LWM Awards 2022 - The Winners

Here we are then. The winners take it all. Then again, you can't be a winner if there aren't any losers, right? So here's to all those who created something and put it out in the world to be judged. Here's to all those who poured their hearts out in to sing and hit record. Here's to all those who decided to follow a dream of being a star, making art or just finding a way to get laid. You're all winners to me and I couldn't love you more. For now, however, here's my arbitrary list of the winningest winners in town. What you do with this information is up to you....See you in 2023 for more fun amigos. 

Best Band (UK) 2022 Winner


If you're looking inventiveness, edge, cool, melodies, humour and a sense of je ne sais quoi then turn your face towards the marvellous Wooze and soak it all in. Uber impressive and, well, I'm a little bit in love.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Woozeband  

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Pattern Pusher 

2020 Winner – Erotic Secrets of Pompeii

2019 Winner – Dinosaur Pile-Up 

2018 Winner – Black Futures 

2017 Winner - Rews 

2016 Winner – Narcs / Berries 

2015 Winner - Allusondrugs 


Best Band (South West) 2022 Winner

Colour TV

Cornish indie upstarts Colour TV zoomed in to my affections late in 2021 but 2022 cemented that love as they took their music to a bigger audience and continued with releasing quality songs. Expect more in 2023 and no doubt they will deliver. 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/onourcolourtv

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Long For The Coast 

2020 Winner – Moriaty 

2019 Winner – Pattern Pusher 

2018 Winner – The Velvet Hands 

2017 Winner – The Malthusian Trap 

2016 Winner – Wildwood Kin 

2015 Winner – Lost Dawn / Sound of the Sirens


Best Band (International) 2022 Winner 


Irish collective M(h)aol might have a name that is incompatible with Spotify but then they never set out for compatibility. There's an album due in 2023 but for now just feast on a clutch of fantastically raw and intensely brilliant songs.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/mhaol

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Monowhales (Canada) 

2020 Winner – Larkin Poe (USA) 

2019 Winner – Fontaines D.C. (Republic of Ireland) 

2018 Winner – The Nectars (USA) 

2017 Winner – Parekh & Singh (India) 

2016 Winner – The Watanabes (Japan) 

2015 Winner – Failure Machine (USA) 


Best Solo Male (UK) 2022 Winner 

Joe Hicks

Great songwriting, a seriously high quality album and a range of increasingly impressive set of live dates, 2022 was undeniably the year of Joe Hicks. He's taking his music over to Germany in 2023 and I think they're going to love him just as much as I do.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/joehicksmusic

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner - Mrley 

2020 Winner – Riaz Ahmad 

2019 Winner – Xam Volo 

2018 Winner – Joshua Kyeot 

2017 Winner – Jamie Lenman 

2016 Winner – Jake Morley 

2015 Winner – Cosmo Sheldrake


Best Solo Male (South West) 2022 Winner 

Andy Quick

In the year that live music properly returned to the world after the pandemic, it had to be Andy Quick's year. The Westcountry solo artist and frontman for Land of the Giants put in some legendary live performances as well as releasing original new material and creative videos to boot.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/AndyQuickMusic

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Jamie Yost 

2020 Winner – Ollie Dixon 

2019 Winner – Samantics 

2018 Winner – Matthew Gordon Price 

2017 Winner – Gozer Goodspeed/Martyn Crocker 


Best Solo Male (International) 2022 Winner

Fantastic Negrito 

A triumphant album full of grooves and sharp social commentary as well as touring the world and pumping out a string of superb singles - those were the headlines for Fantastic Negrito's 2022 and who can argue with that. Fantastic by name, fantastic by nature.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/fantasticnegrito

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Yves Paquet (Belgium) 

2020 Winner – Jacknife Lee (Republic of Ireland) 

2019 Winner – Duckwrth (USA) 

2018 Winner – Simon Lynge (Greenland)

2017 Winner – Noah Gundersen (USA) 


Best Solo Female (UK) 2022 Winner

Nina Nesbitt

I saw Nina Nesbitt live for the second time this year, I adored her latest album and her songs made me laugh and cry like nobody was watching (largely because nobody was watching but also because the songs were excellent). A genuine pop icon that the world is lucky to have.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/NinaNesbitt

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner - Penfriend 

2020 Winner – Tina Boonstra 

2019 Winner – Lauran Hibberd 

2018 Winner – Pip Hall 

2017 Winner – Poppy Ackroyd 

2016 Winner – Joanna Cooke / Lulu James 

2015 Winner – Malka 


Best Solo Female (South West) 2022 Winner

Sounds Like Lily 

Still fairly new on the scene but already demanding your attention, Devon artist Sounds Like Lily is the kind of talent that has the world at her feet. Then again, her music is so chilled and dreamy that she's hardly out there looking for world domination. Superb natural talent.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/SoundsLikeLily

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Maisy Grace 

2020 Winner - Yazzy 

2019 Winner – Rise 

2018 Winner – Joanna Cooke 

2017 Winner – Rosie the Crow 


Best Solo Female (International) 2022 Winner

Jaguar Jonze

2022 was the year that Jaguar Jonze took things to the next level with the complete package of a great album, outstanding songs and the kind of visuals that make people realise that you mean business. It's been an honour and a privilege to enjoy the ride.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/jaguarjonze

Previous Winners 

2021 Winners – Chaii (New Zealand)/UPSAHL (USA) 

2020 Winner – Madison Beer (USA) 

2019 Winners – Tami Neilson (Canada/Australia)/Mavis Staples (USA) 

2018 Winner – Grace Inspace (USA) 

2017 Winner – Deqn Sue (USA) 


Best Single 2022 Winner

Joe Hicks ‘Mirror Mirror 

The entirety of Joe Hicks' album 'The Best I Could Do At The Time' is superb but the single 'Mirror Mirror' stands out as a track that deals with ageing, fear and paranoia but set to an infectious riff and an ear worm of a melody. It is my favourite song of the year.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/joehicksmusic

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Fickle Friends ‘Love You To Death’ 

2020 Winner – The Clockworks ‘Enough Is Never Enough’ 

2019 Winner – Ferris & Sylvester ‘I Dare You’ / Bicuruious ‘I Don’t Do Drugs, I Just Sweat A Lot’ 

2018 Winner – X Ambassadors ‘Joyful’ 

2017 Winner – She Makes War ‘I Want My Country Back’ / Moses ‘King Size’ 

2016 Winner – Mowbeck ‘Vaseline’ / Childcare ‘Cinema Club’ 

2015 Winner – Azu Yeche ‘Lagos’ 


Best EP 2022 Winner

Nobro – Love Your Truth Shred Some Gnar

Riffs, melodies and raw power all wrapped up in a bundle of cool. Nobro's 'Lover Your Truth Shred Some Gnar' is instantly enjoyable but also stands up to repeated listening extremely well.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/nobrocity

Previous Winners

2021 Winner – Wooze ‘Get Me To A Nunnery’

2020 Winner – Tina Boonstra ‘City of Doubt’ 

2019 Winner – Sick Joy ‘Them Days’ 

2018 Winner – Jones ‘New York’ 

2017 Winner – Mux ‘Can You See Who?’ 

2016 Winner – Joanna Cooke ‘Wound Up’ / Bare Hunter ‘Dry Rot’

2015 Winner – Alex Gregory ‘Critical Perfection EP’  


Best Album 2022 Winner

Jamie Lenman ‘The Atheist’ 

The latest album from the prolific Jamie Lenman, 'The Atheist', is simply an outstanding collection of songs that would challenge for the best album award in any year. Power, melody, wry lyrics and the kind of variety that keeps you guessing - it's all here and much, much more.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/jamielenman

Previous Winners 

2021 Winners – Zuzu ‘Queensway Tunnel’/UPSAHL ‘Lady Jesus’  

2020 Winners – Nana Adjoa ‘Big Dreaming Ants’/Moriaty ‘The Die Is Cast’ 

2019 Winners – William the Conqueror ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ / X Ambassadors ‘Orion’ 

2018 Winners – The Nectars ‘Sci-Fi Television’ / Henge ‘Attention! Earth’ 

2017 Winners – Noah Gundersen ‘White Noise’ / Rews ‘Pyro’ 

2016 Winners – Narcs ‘A Thinking Animal’ / Jake Morley ‘The Manual 

2015 Winners – Lost Dawn / Malka 


Best Video 2022 Winner

Wooze 'Huge Axeman'

Bonkers but brilliant animated adventures of the 'Huge Axeman' is the only rational accompaniment to a song that makes no rational sense. Creativity and art combining brilliantly.

Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwU1FZrXoi8

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Middle Kids ‘Questions’ 

2020 Winner – Spang Sisters ‘Eddie Murphy’ 

2019 Winner – Penguin Café ‘Chapter’ 

2018 Winner – Calva Louise ‘Tug of War’ / LibraLibra ‘Tongues’ 

2017 Winner – Vei ‘Rolling on You Romeo’ 

2016 Winner – Michelle O Faith ‘Lemonade’ 

2015 Winner – Husky ‘I’m Not Coming Back’ 


Best Live Show 2022 Winner

Bicurious @ The Junction, Plymouth 

I'd wanted to see the Ireland based duo for a long time so when this date popped up in my hometown I had to go. Sadly, only about four other people turned up but they still put on a note perfect, energetic and brilliantly intense show that will love long in the memory. Bicurious rock - fact.

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Bailey Tomkinson @ Panda Fest, Lanivet 

2020 Winner – Wille Edwards & Andy Quick @ the Village Hall, Downderry 

2019 Winner – Shihad @ the Thekla, Bristol 

2018 Winner – Looe Saves the Day Festival, Looe 

2017 Winner – Wildwood Kin @ The Brook Inn, Plymouth 

2016 Winner – Blogtober 2016 feat. Berries / Pattern Pusher / Seaker / Jamie Yost / Rosa Belle 

2015 Winner – Tankus the Henge @ Looe Music Festival 


Best Band Name 2022 Winner

Robocobra Quartet 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/RobocobraQuartet

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Mandrake Handshake 

2020 Winner – Death By Unga Bunga 

2019 Winner – Those Fucking Snowflakes 

2018 Winner – Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? 

2017 Winner – Playboy Manbaby 

2016 Winner – Yes Babez! / Taco Hell / Queen of Jeans 2015 Winner – Get Inuit / Rangleklods 


Best Debut 2022 Winners

Peaness ‘World Full of Worry’ 

The Assist ‘Council Pop’ 

Both the Assist and Peaness released brilliant debut albums in 2022 and I can't split them apart. So much so, that both bands share the Best Debut and Best Year Awards. Bravo.  

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – DEJA ‘Intro EP’ 

2020 Winner – Nana Adjoa ‘Big Dreaming Ants’ 

2019 Winner – Gazel ‘Gazel’s Book of Souls’ 

2018 Winner – Georgia Fearn ‘Perfect on Paper’ 

2017 Winner – Black Futures ‘Karma, Ya Dig?’ 

2016 Winner – Berries ‘Siren’ 

2015 Winner – Vanessa Forero ‘Heaven Knows’ 


Best Year 2022 Winners 


The Assist 

More information:

The Assist - https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand

Peaness - https://www.facebook.com/peanessband

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner - Cherym 

2020 Winner – Lack of Afro 

2019 Winner – Deux Furiesues 

2018 Winner - Idles 

2017 Winner - Cassels 

2016 Winner – Wildwood Kin 

2015 Winner – Sound of the Sirens 


Best PR 2022 Winner


Stay Golden PR 

It has been a stellar year for Stay Golden PR bringing artists like Billy Nomates, Lets Eat Grandma, Gena Rose Bruce and loads more to the world with a personal touch and real sense that they are about the music. I'm already looking forward to seeing what they have to offer in 2023.

More information: http://www.staygoldenpr.com/

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Wall of Sound PR 

2020 Winner – Sonic PR 

2019 Winner – Prescription PR 

2018 Winner – Fine Company 

2017 Winner – Cannonball PR 

2016 Winner – Wilful Publicity 

2015 Winner – Hannah Gould Music PR 


Best Label 2022 Winner

Jalapeno Records 

In bleak times, we all need a little lift and Brighton's Jalapeno Records did just that in 2022 with new releases from the Allergies, Andy Cooper, Flevans and more. Don't think this is a fluff label though, the artists they hand pick have the deepest of grooves and funkiest of beats.

More information: https://www.jalapenorecords.com/

Previous Winners 

2021 Winner – Tantrum Records 

2020 Winner – Alcopop! Records 

2019 Winner – Say Something Records 2018 Winner – Integrity Records

2017 Winner – Cooking Vinyl 

2016 Winner – Superfan 99 

2015 Winner – Clue Records