AIM Independent Music Awards 2015

Announced at an exclusive launch at House of Vans London, the Association of Independent Music is pleased to reveal the nominees for the 5th annual AIM Independent Music Awards.

Revealed by Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker and Absolute Radio’s Danielle Perry, the list highlights the diversity and creative talent of independent music in 2015.

The health of the current independent music scene is writ large with a total of 43 artists in the running for 9 artist awards. Leading the pack with three nominations each are Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, FKA twigs and Alt-J. While Bjork, Jme, Wolf Alice and Ghostpoet all receive two nods.  A unique creative space housing artist studios, a gallery, music space, skatepark and more, House of Vans London is known for its work supporting the music industry, and proved a perfect backdrop for this year’s nominees launch.

The coveted Independent Label Of The Year award will be contested by Epitaph Records, Erased Tapes Records, Heavenly Records, Planet Mu Records and Transgressive Records. Following in their footsteps, BASICK Records, High Focus Records and Rocket Girl will battle it out for the Best Small Label award along with Erased Tapes Records and Planet Mu Records, who find themselves nominated in both label categories this year.

Once again, the nominations honour the full spectrum of independent music in 2015, as nominees for Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album including Alabama Shakes, Holly Herndon, Nadine Shah, The 2 Bears and Young Fathers stand side-by-side with those nominated for the Independent Breakthrough of The Year, Courtney Barnett, FKA twigs, Run The Jewels, Songhoy Blues and Wolf Alice.

The full list of nominees is below, with the winners revealed at the ceremony hosted by XFM’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy and Radio 1’s Alice Levine at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on 8th September. Tickets are sold out, but a limited number of afterparty tickets are available now from:

Independent labels have a well deserved reputation for caring about their artists and this year AIM are delighted to be partnering with Help Musicians UK as the first official awards charity. AIM and Help Musicians will be raising funds for the important work the charity does supporting musicians at every stage of their career, from emerging professionals needing help with their career, to established musicians who’ve hit a crisis, long-term illness or are reaching retirement. For more information visit -