Drum&BassArena Awards 2015: The Winners

Drum&BassArena Awards 2015: The Winners
2 Dec, 2015

dnba awards 2015

Today a sizeable chunk of the drum & bass industry will be nursing serious hangovers…

The Drum&BassArena Awards: A chance for D&B lovers, DJs, artists, MCs, labels, managers, agents, promoters and every behind the scene insider in between to gather, catch up, make new friends and enjoy some a rare unhurried, unified fun simply for the love of what we do.

It’s been this way for seven years. A unique event on the D&B calendar (thanks to its rather grown-up table arrangement) there really is nothing quite like it. And while we say this every year, it really does get better with each show we host. Last night was certainly a whole new level as each label / team set up camp at their tables and cheered each other on with more excitement than ever as hosts Charlie T and Jenna G guided us through each award with slick dynamism.

We laughed (when Noisia won an award for something they don’t even do) We cried (when Jenna read out a touching tribute to Diane Charlemagne and inducted her into the Hall Of Fame) We nearly died (this morning with the aforementioned hangovers)

The acts were on incredible form, too: JFB opened with a deck-melting DMC-level exhibition set, Riya turned Brixton Electric on its head with her live show, General Levy took us back to 1994 in massive jungle style and Serum & Bladerunner provided a chop-walloping b2b afterparty soundtrack.

Tens of thousands of you voted, thousands of you tuned on live stream and hundreds of you came down to party with us. A huge thank you to everyone of you who took part and got involved in this year’s Drum&BassArena Awards, it’s been a blast.

Enough chat now, here are the winners as voted by you – the worldwide drum & bass loving community.

Roll on 2016!

Drum&BassArena Awards 2015: The Winners

Best DJ: Andy C
Best Producer: Noisia
Best MC: Dynamite MC
Best Vocalist: Riya
Best Newcomer DJ: Maduk
Best Newcomer Producer: Cartoon
Best Newcomer MC: Coppa
Best Club Night: Hospitality
Best Label: Hospital
Best Track: Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit
Best Remix: The Prodigy – Nasty (Spor Remix)
Best Album: Mefjus – Emulation
Best Video: Netsky – Rio
Best Festival: Let It Roll
Best Live Act: Noisia
Hall Of Fame: Diane Charlemagne
Hall Of Fame: Mampi Swift



Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.
  • K33p0ut

    Why didn’t you guys check if the nominees were legit, though? I know this is probably not your field, but I’d love to know

  • Music Intelligence

    I am really disappointed by most of the results 🙁 I have already touched some of the problems of this competition before final voting in my blog here: http://musicintelligencednb.co

    Some categories need to be better described (and maybe nominees should be approved), difference between newcomer and standard artist is not clear, many live act nominees are not that live. Maybe general public should take vote just in round 2 from the prepared nominees list. I hope, there will be some improvements for the next year. I’m sad that some really serious DnB masterpieces didn’t even make it to the final voting – new albums of Marky, Break, Makoto and A Sides, live act of Goldie, and more…

    • George Ridout

      Agreed came away a little annoyed. Nasty was so NOT the best remix. There were a couple of genuine contenders but not that. Also the live act thing was poor 🙁

      I think round 1 needs to be removed and the nominations come from surveying the scene then let the public vote.

    • NateBike


  • Studio910

    Is there a video from the show??

  • Josh Swanson

    Yeah, how Goldie’s Sine Tempore tour – the London Heritage Orchestra collaborated LIVE performance of the album that almost single handedly redefined jungle and paved the way for a new era of ‘intelligent dnb’ – the album that opened the gates, with the long celebrated vocal support of the late Diane Charlemagne – didn’t get the vote in as the Best Live Act is very much laughable… so laughable that you have to question the credibility of the Drum & Bass Arena and it’s fanbase.

    I think Doc Scott and the rest of the ruffians still grinding out trying to pioneer new sounds and shapes in the scene, as they always have done, since day, should host their own awards.

    Everyone else capitalising on what little niche sector they have of the EDM cake can crack on and eat it