- 10 Apr 18
And Hot Press was at the heart of it! While politicians from across the spectrum of British and Irish politics were pulled hither and thither all-night in Stormont, trying to find agreement for an historic peace accord, musicians, rock'n'rollers and music lovers were pulling a harmonious all-nighter in the Europa Hotel for the Hot Press Music Awards.
20 years ago, Hot Press brought its infamous Rock Awards to Belfast for the second year in a row. As it happened, the April 9 date coincided with a monumental moment in Irish and British history. Here's Hot Press editor Niall Stokes' original reflection of the event from 1998:
What a strange warp we were in. On Good Friday, I walked through an almost deserted BBC building in Ormeau Avenue with Mike Edgar, the producer of the Heineken Hot Press Awards show, as well as one of the presenters. Deeper into the bowels we went, along claustrophobic corridors, until we finally came to Edit Suite No.5.
There the director, Róisín Browne, was ensconced with a small team. They were beavering away, making the cuts and adjustments necessary to fit the programme into its allotted duration later that evening.