Northern Irish rock band Ash will receive a special Legend Award at Belfast’s Mandela Hall as part of the Sound of Belfast programme.
Ash will be the latest recipients of the award – presented by Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre named after the band’s hit single – which recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.
After receiving the Legend Award at Belfast’s Mandela Hall on 11 November, Ash will perform the entirety of their platinum-selling debut album 1977, released 20 years ago in 1996.
Formed at Downpatrick High School in 1992, Ash secured two number one albums in the UK, charted with 18 Top 40 singles and have sold more than eight million records worldwide.
Front man Tim Wheeler won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Pop Song in 2001 for Shining Light while their music has featured on numerous film soundtracks and video games.
Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah Music Centre chief executive officer, said: ‘Ash have played a major part in the story of Northern Irish music and in the story of Oh Yeah too. Our centre is named after the very song which features on their debut album, 1977. How brilliant to finally honour and celebrate the band with an Oh Yeah Legend Award. We can’t wait to hear this classic album performed live and in full on the twentieth anniversary of its release. It is going to be a momentous evening.’
The band are currently working in New York at their Atomic Heart Studios, writing new songs for a follow up to their 2015 album Kablammo!
Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award include The Divine Comedy (2015), Therapy? (2014) and The Undertones (2010).