Online ticketing brand WeGotTickets has announced the launch of the INDIE50, a new search for the unsung heroes furthering live music at a grassroots level in the UK. Due to be revealed in August 2016, the list of 50 individuals will salute the people who, away from the limelight, work tirelessly to cultivate the UK’s indie landscape, advancing regional scenes and creating platforms for emerging talent.
The INDIE50 is launching with a public nomination period, which calls for anyone from across the UK to propose outstanding individuals they think deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the local scene. Nominations close on the 31st May, from which a shortlist will be drawn up, with the final 50 being decided by a panel of six industry experts.
Each chosen for their prominent support of, or connection to, independent music, the INDIE50 judging panel will include; BBC 6 Music tastemaker Tom Ravenscroft, whose weekly Recommends show spotlights the very best in under-the-radar talent to a huge global audience, Laura Snapes a prominent music writer for various outlets such as Pitchfork and The Guardian, Jason Edwards, live agent at Coda Agency, whose indie outlook has seen him build a roster including Years & Years, Alessia Cara and Grimes, Kevin Moore, General Manager at the UK’s premiere new music festival The Great Escape, and Stephen Bass, owner of longstanding indie imprint Moshi Moshi, who released early records from Hot Chip, Bloc Party and Disclosure.
“We’ve been helping people put on events for 15 years and wanted to recognise the independent spirit that we see in so many of them,” said WeGotTickets founder Dave Newton, who also joins the panel. “We’re looking forward to seeing who makes the list as well as hearing some of the stories behind them.”
From gig-going fans, to headline acts who have had a leg-up from someone along the way, nominations for the INDIE50 are open to all through the WeGotTickets website. Whether it be influential club promoters, managers, bookers, sound engineers, journalists, even the door person at your local venue, INDIE50 looks to celebrate some of the personalities working at the grassroots level that help make the UK’s world-renowned live scene so fertile. “Although the indie music scene is flourishing at the moment, it tends to be certain sounds or fashions that get all the attention,” said Tom Ravenscroft. “There are lots of people doing great things behind the scenes that aren’t necessarily getting the recognition they deserve.” Once announced in August, the final INDIE50 will be commemorated in a special photographic exhibition, serving as a unique snapshot of the UK’s vibrant indie communities.
Set up in Oxford in 2000 by a group of music lovers, WeGotTickets is the leading ticketing agency in the UK for small to medium sized venues and promoters. Working with over 10,000 venues and promoters across the UK to sell close to a million tickets a year, the company’s 10% maximum booking fee rate has helped to lower fees across the industry. Over the years, WeGotTickets has pioneered several ticketing concepts, such as paperless ticketing and the easy reallocation of tickets, which are now accepted practice throughout the industry, and continue to push for innovation and transparency.
Nominations for the inaugural INDIE50 are open until Tues 31 May. For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit www.INDIE50.co.uk