GIT AWARD 2013 shortlist revealed ahead of April 19 Leaf showcase


Getintothis exclusively reveals the 12 nominees for The GIT Award 2013.

Liverpool’s premier music prize, The GIT Award can reveal the 12 shortlisted artists for the 2013 edition.
The GIT Award enjoyed a hugely successful inaugural year in 2012 and the stakes will be even higher when the 2013 winner of this now established award – chosen from the carefully selected shortlist of exciting emerging acts – is revealed on Friday April 19 at Leaf on Bold Street.
The GIT Award 2013 shortlist is:
Baltic Fleet
By The Sea
Nadine Carina
Dan Croll
John Heckle
Tyler Mensah
Stealing Sheep
Wave Machines
GIT Award founder and chair of judges, Peter Guy, said: “This year’s shortlist represents a city at the height of its musical powers few could hope to match. Finalising this year’s 12 artists was a colossal task as new Liverpool music is at a creative zenith, however, the judges feel the nominees provide a definitive picture of the diversity, profound musicianship and rich talent emanating out of Merseyside. April 19 at Leaf is going to be a hugely special night showing Liverpool music at its finest.
Since its relaunch in November 2012 up until the closing date at the end of February 2013, the GIT Award received more than 380 entries.
The shortlist was then decided by a 12-strong judging panel comprising respected music industry figures including BBC 6 Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor of rock and pop music bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew Harrison , Matt Wilkinson, NME‘s new music editor, leading UK music website, The Quietus‘ editor, John Doran plus the cornerstones of Liverpool’s music and arts scene.
Andrew Harrison, editor of Q, said: “This is a genuinely impressive and varied shortlist proves that Merseyside continues to generate fantastic musical talent like nowhere else on earth. The standard of entries was high across board and in common, I suspect, with a lot of the judges, I found the decision-making process very hard.
Best of all, the artists we heard managed to draw on Liverpool’s musical heritage without living in the past – proving that even with its world-beating history, Liverpool music continues to forge ahead.
The industry showcase evening at Leaf, which also played host to last year’s ceremony, is strictly invite only and will include performances from the shortlisted artists.
The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 and a special Inspiration Award, recognising services to Liverpool’s music industry (won last year by the team behind city venue The Kazimier), will also be presented.
Live visuals, videos and mementoes for each nominee will be created by Liverpool design agency Milk:Presents while former Liverpool Art Prize nominee Jayne Lawless will create two specially designed awards for the winners of the GIT Award 2013 and The Inspiration Award.
Matt Wilkinson, NME radar editor, said: “Once again the GIT Award showcases Liverpool’s thriving music scene from the classic alt-rock of Clinic to breakout acts like Dan Croll and By The Sea, through to completely new stars in waiting like Jetta and Tyler Mensah. Whoever wins the overall prize, new Liverpool music is clearly worth shouting about.
In addition a ‘People’s Choice’ online poll consisting of the 12 nominees will be hosted on Bido Lito!, Getintothis, Juice FM and Seven Streets allowing the public the opportunity to have their say on Liverpool’s finest music of 2012-2013.
For news of this, pick up Bido Lito! on Thursday when the new edition hits the streets on Thursday.
Liverpool music lovers know their city is home to some of the finest creative talent in the world. However, eyes and ears elsewhere may need convincing. The inaugural GIT Award readdressed all that and its 2013 edition is set to spread the message even further.

Musically speaking, Liverpool has long since stepped out of the huge shadow cast by the Beatles. It takes something as good as the GIT Award to let the rest of the country know and make them pay attention – casting light on the city’s wealth of underground r&b, grime, avant garde, indie rock, DIY, EDM and psychedelic rock talent
– The Quietus

The GIT Award – what a blast! A great way for a city bursting with talent to show off its wares and make sure it holds its crown as the most innovative and original musical conglomeration in the UK
The Guardian

Last year’s GIT Award helped to bring Liverpool’s music scene to national attention – we’re pleased to see it back this year and can’t wait to get involved again

Businesses who would like to get involved can email [email protected] for more information.
Further GIT Award 2013 reading
GIT Award 2013 at Leaf on Bold Street Friday April 19 with £1000 to winners.
For a full list of the GIT Award 2013 judges and their profiles read here.
The GIT Award 2013 returns championing the best of Merseyside music.
Reaction, report and pictures from The GIT Award 2012
Getintothis speak to Loved Ones after they scoop inaugural GIT Award.
Getintothis on The Kazimier and their GIT 2012 Inspiration Award.
Getintothis picture gallery part one of the GIT Award 2011
Getintothis picture gallery part two of the GIT Award 2011.
Getintothis‘ NME scene report and focus on the GIT Award and new Liverpool music.
Getintothis profiles the 12 shortlisted artists for the GIT Award 2011.
Getintothis‘ GIT Award 2011 podcast with Jamie Bowman and The Double Negative.
Getintothis on Royal Standard director Sam Venables creating the first GIT Award trophy
Getintothis teams up with Liverpool and UK’s creative business sector.
Liverpool Daily Post on The GIT Award: A forward thinking music award for Liverpool
Getintothis on why there’s never been a better time to champion new music in Liverpool.
Getintothis launches the GIT Award – celebrating the best of Merseyside music.