Published on April 21st, 2015 | by voxx0
Ivor Novello Awards Nomination
Andrew Davie Nominated for
Best Song Musically And Lyrically – “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
+ Band Confirmed For Reading & Leeds 2015
Bear’s Den’s Above The Clouds Of Pompeii has picked up a nomination at this year’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, as revealed this morning (Tuesday 21st April).
The song, taken from the London-based band’s debut album Islands (Communion Records), was written by the band’s Andrew Davie. It is one of three shortlisted in the Best Song Musically And Lyrically category, with the winners set to be announced at the 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 21st May.
And Bear’s Den live news just in – the band are today announced as the newest addition to the bill for Reading & Leeds Festival this August. The band, who recently capped off a completely sold out 17-date headline tour with a euphoric homecoming show at London’s 2,500 capacity Shepherds Bush Empire, will play at a number of further big outdoor festivals in the UK & internationally through the summer.
Andrew Davie said today of the Ivor Novello awards nomination; “It’s a huge honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award and I feel very humbled by it. The Ivor Novellos are so special and unique, given that the awards are voted for by songwriters. It means so much to me and our band Bear’s Den that “Above the Clouds of Pompeii” has been nominated.”
Speaking of the song itself, Davie says, “I wrote “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii” a few years ago, in the back of a VW campervan, on Bear’s Den’s first ever tour in America. Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Staves were also on that tour and it was hugely inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented songwriters night after night”
“The song is an amalgamation of many of my feelings growing up… Trying to connect with people and also my first times dealing with loss. My Dad and I went on a trip to Pompeii when I was really young and I was thinking about it one day, nostalgically and also kinda painfully remembering stuff from when I was a kid and trying to communicate how I felt back then. That Pompeii trip made a huge impression on me and seemed to be the right place and time in my childhood for me to try and articulate all those things”.
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