The results are in. Thanks to all who voted and congrats to the winners…
Best Band – The View
Since their debut in 2007, Scottish indie rockers and festival favourites The View have been a constant presence on the music scene. With a new album out last year it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon either.
Best Female Artist – Florence Welch
If anyone was in any doubt about the power of Florence Welch, last year saw Florence + The Machine release a third outstanding album and headline Glastonbury. Seemingly one of the most grounded, and simultaneously talented, female artists, this is a much-deserved title for Florence.
Best Male Artist – Noel Gallagher
Love him or loathe him, Noel Gallagher remains one of the most vocal artists – both on record and in the media – more than 20 years since Oasis debuted. While recent solo album Chasing Yesterday may not hit the heights of his former band’s seminal works, Noel’s domination of the vote suggests fans remain in awe of the elder Gallagher.
Best Live Act – Slaves
The past few years have seen the band nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2015 and release their debut album, yet it seems their live shows impress fans the most. Sticking to their punk roots, their raucous shows are as mental as you’d expect.
Best Album – Reverend and The Makers, Mirrors
Despite The 1975’s Matt Healy telling Reverend and The Makers that they “make music for Carling adverts in 2006”, they’ve won our readers over with Mirrors, their fifth studio album. Frontman John McClure: “Made up to win the Best Album award from GigSlutz. At last a music site with some taste.”
Best Festival – Glastonbury
As though it would be anything else… Despite Foo Fighters being unable to play and failed petitions to boot Kanye off the bill, Glastonbury was an unequivocal success. Same as it ever was.
Best Unsigned Artist – Viola Beach
After their untimely passing, Viola Beach received the attention they deserved with previous single ‘Swings & Waterslides’ reaching the top 20 thanks to a campaign to give the band the recognition they deserved. Unsigned at the time of their nomination, the band’s record label will be donating all proceeds to the band’s families. Conrad Murray of SJM: “They were a truly talented bunch of young men on the cusp of something very special and it was always a pleasure to be in their presence.”
Breakthrough Artist – Blossoms
Since being discovered by The Coral’s James Skelly, it’s all been pretty uphill for Blossoms. In 2016, they’re sitting comfortably as one of the most exciting new bands around with a constantly growing fanbase and an apparent power to take over the world of new music.
Best Comeback – The Libertines
The Libertines’ comeback was one of the most anticipated in recent years; little surprise given the 11 year break between albums. With Anthems For Doomed Youth and a triumphant arena tour in early 2016, Pete, Carl, John and Gary pulled it off.
Big in 2016 – Cupids
Though 2015 saw Cupids beginning to take off, 2016 is really set to be their year. Having already played a string of shows for This Feeling, the band are ready to step up a gear. Sid Cooper: “This is a massive year for us and we can’t tell you enough how much we appreciated everyone who’s voted. We’ve the best fans in the world.”