2019 Welsh Music Prize finalists announced

The 12-album shortlist for this year’s Welsh Music Prize has been revealed, with audiobooks, Cate Le Bon and Estrons among the nominees.

The Welsh Music Prize will take place at The Coal Exchange on Wednesday 27 November alongside subsequent activities in celebration of Welsh music.

The prize was co-founded by BBC presenter Huw Stephens and music consultant John Rostron, and this year’s winning album will be selected by a panel of expert judges.

This year’s judges are Dexter Batson (Spotify), Sean Griffiths (Mixmag), Kaptin (Boomtown), Daniel Minty (Minty’s Gig Guide), Carolyn Hitt (Journalist) and Chris Roberts (Son Am Sin).

Past winners have gone on to achieve wider recognition off the back of the prize, including albums by Boy Azooga (2018), Gwenno (2015) and Gruff Rhys (2011).

A Welsh Music Prize mixer will also take place during the afternoon of the event at Sunflower & I to showcase short performances from three emerging artists and will offer those from the wider UK music industry the opportunity to network.

The 2019 Welsh Music Prize nominees are:

Echo the Red by Accü (Libertino Records)

Now! (in a minute) by audiobooks [pictured] (Heavenly Recordings)

Joia! by Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 (Banana & Louie)

Reward by Cate Le Bon  (Mexican Summer)

Lover Loner by Deyah (self-released)

You Say I’m Too Much I Say You’re Not Enough by Estrons (Gofod Records)

Inspirational Talks by HMS Morris (Bubblewrap Records)

Gwn Glan Beibl Budur by Lleuwen (Sain)

Touchy Love by Lucas J Rowe (self-released)

Oesoedd by Mr (Strangetown Records)

Melyn by Adwaith (Libertino Records)

Ty ein Tadau by VRï (Recordiau Erwydd)

Huw Stephens says: ‘Every year I’m blown away by the music coming from Welsh artists and the popularity of music made in Wales is just growing and growing. I know it’s always such a difficult decision for our judges to decide. None the less, all of the artists have streams of creativity that will take them onward in today’s music world.’

For more information about the Welsh Music Prize, please visit welshmusicprize.com.