A TOP music journalist and a PR supremo from Ellesmere Port presented an award at a prestigious ceremony.
The inaugural Liverpool Music Awards hosted stars such as Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson and Frankie Goes to Hollywood on Saturday at The Dome Grand Central in the city.
NME journalist Dan Martin, from Ellesmere Port, and PR firm owner Lisa Southern, from Little Sutton, presented Lee Butler with the award for DJ of the Year after announcing ‘Ellesmere Port is in the house’ as they took to the podium.
Lisa said: “I met Dan 10 years ago when I moved in London and got a job at Island Records. He’d just started at the NME and was interviewing a band I was working with. I had no idea he was also from the Port till we got chatting and realised I went to Sutton High with his cousin.
“We became great mates, flatmates even and have had all sorts of adventures together, from going to SXSW Music conference/festival in Texas, interviewing Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme to nights out with Courtney Love.
“Although I moved home a couple of years back we still keep in touch and he’s done so well writing for NME and The Guardian that when his name came up as a potential presenter for the awards I was over the moon.
“Then to be asked to present alongside him and share the stage with the likes of Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Janice Long, Lawson and The Wombats was unreal. We even got away with giving a cheeky shout out to Ellesmere Port on stage.”
Rebecca Ferguson picked up the award for best female and was presented by Widnes-born singer Melanie C. Single of the year went to Tea Street Band for Summer Dreaming, while band of the year was awarded to LIPA graduates Stealing Sheep.
The red-carpet event, hosted by Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, featured performances from X Factor finalist Craig Colton, MOBO winner Esco Williams and the Sense of Sound Choir.