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Vampire Weekend and Enter Shikari among AIM winners (2013)

Story by Jack Foley

VAMPIRE Weekend and Enter Shikari were among the winners at this year’s third annual AIM Independent Music Awards (2013).

Vampire Weekend’s Diane Young took Independent Track of the Year while Enter Shikari followed on from 2012’s Independent Album of the Year win, taking home the Best Live Act Award.

Other acts to receive one of the 16 awards handed out on the night included The xx, who triumphed in the Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album category ahead of competition from the likes of John Grant and Villagers.

Independent Breakthrough Of The Year winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also took the PPL Award For The Most Played New Independent Act – the only artists to collect two awards on the night.

One of this year’s most acclaimed acts Daughter – signed to last year’s Independent Label Of The Year 4AD – won Independent Album Of The Year. And Independent Video of the Year went to Django Django’s WOR.

BBC 6music DJ Gilles Peterson picked up the Indie Champion prize, whilst host Steve Lamacq was honoured with a Special Recognition Award.

Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade Records and the Rough Trade Record Shop, and with four decades of cutting edge signings to his credit, took home the Pioneer Award, while Billy Bragg received the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, and celebrated his win with a set of classic tracks spanning his 30-year career.

AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS AT-A-GLANCE:

Best Live Act (voted for by visitors to the-fly.co.uk): Enter Shikari

Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7digital): Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Hardest Working Band Or Artist: Frankie & The Heartstrings

Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with XFM): The xx – ‘Co-exist’

Independent Album Of The Year (in association with Record Store Day): Daughter – ‘If You Leave’

Best Small Label (in association with Disc Manufacturing Services): Alcopop! Records

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Special Catalogue Release Of The Year (in association with Amazon): Various Artists – Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie Pop 1980 – 89

Independent Label Of The Year (in association with Coutts): Warp

Independent Track Of The Year (in association with Spotify): Vampire Weekend – ‘Diane Young’

Independent Video Of The Year (in association with Vevo): Django Django – ‘WOR’

Indie Champion Award (in association with Consolidated Independent): Gilles Peterson – BBC 6music

Golden Welly Award (in association with UK Music, AIF + This Is Fake DIY): In The Woods

Special Recognition Award: Steve Lamacq – BBC 6music

Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with eMusic): Billy Bragg

Pioneer Award (in association with Nokia Music): Geoff Travis, Rough Trade