The live final of the inaugural Digital Socket Awards will be held this Thursday in The Grand Social and we’ve a pair of tickets to give away.

With over four hundred nominations entered, encompassing more than two hundred artists, the first round of the Digital Socket Awards was an exceptional success as twenty-six bloggers and a multitude of readers came together to launch a fresh and innovative music awards show, one with an aim to recognise not only 2010’s top Albums and Songs but also the finest work in specific genres, along with associated efforts of Record Labels, Designers, Photographers and Radio shows. The contenders in the shortlisted fourteen categories were announced on 14 January.

A few weeks later, the all-Ireland panel of judges have come to their conclusions and the results will be announced at a special live event in Dublin’s Grand Social venue this Thursday 3rd February. Special guests include comedian Gareth Stack as host along with live music from soulful indie popsters Groom, the funky electronic stylings of Meljoann and a top-secret performance by one of Ireland’s most popular bands. Following on the celebrations are DJ sets, including the daring sounds of new-wave rockers Logikparty and RTE 2XM’s Sweet Oblivion.

Special partners in the event are RTÉ Television who, as part of their new webcast show RED Radar, will present one lucky winner with an extra award in the category of Outstanding Performance in Irish music of 2010. All winners will also be invited to the RED Radar studio to record their songs for a special feature on the Digital Socket Awards.

Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show runs until late. Get there early for top nosh from Boojum Mexican restaurant and there will be special drinks promotions on offer all night. The award announcements get underway with Best EP at 8:15 pm.

Tickets are €12 and are available now from Tickets.ie, or you could email giveaways@thumped.com with DSATICKETSPLEASE as the subject & include your thumped user name & your real name by midday on Wednesday to be in with a chance of winning a pair.  Since all profits from ticket sales are being donated to depression awareness & support charity Aware – who are entirely reliant on donations to keep their support network and phonelines open – you will of course still be free to make a donation to them should you win. No pressure, like.

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