The nominees on the Guide Awards shortlist are revealed

Bear Cavalry performing at the last Guide Awards. They are nominated this year in the Best Band category.
Bear Cavalry performing at the last Guide Awards. They are nominated this year in the Best Band category.
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For weeks the votes have been pouring in, with post arriving every day and hundreds of readers going online – so now we can reveal the shortlist.

Each of the 13 categories for the Guide Awards now have six shortlisted nominees who are all in the running to win.

Now the top acts will be deliberated over by our expert judging panel, taking into consideration the results of our public poll.

On Monday, January 20, in association with the Kings Theatre at Southsea and Wave 105, the awards show will celebrate the best local talent in music, stage, comedy, film, art and food and drink.

It’s the night we honour the best in local entertainment, from bands to artists and actors to films.

The night will not only include the presentation of trophies to all the winners, but also our Special Achievement Award will also be presented.

The exciting evening will also feature performances from our nominees and winners, past, present and (maybe) future.

Already confirmed to appear is one of the area’s best-known amateur dramatics groups, the Portsmouth Players, who will return to the theatre to perform an excerpt from their forthcoming production of Grease.

Joining them on stage throughout the evening is The News Instant Star winner and Guide Award nominee, singer and songwriter Jerry Williams.

And all the action is happening in front of an audience of nominees, industry professionals and News readers. The night is going to be jam-packed full of entertainment and gripping announcements, with acts appearing between awards presentations.

But you don’t have to be a nominee or a performer to go along. Anyone can get a seat to watch the ceremony unfold.

To apply for free tickets January, call the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or e-mail contactus@kings-southsea.com. Or write to Guide Awards Tickets, Kings Theatre, 20-24 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2QL.

IN THE RUNNING

BEST DJ

Will Chump

Peter Scathe

Craig Abbot

Spikey Mark

Hipshaker

Dave Saunders

BEST COMEDY

Mike Wozniak

James Alderson

Instant SOOP

Joe Wells

Sean Collins

Max and Ivan

BEST BAND

Off Beat Offensive

Bear Cavalry

Day Of The Rabblement

Kassassin Street

Retrospective Soundtrack Players

Kill Em Dead Cowboy

BEST SOLO ARTIST

Matt Jarvis

Andrew Foster

The Boy I Used To Be

Megan Linford

Jerry Williams

Luke Ferre

BEST EXHIBITION

Teddy Bear Story at Portsmouth City Museum

Access All Areas at Portsmouth Guildhall

Flights Of Fancy at Portsmouth Natural History Museum

Albert Road Trail in Southsea

Hayling Billy 50 exhibition, The Spring, Havant

Any Port In A Storm at Portsmouth Guildhall

BEST RESTAURANT/PUB/WINE BAR

The Hurdles, Droxford

The Corner Café, Portsmouth

Koh Thai Tapas, Southsea

King’s Tavern, Southsea

Bobby’s, Gosport

Roosters Piri Piri, Gunwharf Quays

BEST FILM

Mum

Hooked

Numb

Perception

White Coffee

Send In The Clones

BEST PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION

Barnum, Chichester Festival Theatre

The Taming of The Shrew, Portsmouth City Museum

Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kings Theatre

Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, Portsmouth Festivities

Phantom of The Opera, Mayflower Theatre

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, The Wedgewood Rooms

BEST AMATEUR DRAMA PRODUCTION

The Ghost Train, HumDrum, The Spring

Anne Frank, One Off Productions, Kings Theatre

The Hound of the Baskervilles, HumDrum, The Spring

Company, CCADS, Riverside Theatre, Chichester

Iron, Bench Theatre, The Spring

Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors, The Pyramids Centre

BEST AMATEUR MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Whistle Down The Wind, CCADS, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Evita, South Downe Musical Society, Ferneham Hall, Fareha,

The Sound Of Music, Hayling Musical Society, Hayling Community Centre

The Code Of Love, Louise Helyer, Gosport

Little Shop of Horrors, Portsmouth Players, Kings Theatre

Crazy For You, South Downe Musical Society, Kings Theatre

BEST AMATEUR ACTOR

Sam Treharne, Look Back In Anger, Bench Theatre

Lewis Bailey, The Hound of the Baskervilles, HumDrum

Lewis Robinson, Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors

Peter Colley, 84 Charing Cross Road, HumDrum

Tony Doye, The Sunshine Boys, CCADS

John-Paul McCrohon, Company, CCADS

BEST AMATEUR ACTRESS

Georgia Hamorak, Anne Frank, One Off Productions

Jeanette Broad, 84 Charing Cross Road, HumDrum

Samantha Kelly, Evita, South Downe Musical Society

Kerry McCrohon, Aspects Of Love, CCADS

Sally Hartley, Iron, Bench Theatre

Helen Stoddart, Crazy For You, South Downe Musical Society

BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC ACT

David Price, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

Solent Symphony Orchestra

George Burrows, Portsmouth University Choir

Portsmouth Festival Choir

Portsmouth Baroque Choir

Valentina Seferinova