Three more O2 Silver Clef winners announced: The Clash, Vampire Weekend, Ray Davies
We are delighted to announce three more Silver Clef winners:
One of the UK's most influential bands, The Clash, are to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award
New York's phenomenal four-piece, Vampire Weekend, are to receive the Raymond Weil Best International Award
Ray Davies, who started his legendary career in the 1960s, writing some of the decade's best-loved songs, will receive the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award
The star-studded event, in support of music charity Nordoff Robbins, a favourite charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Despite disbanding in 1986, The Clash have maintained a global following and continue to attract new fans. Mick Jones from The Clash says, "To be given the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins is a real honour. Nordoff Robbins do great work and it feels special to be recognised at the O2 Silver Clef Awards."
David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said, "The Clash's music has just as much influence today as it did when they first came onto the music scene in 1976. It is no wonder 'London Calling' has been described as one of the most influential rock albums of all time. The O2 Silver Clef Award, the most prestigious of the ten awards handed out at the event, is given to a British artist in recognition of their contribution to UK music. Having been enormously influential in the UK music scene for over 35 years, I can think of no band more deserving of this award than The Clash."
Shadi Halliwell, Head of Brand, O2 said: "We've worked with Nordoff Robbins for over 10 years and we're as enthusiastic about our partnership now as we were on that very first day. We believe that music can make a difference and so we are proud to be associated with such invaluable work. The commitment and energy that Nordoff Robbins put into improving the lives of others is inspirational and we're delighted to support an event that helps to celebrate that."
Vampire Weekend, the New York four-piece who are to receive the Raymond Weil Best International Award, are currently on a sold-out UK tour. Lead singer and guitarist Ezra Koenig says, "We are very happy to have been picked for this award. Thank you."
David Munns said "With their unique sound and cult following, Vampire Weekend have made a real name for themselves not just in America but around the world. They truly are one of the must see bands on the international circuit and a worthy winner of the Raymond Weil International Award."
Craig Leach, Director of Raymond Weil says "Since 2000 Raymond Weil has had the pleasure of working with Nordoff Robbins, 'This year, Raymond Weil has teamed up with JLS to launch a new social media campaign designed to increase the public's understanding and awareness of the great work that Nordoff Robbins does with some of the country's most vulnerable children and adults. We are proud and honoured to have collaborated with Nordoff Robbins and to have witnessed their relentless efforts to transform lives through music therapy. Again we are delighted to sponsor the Award for Best International Artist at this year's Silver Clef Awards in London."
Singer-songwriter Ray Davies, will be awarded the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award. Commenting recently after being presented with his Ivor Novello Award by Ray Davies, Noel Gallagher said of Davies "It's funny to be stood beside someone you'll never be as good as."
Ray Davies said "Thank you Nordoff Robbins – to be named your Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock is fantastic. The work you do is amazing and this is a real honour."
David Munns said "Ray Davies was responsible for writing some of the best-loved songs of the 60s. The Kinks' music was and remains hugely influential and he is incredibly deserving of the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock Award. As one of the UK's greatest ever singer songwriters, we are honoured to have him in the room."
David Pellow, Area Vice President of Operations Europe for Hard Rock International said "Hard Rock International have a life long commitment to Philanthropy, each year we're thrilled to support the exciting work of our longstanding charity partner Nordoff Robbins at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Always a great event and we are excited to be honouring Ray Davies this year with our Ambassadors of Rock Award."
David Munns goes on to say: "Since the Silver Clef Awards began 38 years ago, the event has raised over £8 million for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people with music therapy. But we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them. This year, we hope to raise £500,000 from the Awards to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK."
Overall 10 awards will be presented. Those already announced include:
• Barry Gibb, who will receive the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
• Coldplay who will win the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
• Alison Moyet who will receive the Investec Icon Award
• Labrinth, who will be awarded the American Express Innovation Award
• Alison Balsom who will win the PPL Classical Award
• Jessie Ware who will win the MusicQubed Newcomer Award
• The final Award, Best Live Act, voted for by the public, will be announced the day of the awards.