Great night as bands scoop top South West awards
HUGE congratulations to South Devon bands Babysnakes and the Humanitarians for scooping top awards at this year's South West Music Awards.
The awards ceremony took place at Exeter's Rougemont Hotel last week and the list of nominations included a host of familiar faces from the South Devon music scene.
Babysnakes scooped the Best Album of 2012 award for their eponymous debut, while the Humanitarians took Best EP for the new release Call The Police.
Christian Pitocco, of Babysnakes, said: "We were absolutely stoked to win.
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"We were up for three awards, best video, best band and best album, and we thought we might have had a chance in the video category.
"When that came and went we thought our chance had gone, but to win best album, beating the likes of Joss Stone, was amazing.
"We have obviously got a bit of a buzz going at the moment."
Babysnakes, who closed the awards show with a live set, are currently working on a new EP which is due out at the end of the year. Live dates are planned when the new music is completed.
Humanitarians' frontman John Mathew said the band were 'absolutely ecstatic' to receive their award.
He said: "We couldn't believe it. We are all thrilled.
"It comes during a really good spell for us, with the EP for sale and download, and receiving airplay on BBC Radio Six Music."
You can hear the Humanitarians for yourself in a gig at the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth tomorrow night.
The coveted Best Act award went to Mad Dog McRea.
Other award winners were:
Best acoustic act, Katie Marie; Best folk act, Philip Henry and Hanna Martin; Best indie/punk act, The Computers; Best blues act, The Wildcards; Best country/Americana act, Mike Shameless; Best reggae/ska act, Melosa; Best jazz act, The Swing Empire; Best soul/RnB act, The Loose Cannons; Best metal/rock act, I Divide; Best new artist, Maz Totterdell; Best music video, Places in Dreams by Casitas.
Best FM DJ, John Govier of BBC Radio Devon; Beacon of the South West Award 2012, Show of Hands; Best producer, Lee Fletcher; Best tribute act, The Fab Beatles.
The evening featured live performances from The Simmertones, Maz Totterdell, Honey Sol, Secrets for September and Mark Felgate.