A music promoter is up against some of the best names in music for a prestigious award after being nominated by a colleague.
Ian Evans, a former Ilkeston School pupil, faces stiff competition fromRadio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and BBC 6Music hotshot Steve Lamacq.
He said: “It was quite a shock to have been shortlisted for the Indie Champion award.
“It is amazing to be up against the likes of Steve Lamacq and Huw Stevens who everybody knows.”
Ian started IME Music while in his final year at Bath Spa University.
He came up with the idea for a music promotions company as a project during his commercial music degree.
He put on his first gig, a battle of the bands, on in his hometown of Ilkeston and the business started from there.
Ian, 31, added: “You have to start off quite small and then work your way up.
“Agents have to trust that you are going to look after their artists and after a while they start sending bigger names.”
The Indie Champion award is given to someone who demonstrates unwavering support for the independent community.
Ian is also responsible for the line-ups at festivals like Chester Rocks and Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival, which this year saw 8,000 people watch The Wombats, We Are Scientists and The View.
To vote for Ian to take the prize visit www.music indie.com/awards.
Voting ends today.