City council gives backing to our big awards

WINNERS Bear Cavalry with their award they won for Best Band.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13239-4557)
WINNERS Bear Cavalry with their award they won for Best Band.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13239-4557)

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The Guide Awards are nearly here!

Portsmouth’s big arts and culture awards evening is just over a fortnight away and the excitement is building with news that the event has received financial backing from Portsmouth City Council.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, says: ‘The city has a growing reputation for arts and culture and this scene is a very important part of the economy. Arts and culture supports 10,000 jobs across the city.’

He adds: ‘The future for arts and culture in the city is looking bright and The Guide Awards are the only awards in the area that showcase the enormous variety of culture here.’

The Guide Awards take place on Monday, January 20 at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, in front of an audience of shortlisted nominees, their families and friends, plus industry professionals and News readers.

During the evening, winners in 13 categories will be announced and presented with awards, ranging from Best DJ to Best Classical Music Act. There’s also a Special Achievement award.

Between the presentations there will be several exciting performances.

We can reveal that Day Of The Rabblement are joining the line-up. The folk maestros are nominated for the first time in the Best Band category and accordion player Danny Harmer is looking forward to performing on the big night.

He says: ‘We’ve had a great year with a national album launch and performing at The Guide Awards will definitely be good for developing our recognition locally.

‘We have some great friends in the other bands in our category like Kassassin Street and we’re really looking forward to seeing the other acts.’

Singer-songwriter Jerry Williams, winner of The News’s Instant Star talent contest, will also be performing, while Portsmouth Players will treat the audience to an excerpt from their version of musical Grease.

Tickets for The Guide Awards are free and you don’t have to be a nominee or a performer to attend the event. Anybody can come along.

To apply for tickets, call The News on (023) 9262 2202 or e-mail rosie.morgan@jpress.co.uk. Tickets will be sent by post, so be sure to book in advance for this special night.