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Irish Heartbeat: Top music honours out to net your vote.

ONE of Ulster's top music Internet sites is turning to the computer generation for their views on the local scene.

Oh Yeah, run by NME/Hot Press scribe Stuart Bailie, is inviting votes for its 1999 Northern Ireland Music Awards.

"Oh Yeah is presenting Northern Ireland music to a worldwide audience," said Stuart.

"These awards are to celebrate and showcase musical talent from all over the province."

The site is at www.oh yeah.net - and here's a look at some of their nominees, plus our own penny's worth.

Act of the Year: Ash, Ursula Burns, Cuckoo, Divine Comedy, Kieran Goss, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Watercress.

BN: Snow Patrol.

Album of the Year: Ash (Nu-clear Sounds), Cuckoo (Breathing Lessons), Rare (Peoplefreak), Snow Patrol (Songs For Polar Bears), Watercress (Bummer), Andy White (Compilation).

BN: Watercress.

Single of the Year: Asterix (Laura Loves), Divine Comedy (Generation Sex), Roo (Bridget), Watercress (Space Girl), Arthur Magee (Perfect Day).

BN: Asterix.

Gig of the Year: Manics (Ulster Hall), Mercury Rev (Limelight), U2/Ash (Waterfront Hall), Primal Scream (Rialto)

BN: Peace or no peace, this one should go to Manics or Mercury Rev.

Best Club: Shine, Stereotype, Ski Bunny, Numb, Breakdown.

BN: I co-own one of these. No comment!

Best New Act: BASIC, Cecil's Flea Circus, Desert Hearts, Manor, Throat, Hedrock Valley Beats, Tura Artura.

BN: They all deserve it.

There is also a special award for services to Northern Ireland music.

The awards will be presented in February, at a venue to be confirmed.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 17, 1999
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