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Welsh Music Prize 2018 shortlist revealed, including Gruff Rhys, Boy Azooga and more

15 October 2018, 16:02 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The Welsh Music Prize has revealed its 2018 shortlist. Boy Azooga, Gruff Rhys, Gwenno and more could have a chance at scooping this year's prize.

12 Welsh albums have made this year's Welsh Music Prize shortlist, which was created in 2011 by Welsh radio DJ Huw Stephens.

Last year's Welsh Music Prize went to Gentle Good, a Cardiff folk singer/songwriter, for his Ruins/Adfeilion album.

Despite Gruff Rhys winning the Welsh Music Prize back in 2011, and Gwenno in 2015, the two continue to appear on this year's shortlist.

Welsh Music Prize 2018 Shortlist

  1. Alex Dingley - Beat The Bubble
  2. Astroid Boys - Broke
  3. Boy Azooga - 1, 2, Kung Fu!
  4. Bryde - Like an Island
  5. Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brooks - Pontvane
  6. Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita - SOAR
  7. Gwenno - Le Kov
  8. Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg
  9. Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile
  10. MELLT - Mae'n Hawdd Pan Ti'n Ifanc
  11. Seazoo - Trunks
  12. Toby Hay - The Longest Day

Speaking about this year's shortlist, Huw Stephens explained, "These albums have found audiences worldwide, the musicians are incredible talented ambassadors for Wales and this year's Welsh Music Prize proves that creativity in music from Wales is at an all time high."

This year's decision will be made by a panel of industry experts before being announced at an invite-only show at Cardiff's Coal Exchange on 7 November.
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