Shortlist announced for 'Scouse Mercury Prize' the GIT Award

The gong celebrates the best Liverpool act from the past year

Shortlist announced for 'Scouse Mercury Prize' the GIT Award

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The shortlist has been announced for the first ever GIT Award, celebrating the best Merseyside act from over the past 12 months.

12 acts have been shortlisted for the prize, which is named in honour of the Liverpool music blog, Getintothis. Nominees include Bill Ryder-Jones – pictured above – Stealing Sheep and The Tea Street Band.

The founder of the award, Peter Guy has said of the new gong and shortlist: "The first GIT Award shortlist highlights the wealth of new musical talent within Merseyside. The artists are ambitious and inventive, emotional and passionate, funny and profound. They evoke a sense of time and place, providing a wonderful snapshot of Merseyside's varied sonic landscape proving why Liverpool is still the centre of the music universe."

The award received over 380 entries. The winner will be decided on by a panel made up of judges from NME, Liverpool Football Club, Vice magazine, The Quietus and The Guardian and representatives from Getintothis, Bido Lito magazine, Waxxx and EVOL.

One of the judges, NME Radar editor, Matt Wilkinson, has said: "I'm really excited to be on the panel for the GIT Award. Liverpool and its surrounding areas are offering up some of the most exciting and diverse music around at present. I can't wait to get stuck into the shortlist and find a winner."

The winner will be announced on April 27 at Leaf in Liverpool. All the shortlisted artists will perform at the event.

The GIT Award 2012 shortlist is:

Bang On
Ex-Easter Island Head
Forest Swords
Loved Ones
Miss Stylie
Mugstar
Outfit
Ninetails
Bill Ryder-Jones
Stealing Sheep
The Tea Street Band
Esco Williams


The winning act will head up shows at The Old Blue Last in London, Liverpool Sound City and Liverpool Music Week. They will also be given recording time at Liverpool's Sandhills Studio.

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