The Welsh Music Prize was launched in 2011 and it aims to celebrate Welsh music across a wide variety of genres, whilst establishing a reputation similarly to the Mercury Music Prize.
The shortlist is compiled of the 12 albums that were released this year, which have not only made waves in Wales, but throughout the UK and beyond.
The winner will be announced October 18th after being judged by a panel of music industry figures and music experts.
The Welsh Music Prize was initiated by the co-founders of SWN festival, which is held in Cardiff, Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and music promoter John Rostron.
New to this year is the festival which is set to be on the night before of the winner is announced, in order to showcase some of the shortlisted artists and bands. The concert will take place at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff.
Mr Rostron told Wales Online:
“It’s so exciting to see this year’s Welsh Music Prize Shortlist.
It’s a brilliant collection of albums which demonstrate just how strong the Welsh Music scene is. Now I just hope the judges can find a way to pick a winner from such a strong shortlist.
Over the past year I’ve met with the organisers of other National Music Prizes – such as Canada, Scotland, Ireland and Australia – who have all kindly helped us build and shape the delivery of the Welsh Music Prize.
It was from encouragement by the Choice Meteor Music Prize in Ireland that we decided to add something new this year, with a concert on the eve of the Welsh Music Prize ceremony with as many of the shortlisted acts playing as possible.
That will be an almighty gig. It will be a great place to support your favourites and hear some of the bands who are new to you. I’m really looking forward to it.”
“The success of the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 meant we had strong foundations for this years prize. The shortlist is full of varied Welsh albums with rock, folk and experimental music all featuring, and we see the Prize as a celebration of the great talent committing to create memorable albums in Wales. The artists benefited from the Welsh Music Prize in 2011, and this year we hope to build on its success.”
Welsh Music Prize 2012 Shortlist
- Bright Light Bright Light – Make Me Believe in Hope
- Cate Le Bon – CYRK
- Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog – Draw Dros Y Mynydd
- Exit International – Black Junk
- Future of the Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
- Huw M. – Gathering Dusk
- Truckers of Husk – Accelerated Learning
- Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
- Kutosis – Fanatical Love
- Kids in Glass Houses – In Gold Blood
- Jodie Marie – Mountain Echo
- Islet – Illuminated People