Ovations for Outstanding Contribution To Music winner Edwyn Collins, pictured, and ‘Pioneer’ Daniel Miller of Mute.
Hats off to Association of Independent Music CEO Alison Wenham and events manager Lara Baker for a second sell out year. The AIM Awards stepped up from Soho to the City, doubling capacity, and still there was a waiting list as heroes from the burgeoning scene snapped up the opportunity to be a part of the occasion.
Hosted by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, the event featured live performances from Frankie and the Heartstrings, Big Deal and Land Observations together with 15 awards, from Best Live Act to Best Independent Festival.
“The list of winners is like no other, and truly reflects the breadth of talent and diversity in the independent sector,” Wenham said. “A fantastic night was had by all, and we look forward to celebrating further success for the independents in 2013.”
AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS 2012:
Best Live Act (voted for by visitors to the-fly.co.uk): The Prodigy
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7Digital): Alt – J
Hardest Working Band Or Artist: 65daysofstatic
Best Difficult Second Album: First Aid Kit – ‘The Lion’s Roar’
Independent Album Of The Year (In association with Bird & Bird): Enter Shikari – ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’
Best Small Label (in association with Sound Performance): Black Butter Records
Genre Spotlight Award: Wiley – ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’
Independent Entrepreneur Of The Year (in association with The Orchard): Simon Raymonde – Bella Union
PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act: Adele
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: The 13th Floor Elevators – ‘Music Of The Spheres’
Independent Label Of The Year (in association with EDC): 4AD
Indie Champion Award: Ian Evans – IME Music
Best Independent Festival (voted for by visitors to thisisfakediy.com): LeeFest
Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with eMusic): Edwyn Collins
Pioneer Award (in association with Nokia Music): Daniel Miller, Mute