A spectacular celebration of Liverpool’s thriving music scene, the GIT (Getintothis) Award Showcase, took place in the city’s Leaf venue Friday 19 April.
The GIT Award 2013 winner is Baltic Fleet. He received his GIT Award trophy – designed by Liverpool Art Prize nominee Jayne Lawless – from the Quietus editor John Doran and Merseyside music journalist and former Q editor Andrew Harrison.
Baltic Fleet is the guise of Paul Fleming, touring keyboardist of Echo & The Bunnymen. His debut record was named Rough Trade’s album of the year and his latest record Towers follows suit with flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge. The judges believe Towers captured the sprawling vitality of contemporary music and married this to a sonic landscape which is indicative of its birth; Northern working class cities which thrive on industry and making things happen.
The Inspiration Award went to The Justice Collective who took a version of He Aint Heavy, He’s My Brother to UK Christmas Number One 2012 with all proceeds going towards Hillsborough Families legal costs in their fight for justice.
On the night there were live performances from the nominees including Baltic Fleet, metal band Conan, alt-folk rising star Nadine Carina and electronic artist John Heckle.
Among the other live performances were Bill Ryder-Jones, Paulo Isocore, Bird, The Wild Eyes and China Crisis’ Gary Daly who performed Wave Machines’ Punk Spirit on their behalf as they toured in France. Sense of Sound’s a capella choir collaborated with electro artist GhostChant for Jetta’s Start A Riot as she prepared to finish recording her debut album in Los Angeles.