THE NORTHERN music awards have revealed their nominees for 2024, with a mix of household names and up-and-coming artists set to be celebrated, with nominees from.

The Northern Music Awards will be celebrating its sophomore year, with the awards show debuting last year in 2023.

‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ saw two local acts nominated – with The K’s of Newton-le-Willows being one of the nominees. The indie rock foursome has followed up a successful festival season with their debut album, set to release on March 22, ‘I Wonder if the World Knows?’

Amongst the breakthrough act nominees are The Mysterines, a Wirral alt-rock band who have teased their next upcoming album with their edgy new single ‘Begin again’.

The Wirral band, who have a mural in New Brighton, supported the Arctic Monkeys on their tour starting in the summer of last year, 2023. They have springboarded this hype and success into a nomination for a top northern music prize, with their upcoming album hotly anticipated. 

Vying with the K’s for this award will be Crawlers, the band born in Warrington who found monumental success through a mixture of TikTok and their rock-solid gigging credentials.

Future Yard in Birkenhead was nominated for ‘Inspirational venue of the year. The venue opened in 2021, hot off the heels of COVID-19, and has managed to not only keep its doors open but thrive in the last three years.

Mel C from Widnes will be honoured with a special recognition award. The Spice Girl has gone on to have a fruitful solo career, featuring in a hit song with Bryan Adams ‘When You Were Gone’, and ‘Never Be The Same Again’ from her 1999 debut solo album ‘Northern Star’.

‘Favourite festival of the year’ will be decided by a public vote, with Creamfields North from Daresbury, Neighbourhood Weekender from Warrington, and Bluedot from Mid Cheshire, among the nominees.

Artists from across the north will be celebrated – with Sam Fender and Louis Tomlinson among those vying for artist of the year.