2008 in British music
This is a summary of 2008 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 31 January – Laura Attwood of the King Edward VI School in Morpeth wins the second Eileen Bowler Award.
- 20 February – The 2008 BRIT Awards ceremony is hosted by Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne, at Earls Court in London.
- 26 February – The Return of the Spice Girls tour comes to a close in Toronto.
- 28 February – The Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 ceremony is held at The O2 in London. Winners include The Enemy, The Killers, Klaxons, Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead.
- 1 March – The X Factor finalist Andy Abraham's song "Even If" wins the BBC's Eurovision: Your Decision 2008 show, and is thus chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 final in Belgrade, Serbia.
- 31 March – theJazz radio station stops broadcasting.
- 3 May – Girls Aloud begin their Tangled Up Tour in Belfast, UK.
- 8 May – The Classical BRIT Awards ceremony is hosted by Myleene Klass.
- 10–11 May – The Give It A Name 2008 festival is held at Earls Court, London, UK.
- 24 May – Andy Abraham represents the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 final in Belgrade, Serbia. The UK entry receives just fourteen points and comes joint last, raising questions over the United Kingdom's future in the contest.
- 3 July – Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, UK.
- 11–13 July – The 2008 T in the Park festival takes place at Balado, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Headlining acts included The Verve, Rage Against the Machine, R.E.M., and the Kaiser Chiefs.
- 25 September – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performs at Tel Aviv park, his first performance in Israel since The Beatles were banned from the country in 1965.
- 1 October – the Society for the Promotion of New Music merges with the British Music Information Centre (BMIC), the Contemporary Music Network and the Sonic Arts Network to create a new organisation to promote contemporary Music in the UK called Sound and Music.
- 1–9 November – The Southbank Centre in London presents "Klang: A Tribute to Stockhausen", a festival curated by Oliver Knussen, with a series of concerts focusing on works from the composer's last decade, including the world premieres of Urantia and Zodiac for Orchestra, as well as late-night performances, lectures, and master classes.
- 6 November – Michael Tilson Thomas makes his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription-concert conducting debut.
- 9 December – Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon say that Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on 3 July 2009. Tickets for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur announce another date on 2 July 2009.
- 13 December – Alexandra Burke wins the fifth series of The X Factor.
- British Male Solo Artist: Mark Ronson
- British Female Solo Artist: Kate Nash
- British Group: Arctic Monkeys
- MasterCard British Album: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
- British Single: Take That - "Shine"
- British Breakthrough Act: Mika
- British Live Act: Take That
- International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
- International Female Solo Artist: Kylie Minogue
- International Group: Foo Fighters
- International Album: Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
- Critic's Choice: Adele
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Paul McCartney
- Male of the Year — Sir Colin Davis
- Female of the Year — Anna Netrebko
- Young British Classical Performer — Nicola Benedetti
- Album of the Year — Blake — Blake
- Soundtrack of the Year — Blood Diamond — James Newton Howard
- Critics' Award — Steven Isserlis — Bach: Cello Suites
- Outstanding Contribution — Andrew Lloyd Webber
Popjustice £20 Music PrizeEdit
Record of the YearEdit
- Chamber - Joe Cutler
- Choral - Michael Zev Gordon
- Instrumental Solo or Duo - Judith Bingham
- Orchestral - Luke Bedford
- Stage Works - Jonathan Dove
- Vocal - Howard Skempton
- 30 January – Miles Kington, bassist, 66
- 28 February - Mike Smith, singer and producer (The Dave Clark Five), 64 (pneumonia)
- 12 March – Alun Hoddinott, composer, 78
- 21 March - John Noble, baritone, 77
- 24 March – Neil Aspinall, music industry executive, 66 (lung cancer)
- 29 March – Allan Ganley, jazz drummer, 77
- 15 April - Brian Davison, drummer (The Nice), 65
- 24 April - Tristram Cary, composer, 82
- 25 April – Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and radio presenter, 86
- 29 April – Micky Waller, drummer, 66
- 17 May – Wilfrid Mellers, musicologist and composer, 94
- 28 May – Danny Moss, jazz saxophonist, 80
- 30 May - Campbell Burnap, jazz trombonist and broadcaster, 68 (cancer)
- 1 July - Mel Galley, guitarist (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Finders Keepers, and Phenomena), 60
- 7 July – Hugh Mendl, record producer, 88
- 14 August – Lita Roza, singer, 82
- 7 September - Peter Glossop, opera singer, 80
- 10 September – Vernon Handley, conductor, 77
- 12 September - Marjorie Thomas, contralto, 85
- 15 September – Richard Wright, keyboardist (Pink Floyd), 65
- 10 October - Dave Wright (The Troggs), 64
- 11 October - Russ Hamilton, singer, 78
- 13 October – Gus Chambers, vocalist, 52
- 4 November - Alan Hazeldine, conductor and pianist, 60
- 12 November – Mitch Mitchell, drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), 61
- 23 November
- 24 November - Michael Lee, drummer (The Cult), 39 (epileptic seizure)
- 15 December - Davey Graham, guitarist, 68
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- BBC News: "Two GCap digital stations closed", 11 February 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
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- "On Sound and Music". ISSUU. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
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- Peter Dobrin, "After 23 Years, a Return to Phila.", The Philadelphia Inquirer (November 8, 2008): E04.
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- British Composer Awards: Ceremony Archive. Accessed 2 February 2013
- MusicRadar: "2008 Ivor Novello Awards winners announced." Accessed 2 February 2013
- Anonymous obituary, The Times (22 November): Features, p. 89.