Hundreds of thousands have their say on Gig of the Year at The SSE Arena, Belfast
Following a highly competitive voting process, Scottish superstars Wet Wet Wet were crowned winners of the SSE Live Awards for their show at The SSE Arena, Belfast in February last year.
Hundreds of thousands of fans voted for their 'gig of the year' from a range of artists including Adele, Neil Young and Muse, all of whom performed at the SSE Arena throughout 2016. However Wet Wet Wet came out on top after willing their fans to vote on social media. A simple tweet from the band ensured love was all around the band and they shot to the top of the leaderboard.
Accepting their award, the band paid tribute to their loyal fans. Tommy Cunningham said: We’re really proud to receive this award and would like to sincerely thank everybody who voted for us. Our recent show at the SSE Arena Belfast was part of a fantastic tour and I remember that the audience that night were great and right up for it! Playing live is what we love best and to know it matters so much to our fans means a lot”.
Over 176,000 votes were cast in the Awards for the Belfast venue, not only to support their favourite band but also for their chance to win the competition prize of a Golden Ticket, 12 pairs of tickets to shows of their choice in 2017.
The lucky winner for Belfast was Niall Rankin from Scarva. Speaking of his win he said: “My vote for gig of the year went to Muse, and while they didn't win, I did and I am delighted! I can’t wait to visit the SSE Arena another dozen times this year, thanks to SSE Airtricity!”
Praising the variety of acts at the Arena during 2016 and the huge amount of voters, Anne McAreavey, Sponsorship Manager at SSE Airtricity added:
“We are overwhelmed with the response we received for the 2016 SSE Live Awards. A whopping 176,172 people voted online at ssereward.com for their favourite shows in Belfast. There were some outstanding acts at The SSE Arena, Belfast last year to pick from and we are particularly proud of CATS, the musical we sponsored which was directed by Perform Bootcamp and featured over 150 young talented kids from across Northern Ireland. Thanks to all those who went to see the show, they finished in the top 10.
“We wish to congratulate Wet Wet Wet on a fantastic win this year and we look forward to welcoming many more exciting names to The SSE Arena, Belfast in the future.”
The top three acts at The SSE Arena, Belfast with the most votes were:
- Wet Wet Wet
- Ben Portsmouth is Elvis
- 5 Seconds of Summer
The SSE Live Awards ran across SSE venues in Belfast, London and Glasgow with Matt Goss crowned winner at The SSE Arena, Wembley and Scotland’s very own sporting hero, Andy Murray championing at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow. In total, over three million fans voted for their favourite acts, highlighted the popularity of the Awards.
The ongoing partnership at the SSE Arena, Belfast means that SSE customers can sign up to SSE Reward at www.ssereward.com to access tickets up to 48 hours in advance of general sale and avail of the SSE Reward Lounge, as well as exclusive offers and prizes.