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Music agent Steve Strange to receive 'outstanding contribution to music' award

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

Renowned Northern Ireland music agent Steve Strange is to receive the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award.

Steve is the second recipient of this award, which recognises the role that an individual from Northern Ireland has played in the world of music.

Last year, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody picked up the accolade when it was introduced for the first time.

Steve will be presented with the award at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on November 7.

His clients include Eminem, Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Queens of The Stone Age, to name a few.

The Carrickfergus man is also a champion of emerging acts and has provided many homegrown bands with opportunities on stages at national and international level.

Steve first started out playing the drums in the early 80’s with No Hot Ashes and then with Fastway featuring Fast Eddie Clarke.

He began his career as an agent with Prestige in 1991, returning to Belfast to be a promoter at Limelight then moving back to London to build his roster and network, working with a run of successful agencies.

In 2005, Steve co-founded and launched X-ray Touring, which today works with over 500 international acts.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast that will take place November 1-10.

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