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SALFORD STAR AWARDS RETURN FOR 2018
 

Star date: 22nd December 2018

HELP US TO CELEBRATE OUR VERY BEST SALFORD TALENT

The Salford Star Awards return for the second year, and we have three categories: Best Performer, Best Drama and Best Band/Act. Salford Star Live Editor, Ian Leslie, suggests some options in what has been another fantastic year for local talent.

Full details here...


It's fast approaching the end of 2018, and here at the Salford Star we look back over the last twelve months and celebrate our region's very best talent. Last year saw the debut of our entertainment awards as a way of acknowledging the acts, bands, plays and unique creatives who we had encountered.

The Salford Star Awards were a triumph...J.B Barrington scooped Best Performer, Joe O'Byrne's Haunting of Blaine Manor won Best Play, Evidently was a worthy winner in our Best Regular Event category and The Moods grabbed Best Band after a mind-blowing debut album and incredible live shows (see here).

We'd like your help again this year. We've got three categories for you to cast votes in: Best Performer, Best Drama and Best Band/Act. Feel free to vote or make suggestions. We'd like you to get involved and give us a shout...*

Best Performer
2018 was the year that we finally got our mitts on an incredible new collection of poetry from John Cooper Clarke entitled The Luckiest Guy Alive. In our awards we also look to highlight some of our newer and less known performers... Quina Chapman smashed in at the Fringe Festival with the brilliant Fangirl. Kieren King continued to host Evidently with wit and chimpish, likability. He also went on to perform at The Edinburgh Festival. Gordon Zola's Wheelie Bin Years discussed the rapper/poets Zen-like relationship with his bins, although, he was unsure which one was for the severed heads of Salford Council staff!

Swinton comic Tony Kinsella gave us a show about his love for 60s girl-band The Shangri Las in Shangri La La Land, where he dissected the brilliance of the group using the wisdom of some of the greats, including Oedipus and erm, Shaun William Ryder. Simon Williams worked wonders with a poetry set at Salford Precinct. Marlon Solomon gave us an insight into the weird and wonderful world of conspiracies at The Fringe and Brian Gorman performed every single Bond film in 60 minutes, on his own!

Best Drama
Original dramas were in abundance once again...Last year's winner Joe O'Byrne brought back an old foe when he re-worked a script to give us the ballsy, I'm Frank Morgan: Rewired. It was an intense experience full of menacing charm. Libby Hall won Best Play in The Fringe Awards for The Things We Tell the Hours after Midnight. It was a mighty achievement for the 16 year old Salfordian cited as the next Shelagh Delaney. Strangeways Here We Come by Chris Green was released in cinemas all over and was loved by anyone with a sense of humour. Citadel brilliantly discussed the demons that affect ex-servicemen (Kings Arms) and From Heaven to Hell ensured that the efforts of local soldiers were given due respect as it told the tale of the Salford Pals (Salford Arts Theatre).

Brian Gorman paid a beautiful tribute to Ian Curtis in New Dawn Fades, while Robert Pegg's The Script was incredibly well received by all who caught it at the Kings. Morrissey play, Thorn, made a welcome return when Tim Keogh brought it to Salford Arts Theatre. Also returning in a leaner and meaner form was the excellent Borderline Electra by Stevie Helps.

Best Band/Act
Our legends were active, as ever...Hooky and the Light embarked on a worldwide tour, and Happy Mondays proved that they are a still amongst the best, and a bona-fide festival headliner act...In this category we look to the next generation of musicians...Ren Harvieu had a productive year with gigs from Salford to Mexico City, and shone at Salford Music Festival along with other established local favourites Blaney and Garsoons.

The Salford Star released a CD that was jam-packed with a ridiculous amount of local talent: Cinnamon Dinner, Chris Flynn and Nicola Greenwood were among a stellar line-up full of worthy winners. Last year's winners The Moods went from strength to strength enhancing their reputation as one of the greatest live acts around. Factory Acts continued to mesmerise with shows and new releases. The Sandells oozed class at The Eagle Inn and Four Candles proved that music can still be intense, intimidating and passionate.

Patchwork Rattlebag continued to impress in a genre that is completely their own and Dominic Carlton Jones delivered an album of sublime poignancy. Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life was a Tennyson-esque treatise on love, loss and spirit. Added to that, Rose and the Diamond Hand returned with other-worldly brilliance.


* Feel free to contact us to vote for any of the above or to nominate a different act, band, drama or performer as we look to celebrate the very best of Salford. Put comments or suggestions in the box below, or on the Salford Star Facebook page or email info@salfordstar.com


Words by Ian Leslie

Dave Wardy Ward wrote
at 06:50:53 on 02 January 2019
Best Performer Simon Williams my person to break through this year and become the next big thing out of Salford, seen him 3 times he just gets better each time with different material, unlike some
 
Norma B rown wrote
at 06:49:42 on 02 January 2019
The things we tell the hours after midnight by Libby Hall. Brilliantly written and performed by all the cast,kept you interested right to the end. Great show
 
Scott Parkinson wrote
at 12:44:32 on 31 December 2018
Best Performer Simon Williams Best Drama Brian Gorman Best Band The Moods
 
Susan Purcell wrote
at 12:44:23 on 31 December 2018
I would like to vote for The Things We Tell The Hours After Midnight by Libby Hall. The play was superbly written and performed. The characters were brought to life by a talented cast and the drama kept you gripped throughout as the evening events unravelled.
 
Nicole wrote
at 06:18:59 on 29 December 2018
I think, Simon Williams should win the best performer, he puts a lot of heart and emotion into every poem he does which is all about Salford. He is a true Salfordian.
 
Star wrote
at 10:06:51 on 28 December 2018
Luke Brown, the article says it is looking past Hooky and the Mondays 'to the next generation'. Cheers
 
ali clifford wrote
at 09:17:38 on 27 December 2018
I would like to vote for Brian Gorman and Giles Bastow's graphic novel and play New Dawn Fades. x
 
Luke Brown wrote
at 05:30:23 on 26 December 2018
What channel do any local/Salford bands or performers have Against those nominations. Peter hook Happy Monday’s etc etc etc Once again there’s no chance for the hard working Local bands A fix again for the established bands
 
mike duff wrote
at 18:25:48 on 24 December 2018
my vote is for simon williams...he bleeds salford..
 
michael macdonald wrote
at 11:15:58 on 24 December 2018
Simon Williams brilliant at what he does, not saying the rest ain't worthy, but there is only one for me Williams,
 
Mags Willis wrote
at 11:15:54 on 24 December 2018
Simon Williams saw him at Punk 9 he was out of this world,
 
Paul J Hughes wrote
at 10:56:38 on 24 December 2018
I would like to vote for Brian Gorman's graphic novel and play New Dawn Fades. I found the play both moving and humorous. The subject matter was dealt with sensitively, whilst providing an informative and fascinating insight into the story of Joy Division.. and the history of Manchester.
 
Paul J Hughes wrote
at 10:56:13 on 24 December 2018
I would like to vote for Brian Gorman's graphic novel and play New Dawn Fades. I found the play both moving and humorous. The subject matter was dealt with sensitively, whilst providing an informative and fascinating insight into the story of Joy Division.. and the history of Manchester.
 
karen Mansley wrote
at 10:55:59 on 24 December 2018
My vote would go to Simon Williams for his performance at The Save The Salford Star, he was brilliant on the day
 
Gavin E. wrote
at 10:55:45 on 24 December 2018
Quina Chapman is an amazing talent, fully deserving of this award. She gets my vote as a wonderful writer, brilliant performer and allround lovely human being. The work she does to promote and encourage grassroots arts is also incredibly impressive.
 
Peter Jones wrote
at 10:55:35 on 24 December 2018
Got to be Simon Williams brilliant performance on the day, loved it
 
Steve Smith wrote
at 10:55:10 on 24 December 2018
The lad who performed poetry at the Salford Star poetry set at Salford Precinct.
 
carole dunn wrote
at 10:54:55 on 24 December 2018
Got to be Williams all day long one of the funniest people I have ever met
 
jimmy jones wrote
at 10:54:47 on 24 December 2018
Was lucky enough to be at the save the Salford Star and you could tell Simon Williams cared so much about Salford , like you a real Salford Star
 
Donna Green wrote
at 10:54:31 on 24 December 2018
One winner for me WILLIAMS all day long
 
Craig Piggott wrote
at 10:54:19 on 24 December 2018
I know he is my mate but Williams is brilliant at performing Salford is lucky to have him
 
Mark j nighty wrote
at 10:53:56 on 24 December 2018
Simon Williams. Salford’s poet of the year by far
 
Jayne Gosnall wrote
at 10:53:33 on 24 December 2018
Quina Chapman was brilliant as Fan Girl. definitely gets my vote
 
Neil Riley wrote
at 07:47:15 on 23 December 2018
Brian Gorman's "One Man Bond" was real tour de force that made me laugh so much
 
ann henry wrote
at 07:47:05 on 23 December 2018
I would like to place my vote with borderline electra an amazing insite into the challenges and struggles of coping with mental health issues
 
Liz Sexton-Jones wrote
at 07:46:56 on 23 December 2018
I'd like to vote for Quina Chapman
 
Annabelle Stoodley wrote
at 07:46:48 on 23 December 2018
I'd like to vote Brian Gorman BOTH OMB and NDF graphic novel and play because of Brian's incred8bke skill, perception, senaitivity to, translation of the stories represent Brian's One Man Commitment to his art and outcome, he is inspirational, down to earth.
 
Keith Kenney wrote
at 07:46:31 on 23 December 2018
I would like to vote for borderline Electra by Stevie helps An amazing play about the struggles of mental health
 
Ivan Mills wrote
at 07:46:14 on 23 December 2018
Quina Chapman Best performer with Fan Girl very cleverly done and entertaining from start to finish. Keep an eye out for the name.
 
Laura Wyeth wrote
at 07:45:46 on 23 December 2018
Borderline electra
 
Mark j nighty wrote
at 07:45:26 on 23 December 2018
Best band suggestion Benefit State
 
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