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GIT Award is music sector showcase for Liverpool

Liverpool’s thriving music scene will be celebrated next week at an exclusive  awards party that has now won the endorsement of Yoko Ono.

Twelve Merseyside acts have been shortlisted for the second annual GIT  (Getintothis) Award – and the winner will be revealed next Friday at Leaf in  Bold Street.

The award has won the support of Liverpool’s creative and music sectors, and  the ceremony will be compered by culture guru Jayne Casey and film-maker Neil  Atkinson.

Now, Yoko Ono has invited the winner to play the 20th anniversary of Meltdown  2013 festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

The festival line-up already includes Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Boy George.  It will close with the Plastic Ono Band who will play John and Yoko’s Double  Fantasy with special guests – the first time the album has been performed  live.

The award has been backed by Liverpool artist Gary McGarvey, of Horse  Designs, Liverpool Vision and FACT.

The shortlist for the GIT Award is: Baltic Fleet, Barberos, By The Sea,  Nadine Carina, Clinic, Conan, Dan Croll, John Heckle, Jetta, Tyler Mensah,  Stealing Sheep and Wave Machines.

Yoko Ono said: “One of my hopes for Meltdown is that people will discover new  musicians and artists – the GIT Award artists represent artists of the future.  And of course I was very keen to have a new artist from Liverpool.

“You could say I’m biased but I believe that music from Liverpool and other  Northern cities has often shaped our future. John was a great example of this. I  look forward to hearing some great new music from Liverpool and to seeing one  artist on the bill for Meltdown. It’s the future.”

GIT Award founder and chair of judges, Peter Guy, said: “The GIT Award is  only in its second year, yet to have Yoko Ono inviting one of the prizes’ shortlisted artists to play alongside her is remarkable news for all  involved.

“This is the reason why the award was created – to show people what superb  musicians are on our doorstep – and help spread their music across the  world.”

The second GIT Award was launched in November and received more than 380  entries.

The shortlist was then decided by a panel of respected industry figures  including BBC6Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor  of rock bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew Harrison, and NME’s new music  editor, Matt Wilkinson, as well as cornerstones of Liverpool’s music and arts  scene.

Mr Harrison said: “This 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 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 overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000.

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 has designed awards for the overall winner and the winner of the  Inspiration Award.

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Date created: April 11, 2013

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