Each year, DJ Mag takes stock of what’s been going on in the UK with its Best Of British awards, paying tribute to its roots by providing a poll focussing solely on UK artists. With nominations chosen by the publication’s knowledgeable team, voting is left down to the public at large, meaning now is the time to cast your vote.
Nominated in the Best DJ category, Daniel Avery, DJ EZ, DJ Harvey, Maya Jane Coles and Sasha will battle it out for the top prize, whilst Shanti Celeste and Solardo are among those in contention for Best Breakthrough DJ. Resident selectors are celebrated in the third category with Craig Richards, Jane Fitz, Jasper James, Slam and Lauren Lo Sung named, whilst Dusky, Floating Points and Paranoid London are all nominated as Best Live Act.
Producers are also given a couple of categories, with Denis Sulta, Cristoph, Midland and Bicep among those represented, whilst labels, venues and dance festivals get plenty of coverage as well. London dominates the Best Large Club branch of the awards, with Egg, Fabric and Ministry of Sound battling it out against Bristol’s Motion and The Rainbow Venues of Birmingham; small clubs, however, are less capital-concentrated, with Hidden, Hope Works, Junk, Phonox and Sub Club all earning a shot at winning the public vote.
2016 has been a tumultuous time for Western democracy, but it’s not time to give up on it yet - why not try restoring your faith in the ballot box by getting stuck into a poll that won’t lead to political confusion, a tyrannical President or Boaty McBoatface?
Head here to see full nominations and make your decisions
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Liaison Artists