Delorentos last night won the eighth Meteor Choice Music Prize - the award for the best Irish album of the year - for their third album 'Little Sparks'. The Dublin-based foursome collected the prize (and a cheque for €10,000!) at the industry event last night in Vicar Street. Singer/songwriter Gavin James also won a public vote for Song of the Year for his hit 'Say Hello'.
In a statement on their website, Delorentos said of their win: "We're very proud, humbled and happy to have won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year! We had an amazing night, great fun with all the other acts. We can't believe it! Thank you to everyone, we're delighted!"
Delorentos fought off stiff competition from of Heathers, The Cast of Cheers, Two Door Cinema Club, Damien Dempsey, Adrian Crowley, Julie Feeney, Mumblin' Deaf Ro, Wallis Bird and Windings to bag the gong.
Delorentos performed two songs on the evening from Little Sparks, 'Bullet In A Gun' as well as the album's title-track. All of the nominees - with the exception of Two Door Cinema Club who were absent because of touring commitments - performed on the evening.
Meanwhile, Song of the Year winner Gavin James has announced details of a headline performance in Dublin's Academy. The 21-year-old Dubliner will play the Abbey Street venue on Saturday May 18th. Tickets are priced at €13.