WREXHAM band Seazoo missed out on winning this year's coveted Welsh Music Prize at a glittering awards ceremony held in Cardiff.

The Wrexham-based band’s latest album, Trunks, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim with the band’s ‘off-kilter indie pop’ being compared to Pavement, Grandaddy and Super Furry Animals – whose Gruff Rhys was also in the running for this years’ prize alongside other big names including Manic Street Preachers and Gwenno.

But following lengthy deliberations by the judging panel at Cardiff's Coal Exchange, it was decided to award the prize to Cardiff band Boy Azooga for their album 1,2, Kung Fu with Mellt, who were also nominated for the award, winning this year's Welsh language album of the year at the National Eisteddfod.

The inaugural Welsh Music Inspiration Award was made to veteran singer-songwriter Meic Stevens who performs at Theatr Clwyd, Mold on November 16. The 76-year-old from Solfach in Pembrokeshire has had a prolific career performing in Welsh and English.

Steffan Owens, who plays in Seazoo as well as teaching at Wrexham Glyndŵr University where he is programme leader on the University’s Sound Technology course, said: "It’s been a great year for Seazoo and hearing we had been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize was yet another highlight.

"As a band, we’ve had really good support in the Welsh music industry this year– whether that’s securing radio play on the BBC or picking up gigs at festivals like Focus Wales."

Seazoo play Telford's Warehouse in Chester on Friday, November 16.