The GIT Award 2017 returns at Liverpool Music Week’s closing party at the North Shore Troubadour featuring former nominees plus several hot new artists – plus Getintothis reveals the full stage times.
The sixth annual GIT Award will once again champion the finest new artists from Merseyside – and launches in style at north docks venue North Shore Troubadour.
The GIT Award launch includes several former nominees and a range of hotly tipped new artists as Liverpool Music Week takes over the north docklands rounding off a spectacular 11 days of live performances.
Among those performing at The GIT Award 2017 launch are superfly soul star Xam Volo who was nominated for the 2014 prize and has subsequently featured on BBC Radio 1 and played a sell-out UK headline tour.
He is joined by two of the Award’s finest alternative rock & roll bands in the shape of six-piece RongoRongo (nominated in 2015) and VEYU (2014 nominees) both of whom who are in the process of completing their debut albums having performed at every major festival in the North West.
The overall winner of the GIT Award 2016 will once again receive a cash prize of £1000.
Speaking ahead of the launch party show, 2016 winner, Bill Ryder-Jones said: “I’ve always paid close attention to the GIT Award as they’re onto things before the rest of us and I’m sure 2017s nominees will prove the same. Looking forward to the launch this Friday too.”
Liverpool Music Week Director, Mike Deane said: “From the first year, when the prize was launched in 2011 at our CUC Closing Party, The GIT Award has had an integral relationship with Liverpool Music Week – and this year is no different. Our line up this year has featured winners All We Are, One To Watch winner Louis Berry and the closing party features a whole host of past nominees including three on The GIT Award launch stage itself. It’s going to be a great night and I’m sure there’s plenty of new acts on our closing party bill who will be in the running for the 2017 prize.”
The stage is completed by three superlative acts which typify the GIT Award‘s ethos – experimental goth duo OVVLS, who have just returned from a mini US tour, much-tipped cosmic pop vocalist Azusena and one of the most talked about new guitar bands on Merseyside, Youth Hostel.
Making it’s own debut, Meraki, one of the stages at this year’s Liverpool Music Week, is the latest new performance space to occupy an old warehouse in Liverpool’s north docks along with new Kazimier venture the Invisible Wind Factory, as well as the North Shore Troubadour.
With former members of the Kazimier and Camp and Furnace behind Meraki, the venue was inspired by the closure of a number of the city’s favourite performance spaces. Speaking on the reasons which spurred them on to open the venue, Daniel Martindale, one of the three people behind Meraki, told us, “We are experiencing the rapid decline of small music venues across the country, and a depletion of the intimacy and special environments these spaces provided for the public.
“The Kazimier club being demolished was a significant demonstration of this, and for a city so imbued in music and culture, we felt it was important to play a part in its development. We’re aiming to be a space that provides a platform for the sort of creativity this city is based on.”
Meraki is set to be a versatile venue which will host a wide range of diverse and creative shows, with some great live artists booked to perform in the near future, as well as providing space for exhibitions, workshops and other arts events. Liverpool Music Week’s Closing Party is the first event to take place at Meraki, with future events set to be announced soon.
Speaking on hosting Liverpool Music Week, Daniel Martindale said, “It’s very exciting, it’s pushed us to start getting the venue ready so it’s given us a lot of momentum. It’s the first event we’re putting on and we’re really excited to be working with Liverpool Music Week as well as all the artists involved.”
With plans recently announced for the north docks to become a new creative zone for the city, Meraki could be just next in the long line of new ventures to open in the area. Speaking on the development of the area, Martindale told us, “I think the development of the North Dockland is a real sign of intent. Liverpool seems unstoppable these days and you’d be lucky to find another city with such a prosperous arts and culture scene, so the North Docks is another huge step in the right direction.”
On hosting the GIT Award Launch Party, owner of the North Shore Troubadour, Lynton Middendorp said, “It’s our first time being involved with Liverpool Music Week and what better way than to host the GIT Award launch party. We’ve been big fans of Xam Volo, RongoRongo and VEYU for some time and we’re looking forward to checking out new prospects Azusena, Youth Hostel and Ovvls. It’s going to be an incredible night down the brand new North Shore Troubadour.”
GIT Award founder, Peter Guy said: “We’re delighted to once again be back launching this year’s prize – and even more delighted to be teaming up with Liverpool Music Week for the third time. This year’s launch party at a venue in the heart of the most exciting and newly-developing part of the city is sure to be something special and I am thrilled to have some of the region’s most innovative and talented artists on the bill. There’s plenty more news to follow but in the meantime head down to the closing party and celebrate the very best Liverpool music has to offer.”
The process to find The GIT Award’s 12 nominees begins today with artists and bands invited to send their four tracks to the judging panel at [email protected]
Watch a highlights video of last year’s GIT Award below
Meanwhile, the full stage times for Liverpool Music Week’s 2016 Closing Party
Northshore Troubadour I
18.30 – 18.55 – Youth Hostel
19:40 – 20:05 – Ovvls
20:50 – 21:15 – Azusena
22:05 – 22:30 – RongoRongo
23.20 – 23:50 – XamVolo
00:40 – 01:10 – Veyu
North shore Troubadour II
19:05 – 19:30 – Wild Fruit Art Collective
20:15 – 20:40 – Danye
21:25 – 21:55 – The Wicked Whispers
22:40 – 23:05 – Lying Bstrds
00:00 – 00:30 – Sugarmen
The Bido Lito Spiritual Bunker
19.35 – 20.00 – The Shipbuilders
20.20 – 20.45 – I See Rivers
21.05 – 21.30 – Cavalry
21.50 – 22.15 – Oya Paya
22.35 – 23.00 – Sankofa
23.20 – 23.50 – Bonnacons Of Doom
00.10 – 00.35 – The Floormen
00.55 – 01.30 – Strange Collective
Invisible Wind Factory
18:40 – 19:05 – The A/V Society
19:10 – 19:35 – Big Safari
19:45 – 20:10 – Cavalier Song
20:20 – 20:45 – The Aleph
20:55 – 21:25 – aPAtT
21:55 – 22:50 – Clinic
23:30 – 00:40 – Barberos
00:40 – Late – Stealing Sheep DJs
Take a look around Meraki with our exclusive gallery below. Pictures by Getintothis’ Vicky Pea.