Digital Socket Awards - The Aftermath

On Thursday, a bunch of passionate bloggers proved to The Music Business that you can celebrate the best in Irish Music in style without the need of sponsorship or Arts funding.

The nominated artists were firstly choosen by the public and then voted on by 26 bloggers to create the 'Shortlist' with a final vote by the same bloggers to create the list of winners:

Best Design (Website, Artwork, Posters)
Adebisi Shank - This is the second album of a band called Adebisi Shank

Best Independent Label
Richter Collective

Best Video
Ambience Affair - Devil In The Detail

Best Music Photography
Loreanna Rushe

Best Radio Show
Donal Dineen

Best Pop
Cathy Davey - Best Pop

Best Folk
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

Best Rock and Alternative
Adebisi Shank

Best Electronic & Hip Hop
Solar Bears

Best Indie
The Cast of Cheers

Best EP
And So I Watch You From Afar – The Letters

Best Newcomer
The Cast of Cheers

Song of the Year
Villagers – The Meaning of the Ritual

Album of the Year
Adebisi Shank – This is the second album of a band called Adebisi Shank

There have already been offers of thanks to everyone involved but I want to share the articles and web inches which have already been written about the live event:

RTE Young People Dept:

Drop-d confirmed the value of The Digital Socket Awards by stating: "For the first time in years, Drop-d couldn’t have been prouder to be Irish."

MOG Music Network ... thanks to

BBC5Live: We got a few mentions from the 43rd Minute onwards!

Swear I'm Not Paul: Ronan wrote about his top 10 moments!

Golden Plec Review:

MEG Review:

Take The Candy:

The Lost Continent:

Thank you big time!

Some Happy Customers:

Sargent House:

Loreana Rushe:


Photos Galore: Thanks to the Music Photographers

The Live Bands: Thanks to the bands for their excellent performances!

Ham Sandwich



Photos by:

The Live Final was a charity event for Aware and there is a tidy sum of €1000 + going to the charity!

See ya for The Digital Socket Awards next year?

Finally .... in case you haven't seen it here's the Best Music Video of 2010:


Ronan said…
Fantastic post. I was planning on doing the same thing!