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East Anglia's music industry takes over The Apex in Bury St Edmunds for the NMG Awards




Hundreds gathered at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds last Friday to showcase the creativity of musicians in East Anglia.

Over 300 people attended the NMG Awards on Friday, September 10 to celebrate the work of artists in the region, having been unable to take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 20 acts received awards for their success, with more being given Artist Development Prizes.

The awards took place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Matthew Wordley
The awards took place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Matthew Wordley

Founded by local radio presenter, Tim Willett, the awards have been running since 2013.

The awards have developed into a respected platform for the music scene in East Anglia, giving artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.

Bury-based duo, Amethysts, were crowned the ‘Best Electronic & Experimental Act’ for the third year row. After winning their award, they said: “It’s the third year in a row that we’ve won our category and we really didn’t expect it, so we’re really grateful.

Sara Kathleen, venue manager at The Hunter Club who sponsored one of the awards, and founder, Tim Willett. Photo: Lawrence Micallef
Sara Kathleen, venue manager at The Hunter Club who sponsored one of the awards, and founder, Tim Willett. Photo: Lawrence Micallef

“It’s brilliant that events like this exist to champion new music, Tim and everyone involved absolutely smashed it. It’s so great to see that the live music scene in East Anglia is still so strong after everything over the last year!”

Tim Willett, who is the founder of the awards, added: “There was a fantastic atmosphere, with everybody in great spirits. The standard of artists involved was very high, and the judges decisions in all categories were very difficult.

“The continued enthusiasm for the awards shows how healthy and strong the East Anglian music scene is, despite the challenges of the last 18 months."

The awards ceremony will take place next year on September 9, 2022.

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