The Justice Collective honoured with Inspiration Award at Liverpool GIT awards

Baltic Fleet also take home to prize at 'Scouse Mercury Prize' bash

The Justice Collective honoured with Inspiration Award at Liverpool GIT awards

Photo: Justice Collective

Liverpool's music scene was celebrated at the second annual GIT awards last night (April 19), with Baltic Fleet taking home the 'Scouse Mercury Music' prize while The Justice Collective were honoured with The Inspiration Award.

The Farm's Kevin Mullen was on hand to pick up the award, which they received in recognition of their all-star charity single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'. The track, which was last year's Christmas Number One Single, was released to raise funds and help the families of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. To watch the video's single, which includes cameos from Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams, click at the bottom of the page.

Meanwhile, Baltic Fleet, who were selected as winners of the main gong from a shortlist of 12 acts, were the first of the nominees to perform live on the night and were rewarded with a prize of £1000 as well as a slot playing the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival this June.

Speaking to NME, the band's creative catalyst Paul Fleming, who started writing for the group while playing keyboards on tour for Echo And The Bunnymen, said: "It was just an honour to be included … I'm blown away."

With some of the nominated acts were unable to attend the ceremony due to touring commitments, they were able to pick representatives to perform on their behalf, with Stealing Sheep's choice Bird proving to be a highlight as they played their velvet-soft dream pop from high up in the venue's balcony. Standout performances from the nominees who were in attendance, meanwhile, included 15-year-old Tyler Mensah's rendition of Frank Ocean's 'Novacane' and techno producer John Heckle's high-octane finale, while former The Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones also delivered a high-spirited solo slot.

Despite losing out in the evening's main prize, Mensah did win The People's Choice Award, which was voted for by listeners and readers of Bido Lito!, Getintothis, Seven Streets and Juice FM.

GIT Awards organiser Peter Guy said: "This year's gone to another level, tonight’s a real nucleus of creativity; Baltic Fleet are phenomenal but these awards are about everyone, and indicative that it’s a special time in Liverpool at the moment."

The full list of nominated acts for this year's GIT Award prize were as follows:

Baltic Fleet
By The Sea
Dan Croll
John Heckle
Nadine Carina
Tyler Mensah
Stealing Sheep
Wave Machines

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Rolling Stones 'floating the idea' of playing 'Sticky Fingers' in full on...
Save Soho campaign announce London club night The Residency
The Beatles' Ringo Starr pays tribute to Cynthia Lennon
East London venue Rich Mix facing closure
O2 Priority Tickets for James Bay, The War On Drugs and Action Bronson available now
Swedish parliament votes to keep law banning dancing in public
John Lennon's former wife Cynthia dies following battle with cancer
Damon Albarn says Blur were 'too young and stupid' to value their relationship in the past
Scott Weiland guitarist Jeremy Brown dies aged 34
Vine of Maple The Dog playing drums to White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' goes viral
Glasgow's Arches venue saved from shutting as council rejects police closure order
Midweek chart update: The Prodigy outselling James Bay two to one in race for top spot
Run The Jewels' third album will be 'the hardest shit you've ever heard'
Paul McCartney says he finds inspiration for new songs on the toilet
Lana Del Rey and Grimes to tour US together this summer
Avril Lavigne says she 'thought she was dying' following Lyme Disease diagnosis
Madame Tussauds hire 'tissue attendants' to dry eyes of teary One Direction fans after...
The Cribs claim that 'old school dinosaurs' have blocked their efforts to become a...
Royal Albert Hall discover Beatles 'hidden documents' in April Fool's Day spoof
Jarvis Cocker speaks out against demolition of Sheffield record shop
George Ezra reveals he has quit drinking
Noah and The Whale split up in order to focus on solo projects

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM