GIT Award 2014: The Kazimier, Liverpool featuring Lapsley, Africa Oye, Bill Ryder-Jones, Mad Brains, Forest Swords & more

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The GIT Award 2014 was a night that will live long in the memory, Getintothis reflects on a magical night at the Kazimier.

The GIT Award 2014 – that’s it. For another year, anyway.
We’re left to reflect upon probably maybe the strongest shortlist yet and a quite remarkable night at the Kazimier – one which saw Mad Brains team up with J Flowz for a rousing opening, an all-to-brief VEYU grab people’s minds with their awe-inspiring guitar histrionics, Ex-Easter Island Head whet the appetite ahead of their Easter Sunday large ensemble set, Lapsley undeniably prove her talent with her second ever gig while taking home the One To Watch Award, Ninetails bewitch us with their expanded brass-tinged melancholia, Bill Ryder-Jones‘ ragged understated glory contrast with the resplendence of Mimi Amore‘s porcelain-skin beauty, All We Are glisten with glorious stadia-like rhythmic anthemia while Howard Be Thy Name simply danced a wee jig of precocious delight. Or something.
Hundreds gathered, while the QuietusJohn Doran and Simon Price, together with all the musicians, ensured a rousing night was had by all.
We raise our now empty glasses to Africa Oye – a team who for 22 years and more have somewhat (and somehow) been understated as one of Merseyside’s jewels in the richly bestudded musical crown as they take home this year’s Inspiration Award.
And finally, we take great pride in saluting the third GIT Award winner – Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes) for making such profoundly moving music.
We’ll leave it with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to have the last word.

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The Kazimier was transformed for the evening into a lavish 1970s boudoir
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Howard Be Thy Name entertains the crowd in his own inimitable manner.
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Mad Brains and J Flowz opened with an assured performance with lyrical dexterity at the GIT Award 2014
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J Flowz at the GIT Award 2014

Mad Brains and J Flowz at the GIT Award 2014
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Mad Brains and J Flowz at The GIT Award 2014
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Circa Waves at the GIT Award 2014 at the Kazimier
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Ex-Easter Island Head take to the Kazimier floor during the GIT Award 2014
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Ex-Easter Island Head performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Ex-Easter Island Head performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Howard gets up close and personal to the Kazimier’s Laura Brownhill
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VEYU performing at The GIT Awards 2014
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VEYU performing at The GIT Awards 2014
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VEYU performing at The GIT Awards 2014
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Guests soak up the evening
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Howard Be Thy Name in full flight at The GIT Award 2014
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Peter Guy thanks all those involved in shaping this year’s GIT Award before welcoming Stuart Borthwick from Liverpool John Moore’s University to present this year’s Inspiration Award
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Stuart Borthwick presents Africa Oye with this year’s Inspiration Award
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The team behind Africa Oye – recipients of the 2014 Inspiration Award”
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The revelry continues around the Kazimier
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The half-time entertainment saw Mimi Amore entertain the crowd
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Mimi Amore at the GIT Award 2014 at the Kazimier
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Mimi Amore at the GIT Award 2014 at the Kazimier
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Mimi Amore at the GIT Award 2014 at the Kazimier
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The GIT Award 2014 with the invited guests soaking up the half-time show
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Bill Ryder-Jones performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Bill Ryder-Jones performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Bill Ryder-Jones and Jack Prince performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Bill Ryder-Jones performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Peter Guy presents the inaugural recipient of The GIT Award One To Watch Award – Lapsley
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Lapsley receives her GIT Award One to Watch made by Liverpool design team ArchiPhonic
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Lapsley performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Lapsley performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Plenty of personal memories at the GIT Award 2014
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Ninetails performing at the GIT Award 2014
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Ninetails performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Howard Be Thy Name enters with another costume change
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The team behind Africa Oye enjoying the aftershow celebrations
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All We Are performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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All We Are performing live at The GIT Award 2014
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Howard enjoys a odd spot of crowd surfing as the evening draws to a close
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Peter Guy addresses the crowd to announce the winner of the GIT Award 2014 – Forest Swords
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Forest Swords sent a message of thanks from his sold out show in Brighton before a special video message from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry from his Jamaican home was shown as he congratulated Forest Swords and organisers
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Journalist and GIT Award judge Simon Price spins the night away to conclude the third annual GIT Award
Pictures by GetintothisTom Adam, John Johnson, Gaz Jones, Michael Kirkham and Jack Thompson.
Further reading on Getintothis:
GIT Award 2014: Meet our host Howard Be Thy Name plus aftershow details.
Introducing Lapsley: The GIT Award 2014 One To Watch winner.
The GIT Award 2014: the shortlisted nominees in detail.
GIT Award 2014: Shortlist announced ahead of Kazimier ceremony.
GIT Award 2014 launches One To Watch prize.
GIT Award 2014 judging panel announced.
Review and pictures from GIT Award 2014 launch at Leaf.
GIT Award 2014 returns with Leaf launch ahead of Kazimier spectacular in April.
GIT Award 2013: Baltic Fleet: To be involved and win will always stay with me
The GIT Award 2013 report, reaction and review from Leaf Tea Shop, Liverpool.
GIT Award 2013 winner announced as Justice Collective win Inspiration Award
GIT Award 2013: picture gallery featuring Baltic Fleet, Nadine Carina, Conan, John Heckle, Tyler Mensah and more.

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