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Dillinger Escape Plan to receive top honour at AIM awards

Exclusive: Dillinger Escape Plan will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the Association Of Independent Music Awards in September

The Dillinger Escape Plan are to be honoured at this year’s Association Of Independent Music (AIM) Awards.

The band, who announced they would go on an"extended hiatus" last year, will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the ceremony at The Brewery, Clerkenwell, on September 5.

Founding Dillinger Escape Plan member Ben Weinman says: “While major labels have historically spent millions of dollars attempting to influence pop culture, it has been the independent labels of the world that have been responsible for cultural evolution.

“Indie labels like Rough Trade, Megaforce, and Sub Pop are responsible for launching the careers of some of the most important and influential artists of all time.

“AIM's support of the UK's independent music community is not only an important part of our current musical climate but of history in general.

“We couldn't be more proud to be honoured by such an amazing organisation."

AIM Awards judge and Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade adds: “The Dillinger Escape Plan aren't only one of the most influential heavy bands of the last 20 years, but one of the single most important forces to ever grace our scene.

“From their genre-shredding albums that have gone on to inspire legions of bands to their now legendary live shows, they have trail-blazed their way through an incredible career that has united alternative music fans from all walks of life.

“The AIM awards are about recognising music crafted in the true spirit of independence and I couldn't think of a more fitting band to walk on stage to accept this award than Dillinger.”

Previous winners of the Outstanding Contribution To Music award include Billy Bragg, Richie Hawtin, Skepta and Roisin Murphy.

Tickets for the night are available via the official AIM website.

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