The shortlist for the Choice Prize 2012 has been revealed today by Paul McLoone on Tony Fenton's Today FM radio show.
The winning act will receive a prize of €10,000 from IMRO. The 2011 prize was won by Two Door Cinema Club for their album Tourist History, beating Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and O Emperor, among others, to the honour.
The shortlist was selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals, including Brian Adams (Today FM), John Barker (98FM), Stuart Clark (Hot Press), Siobhan Maguire (Sunday Times), Naomi McArdle (Harmless Noise), Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times), Nadine O’Regan (RTE/Phantom FM/Sunday Business Post), Colm O’Sullivan (Red FM), Ed Power (Irish Independent/Irish Examiner/Metro Herald), Rigsy (BBC 1 Northern Ireland), Penny Rose-Hart (RTE Radio 1), joined by Tony Clayton-Lea.
The winner will be revealed at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday March 8th. The line-up for the night will be announced on January 23rd.
Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday January 13th and will cost you €22.50.
The nominees for the 2012 Choice Music Prize are:
And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs
Bell X1 - Bloodless Coup
Cashier No. 9 - To The Death of Fun
Lisa Hannigan - Passenger
Japanese Popstars - Controlling Your Allegiance
Jape - Ocean of Frequency
Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands - Golden Syrup
Pugwash - The Olympus Sounds
Tieranniesaur - Tieranniesaur
We Cut Corners - Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards