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Bury St Edmunds and Thetford bands win big at NMG Awards

The Hunter Club, in Bury St Edmunds, was among winners from the area who scooped accolades at the New Music Generator (NMG) Awards, in The Apex, on September 6.

The seventh New Music Generator (NMG) Awards, which was hosted at The Apex in the town, had a handful of local winners, including The St Andrew's Street South club, which clinched the venue of the year accolade.

Nick Polley, co-owner and manager of the club, said: "It was great to win the award and especially just after our 10th birthday celebrations as well,

Nick Pooley with the The Hunter Club’s ‘Venue of the Year’ awardPicture by Mecha Morton
Nick Pooley with the The Hunter Club’s ‘Venue of the Year’ awardPicture by Mecha Morton

"This award is just shows how much of a group effort it is- from the artists and promoters that come here and the customers that believe in us."

The NMG Awards, were created by radio presenter and artist manager Tim Willett, are are linked to the New Music Generator radio show on Cambridge 105 Radio, which celebrates the achievements and potential of artists based in East Anglia.

Tims said: "I'm delighted that a crazy idea I had back in 2012 has developed into one of the highlights on the music scene calendar,

"I'm constantly astounded by how well supported the event is and going into The NMG Awards 8th year in 2020 it continues to grow even bigger. I'd like to thank everyone that makes the event possible and The Apex for hosting us so well.'

The club won its award by just four votes, beating the other nominees- The Portland Arms and The Blue Moon, both in Cambridge, The Smokehouse in Ipswich, and The Horn at Half Moon, in Bishop's Stortford.

But they were not the only Bury St Edmunds winners, with ambient pop duo, Amethysts, taking the Electronic and Urban category, grunge-pop band The Glitter Shop winning the Alternative award and Gaffa Tape Sandy scooping the Breakout Artist.

Pink Lemonade accepting their NMG award on the night. (16587539)
Pink Lemonade accepting their NMG award on the night. (16587539)

Nick said he is not surprised that bands from the town are being represented and beat their rivals at awards ceremonies like this.

He said: "It just shows what a great music scene we have here- it is nice to see others that came here in their early days, and some who still come here now, getting recognised too."

Thetford also had a winner with pop-punk trio, Pink Lemonade, who are soon set to release their debut EP soon, taking the Audience Choice prize.

This is the second year in a row sisters Frankie and Maddie Soan from the town, together with band mate Rhiannon Harris, from Attleborough, have won this award.

Maddie said: "It’s amazing to know we have so much support from everyone, it really helps us believe we can achieve anything."

The New Music Generator (NMG) airs every Wednesday evening from 7pm on Cambridge 105 Radio. Hosted by Tim Willett, the programme champions the local Cambridge music scene.

The two-hour flagship show includes live performances, a countdown of the Unsigned Chart, and a weekly gig guide.

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