Essex

Panic Awards celebrates Chelmsford music scene

Brownstock festival
Image caption The 2010 Brownstock Festival took place at Morris Farm in Stow Maries in September

Live music in Essex has been celebrated at the 2011 Panic Awards held at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford.

Among the 10 categories were best band, DJ, newcomer, music venue and theatre production, all of which were voted by members of the public.

They were supported by BBC Introducing in Essex with presenter Ollie Winiberg giving out one of the awards.

Winners of the best one off event were the Brownstock Festival which attracted 3000 people and around 100 bands.

Nine piece ska/reggae band New Town Kings from Colchester won best band.

Essex Rocks won best independent promoter; Rebay in Chelmsford won best club night; best theatre production was The Arsonists; best DJ was Rev and Oxygen.

Acoustic artist The Lemoncurd Kid won best solo performer whilst Barhouse won best venue.

Who's Driving? Bear's Driving! picked up the Best Newcomer gong, whilst the St Anne's Castle venue in Great Leighs won the Outsanding Contribution accolade.

Proceeds from the night went to the SCOPE charity.

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