Colchester’s first ever local music awards takes place at The Twist takes place on Thursday 18th October.

The awards are being organised by the weekly Leftfield Retro Show on Radio Wivenhoe. The idea by DJ Philippe Edmund is to launch this first event through his radio show to acknowledge and award the growing arts and music scene in Colchester and its surrounding area. If the first one proves to be a success, and the people want and enjoy it, then next year hopefully it can be developed into the Colne Radio FM annual awards.

The event will be used itself to raise funds for the Colchester SOS & Community Bus.

Compere on the night will be Dave McPherson lead singer of top British rock band InMe.

Awards up for grabs on the night are;

Best Band
Plaitum, Dingus Khan, Surfquake, Chase the Enemy, Dead End Liars, Alice Rock, Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas, Ghost Train Porters, Denial Twist, Gareth & The Shark, Stoney Road, Catrinas, Newtons Apple, Videotapes, Rik Spanner & The Tickturds, Buzzards, Pistols & Vultures.
Award to be presented by producer/studio engineer Simon Gogerly who won a Grammy award for his work on the U2 album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album. His recent mix projects include Manic Street Preachers, N-Dubz , Angry vs The Bear and the Danny Boyle directed NT production of Frankenstein.

Best Solo award
Snippet, Lizzie B, Buddy Lee Dickens, Cherchen Man, Ellie Cornell, Joe Boyd, Slow Life, George Henry King
award presented by  female artist Lettie

Best Venue award

The Bull, Judge and Jury, The Twist
Award to be presented by Adam Fox the Open Road performance & data manager plus volunteers from the Colchester SOS Bus

Outstanding Contribution 2012
Keep Colchester Cool, Slack Space, The Gazette
Award to be  jointly presented by Olympic torch bearer Tracey McGill with torch and Team GB Olympic athlete Dominic King

Best Song award 
George Henry King – Silhouette Trees, Dead End Liars -Tongues,Tongues,Tongues, Ben Wood & the Bad Ideas – Lead Me On, Pistols & Vultures – Human Growth, Gareth Vs The Shark – Moment Wasted, Catrinas – Godzilla Groove, Denial Twist(Short Man Blues) – Eve, Rik Spanner & the Tickturds – Fire Inside, Buzzards – Rose Petals, Newtons Apple – Realize, Chase the Enemy – Lionheart, Videotapes – Town Coat, Dingus Khan – Made a List, Stoney Road – Addiction, Plaitum – Requiem, Alice Rock – Model QT100, Ghost Train Porters – Moose Point Maine, Surfquake – Kool Kat Beasty, Joe Boyd – War Paint, Cherchen Man – Gift, Buddy Lee Dickens – Root Beer, Slow Life – Dobry, Ellie Cornell – Pale Flag, Lizzie B – Living on the Edge of my Dreams, Snippet – Bee Stings
Award to be presented by Lyndall Rosewarne Director of Sound Exchange (Developing music in Essex Agency)

The Best Band, Solo and Venue categories will be open to a public vote and the voting lines will be open from Wednesday 29th August to Sunday 30th September via the radio station’s website Please note, only one vote per person per category so choose wisely.

The winners of the Outstanding Contribution and Best Song categories will be chosen by the team at the show.

Votes will be counted after the closing date and the top acts from each category will go through to the main event at the Twist.

Winners will be announced live on stage and presented with their trophy.

Live music will come from up and coming Ipswich female artists Lettie, Benjamin Bloom and an acoustic set by Dave Mcpherson plus some of the nominees will perform a plug and play 2 song set.

Soldiers in full regalia from the Colchester Roman Society will be the guard of honour at the venue.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £5.