Event News: The Unsigned Music Awards 2017

Five Days North have been nominated for the Best Unsigned Band category at the Unsigned Music Awards 2017.

Five Days North from Manchester who we have featured on Indie Buddie have beaten thousands of other acts to be named in the UK’s top ten Unsigned Bands at the 2017 Unsigned Music Awards (UMAs) and we couldn’t be more proud of them.Launched in 2012 the awards have seen more than 50,000 music fans cast their vote including celebrities such as rock star Frank Turner and International footballer Gareth Bale. Five Days North consists of five members who all met through the University of Manchester, balancing their passion for music alongside their university studies. Whilst based in Manchester, only Sam (Guitarist) originates. The remaining four’s hometowns are: Darryl (Lead singer) – Portsmouth; David Urwin (Banjo/Synth) – London; Lewis (Bass) – Swansea; Zoravar (Drums) – New Delhi, India.

Darryl Messer said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to even just be nominated, it shows that all our hardwork over the past four years is being noticed.”

Other award categories include Best Female, Best Male and Best Song, the latter previously won by Molly Smitten-Downes, who went on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. The awards are organised by Best of British Unsigned  (B.o.B), the UK’s number one website for ‘Unsigned Music’ which supplies a weekly radio show to 70FM stations in 15 countries.  The winner of each category is crowned thanks to an online public vote. Nominees are also put forward for ‘The Critic’s Choice Award’, and Five Days North will hope their sound impresses a panel of three industry experts.This year’s judges are: Max Helyer, guitarist for rock band You Me at Six, Dave Gilyeat, radio presenter for BBC Introducing, and Louise Dodgson, Editor of online music directory The Unsigned Guide.

Max Helyer said: ” For me it’s important to support upcoming artists and help to give them more exposure. I’m looking forward to listening to the wide variety of styles of music submitted, some of which will hopefully become part of my personal everyday music catalogue.

David Gilyeat added: It makes a real difference to get behind new unsigned music. The Talent of the future depends on our passion for it in the present.

The 2017 awards are sponsored by Vocalzone who produce world famous throat pastilles and herbal tea used by singers and voice professionals.

George Ponsford, Sales & Marketing Director said: “Unsigned music in the UK is stronger than ever before, and these awards are not only great for recognising some of this country’s most promising artists, but also giving them the platform to share their music with the masses online.”. 

The vote for Best Unsigned Band 2017 takes place at https://www.vocalzone.com/

BEST UNSIGNED BAND: Monday 2nd October – Sunday 08th October