Music | Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist

If you happened to miss the Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist announcement on The Irish Times, Today FM and more last week, then have a look below at the line up of gems in the running for Album on the Year.

The overall winner will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday, February 27th 2014.

The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):

And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures (Sargent House)
Bell X1 Chop Chop (Belly Up Records)
Girls NamesThe New Life (Tough Love)
KodalineIn A Perfect World (Sony Music)
Little Green CarsAbsolute Zero (Universal Music)
Mano Le ToughChanging Days (Permanent Vacation)
My Bloody ValentineMBV (MBV Records)
O EmperorVitreous (Big Skin)
Lisa O’ Neill Same Cloth or Not (Song Seeds Records)
Villagers {Awayland} (Domino)

MCMPAlso RTE Two Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize for the first time, which will air on Sunday March 2nd at 10.30pm.

Lisa Comerford, Meteor’s Consumer Marketing Director, said “As in previous years, the shortlist is a real spotlight on the kind of talent that we as a country produce. There is always a massive pool of talent for the judges to choose from, and I know fans really get behind their favourite. The announcement at this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize in February is sure to be hotly contested!”

The Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will also be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show.

Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from on Friday January 10th, priced €23.50 including booking fee.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of IMRO and IRMA. Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of key overseas delegates at the event while RAAP and Music Week are also official project partners.

“The Meteor Choice Music Prize shines a light on some of our finest songwriting talents each year and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize.   The Prize has always represented the huge creativity and diversity found in Irish music and we are delighted to play our part in bringing this music to an even wider audience”.  – Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

Dick Doyle, Director General of IRMA said:
“IRMA is delighted to continue to support the Meteor Choice Music Prize in highlighting the breadth and quality of Irish musicians and artists who make this country such a rich and vibrant source of contemporary talent.”

All the albums will be available on one Meteor Choice Music Prize page via

The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Song of the Year 2013 shortlist will be announced later this month.