Ash will receive a special Legend award presentation followed by a live performance at the Mandela Hall, Belfast, November 11.
Ash will be the latest recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award. This recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.
After receiving the Legend Award, Ash will perform their debut album ‘1977’, which was released 20 years ago.
The Ash story is a remarkable one. Formed at Downpatrick High School in 1992, they have secured two Number One albums in the UK plus 18 Top 40 singles. Front man Tim Wheeler won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Pop Song in 2001 for ‘Shining Light’. Their music has featured on numerous film soundtracks and video games. They have sold over eight million records worldwide.
The Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall.
Previous NI Music Prize winners are:
SOAK – ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ (2015)
Robyn G Shiels - ‘The Blood of the Innocents’ (2014)
Foy Vance - ‘Joy Of Nothing’ (2013)
The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast that will take place November 4-12.