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Call for UK’s best live act 2016

Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Adele and more are shortlisted for the best live act category at Nordoff Robbins' Silver Clef Awards, for which voting opens today

By IQ on 31 May 2016

Florence Welch, fromthephotopit, Silver Clef Awards 2016

Best female artist Florence Welch is also nominated for the best live act

image © fromthephotopit

Voting opens today for the 2016 Silver Clef Awards’ best live act category.

The Ticketmaster UK-sponsored award is the only category that can be voted on by the general public and is composed of 10 acts “handpicked by a panel of music industry experts, who sifted through Ticketmaster’s most searched artists who performed in the UK between March 2015 and March 2016”.

The nominees are AdeleLittle MixMuseThe 1975Ed SheeranBring Me the HorizonFlorence + the MachineCatfish and the BottlemenOne Direction and Rudimental.

Voting is either via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/best-live-act or by tweeting to the event’s organiser, music charity Nordoff Robbins (@NordoffRobbins1), using the hashtag #BLAartistname (for example #BLAadele).

The winners in the other categories have already been revealed: Lionel Richie will take home the O2 Silver Clef award, with Florence Welch picking up best female artist, Olly Murs best male artist, Jess Glynne best newcomer and André Rieu the PPL classical award.

Past best live act winners include Arctic Monkeys (2015), Justin Timberlake (2014), One Direction (2013), McFly (2012) and Sir Paul McCartney (2011).

Andrew Parsons, managing director of Ticketmaster UK, says: “We love working with Nordoff Robbins and are very proud to team up again in the hunt for the best live act act of 2016. Being the only award at the Silver Clefs voted for by the fans makes it a very special one, and with this shortlist it’s going to be a tight race. Good luck to all of the nominees.”

Voting closes on Friday 17 June. The awards, which raise money for Nordoff Robbins’s music therapy work, take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 1 July.