There was double celebration for Northern Ireland’s ‘Godfather of Punk’, Terri Hooley, as he scooped two awards at tonight’s Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, rounding off an unforgettable year for the music supremo.
In a year that included the release of his critically acclaimed film biopic Good Vibrations, Terri also picked up the Arts Personality of the Year award, beating off competition from actor Richard Dormer, who gave an outstanding performance playing Hooley on the silver screen, as well as local artist Terry Bradley and author Lucy Caldwell.
Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry read the citation for Hooley’s award to a full house of more than 400 guests at Belfast City Hall, reliving the amazing career to date of the Belfast man who has brought music to the city for 35 years.
“He is an influential promoter of Northern Irish music and founder of one of the most important record labels on these islands,” said Chris.
“More importantly he is a record shop owner, opening his first shop in 1978 at a very troubled time for this city. The shop quickly became a neutral space for young people from all sections of the city to meet at a time when there were few such places. At a time of darkness he shone a light,” he continued.
Chris reminded the audience of the musical icons that have championed Terri over the years including DJ John Peel, local superstar DJ David Holmes and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, as well as rave reviews in the film world following the release of his film biopic this year from revered film critic Mark Kermode and Hollywood director Ron Howard.
“He is one of life’s survivors and a total maverick,” added Chris.
Terri Hooley accepted the award to thunderous applause.