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16 November 2022, 12:00

DJ Mag Best of British awards 2022: voting is now open

Shining a spotlight on the UK stars that fill the pages of our UK magazine each month

Best of British 2022

The nominees for DJ Mag's Best Of British awards 2022 have been announced.

This year marks the 16th edition of the awards, our annual celebration of UK talent. Positioned as a counter-balance to the global Top 100 DJs poll, our Best Of British awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on the homegrown talent that continues to place the UK scene at the forefront of electronic music.

We’ll return to London’s The Steel Yard on Thursday 15th December for a very special awards event where the winners will be announced. It marks our first IRL awards show since 2019, after pausing the annual event for the past two years due to the pandemic (and running a digital awards show instead).

The nominations, which you can see below, are split across 22 categories. The awards show in December will also see the return of our three editorial choice categories, Outstanding Contribution, Innovation & Excellence and Game Changer.

Voting for the DJ Mag Best of British awards 2022 is open now until Wednesday 30th November. You can check the full list of categories and nominees below and cast your vote here.

Voters in DJ Mag’s Best of British awards save 50% on advance tickets, which are on sale at and RA. The discount code is provided at the end of the voting process. 50% of RA booking fees and £1 from each DJTickets purchase will be donated to Youth Music, the official charity partner of DJ Mag’s Best of British awards.

Best DJ

Palms Trax
Patrick Topping
Tiffany Calver

Breakthrough DJ

Fleur Shore
Girls Don't Sync

Best Live Act

Fred again..
The Comet Is Coming

Best Producer

Congo Natty
Dance System
Interplanetary Criminal
Loraine James

Breakthrough Producer

Meg Ward
Nia Archives
Soul Mass Transit System

Best MC/Vocalist

MC Chickaboo
Ivorian Doll

Breakthrough MC/Vocalist

Chinx (OS)
Iceboy Violet
Jim Legxacy

Best Label

AD 93
Phantasy Sound
XL Recordings

Breakthrough Label

All Centre
Pretty Weird
Sondela Recordings
Time Is Now [Shall Not Fade]

Best Album

DJ Q 'Est. 2003' [Local Action]
Hagan 'Textures' [Python Syndicate]
Hudson Mohawke 'Cry Sugar' [Warp]
Kelly Lee Owens 'LP.8' [Smalltown Supersound]
TSHA 'Capricorn Sun' [Ninja Tune]

Best Compilation

PinkPantheress 'to hell with it (Remixes)' [Parlophone]
V/A ''Club Entry' Vol. 1' [Borne Fruits]
V/A 'Hospital Mixtape: Lens' [Hospital Records]
V/A 'Luke Una Presents É Soul Cultura' [Mr Bongo]
V/A 'Touching Bass presents: Soon Come' [Touching Bass]

Best Track

Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal 'B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)' [Warner Records x One House]
Hamdi 'Skanka' [DUPLOC]
Joy O 'pinky ring' [XL Recordings]
LF System 'Afraid To Feel' [Warner Music]
Nia Archives 'Baianá' [HIJINXX / Island]

Best Remix/Edit

KH 'Looking At Your Pager' [Ministry of Sound/Three Six Zero]
Michael Bibi 'La Murga (Michael's Midnight Mix)'
Nick León 'Xtasis feat. DJ Babatr (Pearson Sound Remix)' [TraTraTrax]
Tessela 'Hackney Parrot (Bailey's Techno Tool)'
Tirzah 'Tectonic (FAUZIA Remix)' [Domino]

Best Rap Album/Mixtape

CB 'A Drillers Perspective 2' [mayowahd]
FLOHIO 'Out Of Heart' [AWAL]
Horrid1 x Sav'O 'Violent Siblings' [CGM Records]
Jeshi 'Universal Credit' [Because Music]
Loyle Carner 'hugo' [EMI]

Best Rap Track

Darkoo 'Always feat. Black Sherif' (Prod. by Mojam) [Atlantic Records UK]
Giggs x Tiny Boost 'The Family' (Prod. by RichMadeRecords) [Self-released]
Kojey Radical feat. Lex Amor 'War Outside' (Prod. by Swindle & Kztheproducer) [Asylum Records UK]
LD x C1 'Hillside Demons' (Prod. by JS OTP & Hilzz) [24 Hour Ent]
Nemzzz '2MS' (Prod. by Wydsonni) [Motown Records UK / EMI]

Best Radio Show

Emma Jean Thackray, Worldwide FM
Ellie Prohan, KISS FM
Felix Joy Breakfast Show, SWU
Pure Spice with DJ Manara, BBC Asian Network
Soup To Nuts, NTS

Best Large Club

Depot Mayfield, Manchester
fabric, London
KOKO, London
Printworks, London
SWG3, Glasgow

Best Small Club

Colour Factory, London
Night Tales, London
Strange Brew, Bristol
Sub Club, Glasgow
Ulster Sports Club, Belfast

Best Club Event

Club Blanco
Distant Planet
Small Talk

Best Festival

Houghton Festival
Naked City Festival
Otherlands Music & Arts Festival
Outlook Festival UK
Queen's Yard Summer Party

Best Boutique Festival

Field Maneuvers
KALLIDA Festival
No Bounds Festival
Watching Trees Festival

Underground Hero
Recognising the champions of grassroots music communities

Double O & Mantra
Jeremy Sylvester
Lo Shea
Man Power
Sarah McBriar