ACC has created a series of Awards Showcases to celebrate and recognise the unbelievable talent we have across our campuses.
The events took place in all 7 cities we call home and were designed to showcase emerging artists, while awarding outstanding achievement both creatively and educationally. It was our very own awards show that celebrates our students success of 2019 in music, media, games and events and were designed to showcase emerging artists, while awarding students for their dedication and hard work over the year.
Each campus had live music performances from students, games exhibitions and media showreels with a bit of their city incorporated in. Although each event was a regional celebration, we also included national awards to showcase the creative talent from across the country.
Students and tutors were able to nominate themselves for a series of awards and the winners at each campus were then put forward for a set of overarching national awards, which came with prizes and trophies.
The Awards kicked off on Tuesday 2nd July in London at the buzzing, atmospheric venue, Cargo. Cargo is a well-established and popular nightlife venue in East London which set the scene perfectly. Miebaka hosted the night along with XSARA and Namesbliss. Throughout the awards students had the chance to perform live and showcase what ACC had taught them over the past year. Students won awards in all areas such as music, media, games and events, with Ben Viney taking home the national award for Events / Live Sound Student of the Year
The following day, Norwich held their awards in the exceptional TV production, media and entertainment centre, Epic studios. The venue was filled with excited students and supportive parents eager to know who had won what. The night was hosted by Centre Manager Dan Foden, who channelled his inner Dermot O’leary for the night. He introduced amazing singer Lily-Ann who sang an original It’s not that Easy which started the show off on a high, showcasing her raw and mesmerising voice.
Throughout the night numerous students showcased their work, games and media included. A showreel of all the work they had created over the past year lit up the room on two huge screens, loud and proud. A number of national awards were won by Norwich students including Rose Evans who won best song across all 7 campuses, as well as 2 national awards that were won in games with Jaydon Frazer for Best Game and Ryan Drake for Best Game Design and Development. Finalising the evening with another national win from Kaley Grimson-Smith who bagged the Events/Live Sound Progress Award.
Manchester was held on the same night and was hosted in the landmark building in the music hall of The Deaf Institute. The venue was packed with students and supporters who sat in anticipation wondering who had won. It was a proud evening for Manchester as Aknubia Holden, took home the national Best Games Art Award!
Throughout the night there were performances by our talented pool of musicians including rapper / poet, SAF-S2E and Paul Silve. Closing the night was a DJ set by Manchester student, Josh Brownson who had previously been nominated for a UK Remix Award with B-Side Project!
The Blue Room was taken over by ACC Lincoln on the same evening and was located in the beautiful historic cathedral quarter of the city. The stage was superbly presented with a giant screen, backline and full lighting rig, all set up and operated by the Event Production students. Exhibitions of photographic work and games art were laid out in the foyer, while the event consisted of performances from artists and producers, interspersed with the awards. Jonny Holmes gave a confident and assured performance, which included a memorable version of Bowie’s Wild is the Wind, before being presented with the Best Solo Artist award. Media student, Carmen Bratosin, won Best Media Project for her creative idents and showreels for the teen TV market.
To close the awards as a whole the final three campus’ Bristol, York, Birmingham held their awards.
The elegant 4-star venue, The Grand hotel in Bristol, was taken over by the excitement of our Bristol ACC students. The stage was set in preparation for student performances and opened by Music Performance student, Liam Allen Ross. Two 65” TV screens were situated in the Ballroom showcasing the work from the Creative Media and Games students whilst photography examples were also on display demonstrating a wide selection of students creativity.
The awards categories AV was expertly created by Media Tutor, Matthew Fenlon which showed all nominees names and photos’ and then examples of the winners work which was projected onto a large screen and presented by the evening’s host, Jules. Throughout the evening performances were given by a selection of accomplished and exciting music acts such as Sylvia Daley, Lebo and The Grooves. We also celebrated the collaborations which took place this year between the Music Producers X4 and Otto and Vocal Artists Ellie Jane and Britney, along with a screening of Leo Geake’s Music Video and Morgan Cockrams Composition piece for an animated Game. All pathways were celebrated extensively..
Droogs particularly caused a frenzy in the room with their energetic and insane performance of 3 originals pieces observing lead singer Joe, standing on one of the ‘posh’ round tables. Droogs then went on to win Best Band Nationally which was a great end to what was a very successful and well attended evening of celebration.
The creative space known as The Crescent Community Venue was taken over by our York campus and transformed into an elegant and creative awards evening. The awards kicked off with an acoustic performance by Michelle Best which was followed by an introduction to the event. One of the great things about the York event is that performances took place in between the awards, a great way to showcase the unbelievable talent we have in York.
One of the main standout performances was that of Nadedja, who won Best Solo Artist. Not only does she have a captivating voice which she accompanies with the piano, but as she is originally from Brazil, she sang in both English and Portugese. Mind blowing.
The awards came to a close by Leon Cawthorne-Gray who won the National Award for Best Producer. Shayler burgess ended the whole event on a high with his incredible and meaningful performance.
The awards was hosted by ex-student EL Sam at Birmingham’s best live music and club night venue, The Mill. Small purple flowers adorned the way to the lovely rooftop venue. The awards were opened by Birmingham’s own AD4 students who performed their own rendition of The Greatest Showman. Throughout the show students had a chance to showcase their work. Tom Radcliffe, who won Best Photo also won the chance to showcase his work at his own exhibition at Digbeth Art Gallery. As the Awards showcases awards ceremony came to a close the night had only just begun as DJ sets and live performances took place closing the night with a high.
We would like to say well done to all the nominees and winners! You should all be very proud of yourselves, the awards really showcased the unbelievable talent we have at ACC!