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We are delighted to announce that voting for the 2016 Clubland Awards is now open – voting forms are in this week’s issue of the Mercury and will appear online via our website from this Friday (5th).
We will also be re-introducing the voting box system for 2016 with boxes placed at many of the region’s clubs, with one voting slip being drawn from each box to win a pair of tickets for the awards night later in the year. Details of venues that voting boxes will be available at will be published in the near future.

The categories are:
Best Male Vocalist
(Pocket Rocket 2015)
Best Female Vocalist
(Jay Danielle 2015)
Best Duo/Trio
(Brotherhood 2015)
Best Live Band (Diversify 2015)
Best All Round Entertainer
(Can You Feel It 2015)
Best Newcomer
(O’Brien Hesson 2015)

No doubt many of last year’s award holders will be trying hard to win your votes and hold on to their title – but equally it is always a delight to see new winners emerging – whether it be a Clubland regular who has been working the circuit for years, or a new face that has found popularity among our readers!
And as always, the Mercury Award for Services to Clubland – which is awarded on the basis of feedback from clubs, agents and other artists and reflects the achievements of one of the elder statesmen of our industry who may have moved on to greater things but have never forgotten their roots or where they learned their art! Previous winners have included Paul Shane, Charlie Williams, John Parr, and many others who began their career in the pubs and clubs around this area – something that very few who look for instant fame and fortune on the X Factor and similar shows can claim on their CV!
We are beginning to see a resurgence in the number of venues offering live music – particularly since the relaxation of licensing regulations – and more and more younger faces seem to be taking the opportunity to demonstrate their talents! Sadly even since last year’s awards we have lost a couple of the more traditional venues – but nevertheless the trend suggests that many of our pubs locally are looking towards providing a platform for live entertainment again!
We are once again indebted to our headline sponsors, Molson Coors, as well as our individual sponsors – Sheffield Flooring Solutions, Travel & More, The Act Store, and Pets Are Pals – who have kindly agreed to support the winners of each award.
And we would like to thank our readers in advance for taking the trouble to vote each year and help make the awards such a success – the artists really appreciate your support for their efforts!
And of course readers can look forward to our Gala Awards Night in November – when our readers and voters will have the opportunity to see many of the winners showcasing their talents – without doubt one of the best nights out in Clubland! So keep an eye out for the date and make sure you book your tickets early!

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