Dolphin Awards celebrate local music scene

THE trophies have been made, the venue has been booked and the musos are already tuning their instruments.

Co-ordinator Rod Tyson this week said everything was falling into place for the Dolphin Awards, which are to be staged at ONE nightclub, in Mary Gilhooleys Irish Pub in Lismore, on Wednesday.

Organised by the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA), the event will feature the best of North Coast talent and reward the efforts of artists and industry workers in numerous award categories.

Mr Tyson said a major focus of this year's awards would be youth.

As a follow-up to the Dolphin Awards, NCEIA is teaming up with Splendour in The Grass to present four youth-orientated events.

Mr Tyson said an awards night and fashion parade would be held later in the year to recognise the achievements and excellence of youth on the North Coast.

There would also be a youth conference, a fundraising event called Bands in the Park and an electronic workshop.

"We're really about recognising and rewarding musical talent in the area and a lot of that talent is youth-orientated," he said.

A number of young people have also been nominated for Wednesday's awards show.

Mr Tyson said the winner of the best emerging talent category would walk away with a weekend of recording time with an engineer.

The evening would also feature entertainment from Monarchy, Andy Holmes, The Hottentots, Invisible Friends, Carola Christian and the Dirty Funk Affair and Diana Anaid.

Tickets to the Dolphin Awards are available from Music Bizarre Lismore and from All Music and Vision's three locations in Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore.

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