The Justice Collective honoured with Inspiration Award at Liverpool GIT awards

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

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