The GIT Award 2017 and Ten Years of Getintothis: She Drew The Gun triumph at Constellations, Liverpool

The start of the GIT Award 2017 evening at Constellations

The start of the GIT Award 2017 evening at Constellations

Merseyside’s music community comes together for ten years of Getintothis and the GIT Award 2017 at Constellations as She Drew The Gun, 24 Kitchen Street and Zuzu take home the main honours.

She Drew The Gun have been crowned The GIT Award 2017 winners.

A spectacular 12-hour marathon event at Constellations saw The Skeleton Key signed band take home the sixth GIT Award prize together with the £1000 and Parr Street Studios recording time.

Taking to the stage at around 1am, Louisa Roach, spoke on behalf of the band saying: “This is amazing, I don’t know quite what to say, we’re all delighted and surprised – thanks so much to Getintothis and all the judging panel – it means so much!

Louisa, who started writing songs in her bedroom in 2013 under the moniker She Drew The Gun, has seen a rapid rise in the last 18 months with her fully formed band winning Glastonbury‘s emerging talent contest to earn a place on the bill, touring the globe – including a trip to Texas’ SXSW – and release the critically acclaimed debut album Memories of Another Future.

She Drew The Gun are fitting, and hugely popular winners,” reflected GIT Award founder Peter Guy. “They’ve sold out shows for Liverpool Music Week, toured the country relentlessly – and all the while remaining steadfastly supportive of the Merseyside music community. I’m delighted for Louisa and the band as they’re genuinely top, top people and a great band with so much more to offer.

Earlier in the evening, She Drew The Gun played one of the stand out sets of the day mixing spoken word, rampant rock & roll plus an exquisite cover of the classic 1993 anthem Sweet Harmony by The Beloved – complete with blistering saxophone solo.

The other honours of the evening saw Jon Davies of Deep Hedonia give a rousingly passionate introduction to this year’s Inspiration Award winners 24 Kitchen Street. following in the footsteps of The Kazimier, Africa Oye and Deltasonic‘s Alan Wills, 24 Kitchen Street venue co-owner Saad Shaffi and staff were on hand to pick up the Inspiration Award with the packed crowd appreciating the obstacles the venue has overcome in the last 12 months alongside the incredible cultural offerings they bring to the Liverpool region.

The final prize of the night belonged to youngster Zuzu who, following a speeches from GIT Award judges Cath Hurley, of the BME, Aoife Niblock, of VMS Live and music journalist Will Fitzpatrick, played a stripped back set of rollicking pop-rock.

However, while the prize-giving capped a fine day, it was the event as a whole which will live long in the memory with fellow nominees The Vryll Society, Xam Volo, Suedebrown and (quite literally) a riotous set from Ohmns all fusing together in the wildest and finest GIT Award event yet. Hundreds of Merseyside music lovers joined the fun and danced long into the night as The Quietus’ John Doran and Forest Swords‘ Jay Binary played heavy sets of twisted, death disco.

The 2013 GIT Award winners Baltic Fleet‘s Paul Fleming collected his memento, Liverpool Music Week‘s Mike Deane and Getintothis deputy editor Adam Lowerson collected on behalf of Louis Berry, LIMF curator Yaw Owusu collected a memento for an on-tour Aystar while The Coral‘s Nick Power spoke about the band’s gratitude towards Getintothis for their long support and Or:la who was playing Fabric sent her friend Ryan Nicholls to collect her memento.

Elsewhere, God Colony and Immix Ensemble made an exclusive videos for the event with the latter’s Daniel Thorne expressed his thanks collecting the band’s memento from returning GIT Award host Roger Hill.

There was also time for a special guest as GIT Award 2016 winner Bill Ryder-Jones performed a solo set of brand new songs and much to the delight of the swelling crowd, he threw in fan favourite Two To Birkenhead.

If all that sounds a but special, well, it proved the main course after a delectable starter which began at 3pm in Garden’s sun-bathed Garden as 10 bands, artists and MCs kicked off the day to celebrate 10 Years of Getintothis.

Having started these pages in April 2007, the GIT Award 2017 seemed the appropriate platform to show off some of our favourite artists and bands – and boy, was this something special. A cosmic sax-infused rare set from The Fernweh began the day in style before a stripped back emotionally-charged trip through the haze saw AGP follow.

The Garden crowd seemed to triple in size as the L100 brought everyone to their feet as the likes of Jamie Broad, Nutribe, Conor Fellows, JR, The Lyric Smith, Rosh and more smashed it out the park with effortless grooves and serious bars – all under the guidance of DJ 2Kind. It was really quite something.

Having excelled at our Deep Cuts evenings we invited back Pixey, SPILT and I SEE RIVERS – each delivering once again; from buoyant effervescent radio-ready pop to extreme noise rock and beatific folk harmonies.

The Floormen and FUSS brought fuzz and fury in equal measure before Jo Mary (in their Fuck the Tories T-shirts) saw a wild stage invasion and complete naked carnage leaving RongoRongo to wrap up the daytime proceedings in charateristically dark, progressive fashion. It was really quite something.

If you were there, or played a part in our tenth anniversary special and The GIT Award 2107 – thank you, and here’s to the next one.

Pictures by GetintothisKeith Ainsworth, Gary Coughlan, Peter Goodbody and Peter Guy.

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