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PPL reveals Northern Ireland’s most-played artists

By | Published on Friday 10 November 2017

Snow Patrol

It’s the Northern Irish Music Prize ceremony tomorrow night, which brings to a close a week of music-related events under the banner of Sound Of Belfast.

Collecting society PPL is one of the sponsors of that event, and ahead of all the award festivities it has done some number crunching to identify the most played Northern Irish artists of the 21st Century so far. And – based on PPL’s data – these are the acts harking from Northern Ireland who have enjoyed the most radio and telly plays since 2000…

1. Snow Patrol
2. Van Morrison
3. Feargal Sharkey
4. Ash
5. Two Door Cinema Club
6. The Divine Comedy
7. David Holmes
8. Them
9. The Undertones
10. Gary Moore

Say’s PPL’s Head Of Communications Lynne McDowell: “This most played list really serves as a reminder of how many great artists Northern Ireland has produced over the years. From heritage artists like Van Morrison and The Undertones to newer acts like Two Door Cinema Club, the local scene is clearly in rude health, as is exemplified by the quality of the artists nominated for this year’s Northern Irish Music Prize”.

The Sound Of Belfast proceedings continue up until tomorrow night’s awards bash, including an Industry Essentials programme hosted by Help Musicians NI at the Oh Yeah Centre today. As part of that programme CMU:DIY will take to the stage to provide a beginner’s guide to the streaming business, and how young artists can get their music online. CMU’s Chris Cooke will talk all things digital at 6pm.