The dance artist awarded the city's version of the Mercury Music Prize on Friday (April 11)

Forest Swords has won this year’s GIT Award

The dance artist, real name Matthew Barnes, was awarded the coveted award, which is often referred to as Liverpool’s version of the Mercury Music Prize, at a ceremony in the city’s Kazimier venue on Friday (April 11).

Forest Swords was unable to pick up his award in person, but he sent the following message – via the
Liverpool Echo– from his show in Brighton, after an acceptance speech video from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

“I’m very pleased and honoured to be this year’s recipient of the GIT Award,” he said. “I feel proud to live and work on Merseyside which has such a rich culture of music and art right now, and which every musician in Liverpool – shortlisted for this award or not – contributes to.”

He added: “I was lucky enough for the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to remix of a track of mine earlier in the year. I was uncomfortable with the idea of doing my own acceptance video for this award, so I asked the master himself to do it for me. I know he also feels a love for Liverpool. Thank you so much.”

The ‘Get Into This’ award was last year won by the Loved Ones.