The Fly Awards 2014

The Forum, Kentish Town
Thursday February 6th, 2014

by Amanda Farley

Last night The Forum in Kentish Town played host to The Fly Awards. This was the music magazine’s inaugural award ceremony designed to celebrate ‘the innovators, risk-takers and true originals of modern music’.   The ceremony marked The Fly’s celebration of its 15th year as a nationally distributed magazine, and featured performances by The Horrors, Thurston Moore, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club and Wild Beasts.

Hosted by Chris Cain, and Keith Murray from ‘We Are Scientists’, the night saw bands including Wolf Alice, The Horrors, Arctic Monkeys, Haim and many others picking up awards.  Bombay Bicycle Club kicked the night off in style while Peace went on to steal the show with their electric performance including a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s Good Times Bad Times.

Do I Wanna Know? saw the Arctic Monkeys take home the prize for Song of 2013, while Wolf Alice were named Ones To Watch in 2014.  Foals beat acts Daft Punk, Haim and Janelle Monae to take home Artist Of The Year. Meanwhile, The Horrors picked up the Outstanding Artistry Award while Haim won Best Live Act.  Other winners included Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as Living Legend, Parquet Courts’ Borrowed Time as Album of 2013, and Glastonbury as Festival of the Year.

If the nakedness of the host at the end of the night is a sign of things to come, The Fly Awards 2015 should be very fun indeed.

The full list of winners of The Fly Awards 2014 are:

Festival of the Year: Glastonbury

Album of the Year: Parquet Courts

Venue of the Year: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Song of 2013: Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Ones to watch 2014: Wolf Alice

Best Live Act: Haim

Label of the Year: Rough Trade

Outstanding Artistry Award: The Horrors

Local Hero: Sister Ray, London

Artist of the Year: Foals

Living Legend: Thurston Moore

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