Winner – Joshua Burnside 

Album - Ephrata


Twelve albums were shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon 2017. Performances on the night came from Robocobra Quartet, Joshua Burnside and Arborist.

Joshua Burnside won the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017. He was presented with the award at a special event on Saturday, November 11th at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. The singer songwriter’s debut album, ‘Ephrata’ was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures.

The NI Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and PPL. The event is the culmination of a ten-day celebration of gigs, showcases, workshops and community events called Sound of Belfast.

Charlotte Dryden, of Oh Yeah said: “ It’s brilliant that a debut record can pick up the award. Joshua’s rise over the last year has been astounding and this album is an inspired piece of work full of influences from as far as Columbia, Eastern Europe and North America. Massive congratulations to Joshua on winning, and to his manager Lyndon Stephens and Champion Sound on two successful years in a row. Well done also to all the nominees, it was a brilliant shortlist. It makes you proud to be from Northern Ireland.”

Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up two million plays on Spotify, with two sell out London shows, appearances at International festivals including Reeperbahn and The Great Escape. He has also had extensive radio play and support from the likes of Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart. He releases a deluxe edition of his album this coming Friday.





Aaron Shanley - Metal Alligator

Anthony Toner - Ink

Arborist - Home Burial

Arvo Party - Arvo Party

Baleful Creed - Seismic Shifter

Bap Kennedy - Reckless Heart

BASORK- Balkan Alien Sound Orchestra

Blackwater Conspiracy - Shootin’ The Breeze

Chris Keys - Life In Motion

Citizen Nobody - Citizen Nobody

Civil Simian - Ouroboric

Disconnect - The Sum of Our Parts

Divine Comedy - Foreverland

Electric Octopus - Smokyhead

Gross Net - Quantitative Easing

Group Zero - Structures & Light

Hannah Peel - Awake But Always Dreaming

Holy Innocents - Fortune

Hornets - Witch Hunt

Invaderband - Invaderband

Isobel Anderson - CHALK/FLINT

Joshua Burnside - Ephrata

Lauren Bird - The Inbetween

Lost Highways - Beneath The Cedars

Malojian - This Is Nowhere

Matua Trap - Thunderous Silence

Mons Olympus - Vampyroteuthis

Na Leanaí - Branching Out

Nomadic Rituals - Marking The Day

No Matter - Ill Advised

Our Krypton Son - Fleas & Diamonds

Owl Crusher - Owlcrusher

Paddy Nash - Gate Fever

Part Time Pilots - How To Ruin Everything

Pinner - Return of the Pin Vol. 2

Robocobra Quartet - Music For All Occasions

Sea Pinks - Watercourse

Selene - The Ravages Of Time

Slomatics - Future Echo Returns

So Much For The Sun - So Much For The Sun

The Answer - Solas

The Darkling Air - Untamed & Beloved

Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow

Waldorf and Cannon - Old Dogs New Tricks