year, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their music has been likened to early Genesis and Arcade Fire. Lisa and Catherine, sisters who run the band say “It’s an honour to be nominated for this award. It just makes us want to keep writing, keep performing and keep making music.”

We’re in the running for Outstanding Media of the Year and could not be more thrilled. Our site and magazine, which is entirely run be a core group of dedicated volunteers, has been running  since 2013 and promotes the York’s strong and vibrant music and cultural scene through regular articles, photography, and printed magazines, which is distributed all over York. Editor in chief Graeme says: ”We’re thrilled to be considered alongside some real heavyweights of local media. Three years ago we set out on a mission to ensure York’s vibrant scene is celebrated and we continue to do so today through our website, mag and live shows. It’s humbling to get some recognition in kind. We greatly appreciate any votes we receive. Win or lose, next year is going to be big for us, with a whole programme of York Calling gigs being planned.”

York’s Little Festival of Live Music and their Festival Director Ellen Cole is up for three awards – Outstanding New Festival of the Year, Outstanding Contribution of the Year and Outstanding Promoter of the Year. Ellen, who outside the festival works as a freelance Marketing, PR and Events professional is overwhelmed with the nominations, in particular with being nominated as outstanding festival of the year. Ellen says: “York’s Little Festival of Live Music is a not for profit music festival offering those who have not experienced live music before and music fans with the opportunity to see live music for free of charge. There are so little free music festivals across the UK these days and I feel music is important to any community. This year we received just under 800 applications from acts from across the UK who wanted one of the 24 slots we have available and our database seems to grow each year, which is a big achievement for us. A not for profit / community festival has never won the award for Outstanding New Festival of the Year before, so it would be the icing on the cake if we won, so please vote for us!”

York’s Little Festival of Live Music will be returning with a 24 hour free music festival in late September alongside the York Food and Drink Festival, to find out what acts will be playing, please visit their Facebook page.

To vote for Kymberley Kennedy, Vesper Walk, York Calling and York’s Little Festival of Live Music for free in the Yorkshire Gig Guide awards, visit:http://yorkshiregigguide.co.uk/grass-roots-awards-2015.html

Voting closes for the Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards on Tuesday 30 August 2016.