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The GIT Awards are coming



LIVERPOOL’S GIT (Getintothis) Award 2013 will take place at Leaf on Bold Street on Friday 19 April, where the shortlisted artists are expected to perform – with the winner collecting £1000 in prize money on the night.

The GIT Award, dubbed ‘the Scouse Mercury Prize,’ enjoyed a hugely successful inaugural year in 2012 and the stakes will be even higher when the 2013 winner of this now established award is revealed later this year.

The evening at Leaf, which also played host to last year’s ceremony, is invite only and will include performances from those shortlisted. The shortlist, which will be announced in March, will be devised by a 12-strong judging panel including 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Q editor Andrew Harrison, NME radar editor Matt Wilkinson plus the cornerstones of the Liverpool music scene.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 while a special Inspiration Award, recognising significant outstanding achievement to Liverpool’s music industry (won last year by the team behind Liverpool venue, The Kazimier), will also be presented.

Since its inception the GIT award has captured the music industry’s attention, becoming the first regional award of its kind to champion new and emerging music and garnering national and international industry and press recognition.

Liverpool has long been considered a hotbed of musical talent and The GIT Award is committed to putting the city’s most innovative new bands and artists on the national and international stage.  The closing date for entries is February 28 2013.

To enter this year’s prize musicians are asked to send four tracks to getintothis@gmail.com or post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. 


Alas this isn’t me

If at the beginning of my role as one of Liverpool’s Cultural Champions I would have become pregnant then right about now I’d more than likely be crying ” Get it out! Get it out! Why hasn’t the epidural worked? and other such favoured and deserved lines of the expectant mother. In an obviously  far less traumatic way this has kind of occurred. No banana flavour pizza cravings or swollen feet (well maybe the odd blister) but a healthy gestation period of three trimesters each one enabling the next to build and thrive eventually giving birth to  a wailing newborn. This newborn would be ME

After reading a very recent blog from my fellow Champion Andrea I felt inspired nay compulsed to endorse her statement about changing your relationship with the City. For what us Cultural Champions would hope to achieve I don’t think it could have been put better and it’s in changing my relationship with this City that I have become the aforementioned newborn.  I’m not about to advertise events that are upcoming or places to go or things to see (although I do promise  handy links  to appear at the end). Rather I would advertise a change of habit. Over these nine months my habits changed dramatically from a bloke who sought comfort usually from laying horizontally on his couch in an effort to decompress and slumber away the weekly toil to someone on the lookout for an inexpensive and fulfilling new event and in truth it was instantaneous.

Apart from  giving you the old platitude of  ‘ keep an open mind’  If I had to give any practical advice it would simply be to ditch the T.V. guide for a Whats on Guide and take your pick. Dare yourself to go. I guarantee they’ll be expecting you. We don’t have a Biennial in Liverpool just so  the Art Students have something every two years to muse over. It was for YOU. Yes YOU.  An Open Mic night at that Cool Bistro isn’t  just for the Musos to check out the competition. It’s for YOU. The free Origami workshop at the local Library is there for YOU. Honestly I swear.

Even as a Cultural Champion I held certain reservations about my entitlement to appear at a new event on the grounds that I had no background in whatever  was launched. I quickly got on to the fact that there is nothing expected of me but to be there . This applies to all.  Armed with this reassurance I didn’t just dip my toes but plunged Tom Daley style into what the Pool provided ( Hows about that for a play on words eh!). Each event seemed to be a stepping stone to another event I’d have never  known of  had I not turned up to the former and so on and so forth. New friendships forged,  new talent witnessed, unexpected surprises and a busy diary were all a consequence of this change of habit. This new relationship with Liverpool. This New birth. This Year of the Butterfly effect.

For those about to dip their toes we salute you:  culture.org.uk/


Where have you been all my life

I’d been shopping in Marks & Spencer the other day.  When I walked outside I stood stock still looking like a drooling fool until one of my colleagues came along and asked if I was ok.  Truth was, I’d had a sudden and overwhelming sense that I no longer knew my life.

My life used to be quiet and sedate and now here I am, a Cultural Champion, and life has become a great big massive whirl.

One of the things that’s surprised me more than anything is the sheer amount of stuff there is to see and do in Liverpool.  Another is the fact that, no matter what event you go to, there are always loads of other people who already know all about it.   I wasn’t prepared for this at all.  Had I been living under a cultural rock all this time?

I was out with my favourite +1 friend, Vickie, one night at a packed event and we were wondering how all of these people know about all the stuff that’s going on.  Now we’re a couple of generally savvy, up-and-at-em women, but we never knew about all the stuff out there. As we pondered this, Vickie quite eloquently said,

This is like An Idiot Abroad in your own city.

She couldn’t have been more right.

The other thing I’ve done is I’ve started to look up.  It doesn’t sound much, but it’s made a massive difference to me.  As I go about my daily business, instead of looking down, or at my phone, or, more often, inward, I’ve actually opened my eyes and looked at what’s happening around me.  It’s amazing and I urge you to do it.

On my way home one night, instead of flicking through Facebook and Twitter on my phone, I looked out of the window of the bus I was on.  As I did I saw adverts for shows and events I could go to and I witnessed the gorgeous sight of a guy with a guitar, an amp and a mic on the corner of Mathew Street singing Fast Car while no-one else noticed him.  I wish he could’ve seen me watching him.  He was great.

As we approach the last two months of being Cultural Champions, trying to pack in everything we can, I’m astonished at the sheer volume of things there are to do.

Last night as I was waiting for the bus home after a particularly great event we’d been to, I listened to two strangers having a conversation at the bus stop.  One guy was from Cumbria and the other, from Liverpool, was asking him about life in the city.  The guy from Cumbria talked so passionately about the culture in Liverpool, I was really proud of my city and very moved as he said, “There’s so much culture in this place, I don’t think you realise how lucky you are.”

Well I for one am starting to see that.  In the next two short months, I’ll never fit in everything I want to and so I’ll simply carry on into 2013 and beyond.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Just get your family, your friends, or even – as I’ve done – people you know vaguely, and go out and see what’s on offer.  Sod the housework, the ironing, the garden – they’ll all be there when you get back – and, like me, you might just find it changes everything for you.  Like me, you might just find that it will change your relationships with others, your relationship with this wonderful, unique city, maybe even your life.

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