Thursday, October 12, 2006

Different awards; same winners

While we're sure the Roundhouse is a great venue to actually be in, on television last night for the Vodafone live music awards it looked bloody awful - it was like the awards were being handed out in the wings rather than at the heart of things. The whole thing was shaky enough without making it seem like the prizes were being tossed through the tradesman's entrance.

And if the idea was to try and find a framework in which different acts could be given recogntition, that flopped too. Same bands who win all the prizes all the time:

* Vodafone Live Act: Muse
* International Live Act: U2
* Tour of the Year: The NME Awards Tour
* Vodafone Live Impact in 2006: Razorlight
* The Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music: The Who
* Best Live Return: Take That
* Best Show Production: Gorillaz
* Best Tour Roadie: Fatty (Primal Scream)
* Best Live Music DVD: Razorlight
* Best Live Music Venue: Carling Academy, Brixton
* Xfm Live Breakthrough Act: The Automatic
* C4 Festival of the Year 2006: Reading/Leeds
* Kerrang! Live Unsigned Act: New Rhodes

Apart, possibly, from Fatty, that line-up will be having to shuffle Brits, Brats and Grammies out the way to make room for their new gongs.

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