Shortlist Announced For Liverpool's GIT Award

16 February 2015, 10:00

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The annual prize celebrates the best in music from the Merseyside and this year's nominees include Circa Waves, Lapsley and Sundowners.

Nicknamed "the Scouse Mercury Prize" and now in its fourth year, the GIT Awards looks to reflect the always vibrant music scene in Liverpool. The winner will pick up a specially-commissioned award and a cheque for £1,000.

12 acts have been shortlisted for the prize this year, with Circa Waves amongst the nominees ahead of the release of their debut album Young Chasers in March.

Also included in the list is Great Xpectations pick Lapsley, who won last year's One To Watch prize at the same ceremony.

Singer-songwriter Jane Weaver, We Are Catchers. D R O H N E, Hooton Tennis Club, Esa Shields, Roxanne Jones, Gulf, Xam Vole and Sundowners are also up for the prize.

Radio X's Mike Walsh and a panel of other industry experts helped whittle down the shortlist from 330 eligible bands and performers to the shortlist of 12. Previous winners include Loved Ones, Baltic Fleet and Forest Swords.

The winner will be announced on 4 April at The Kazimier in the city's Wolstenholme Square, with an Inspiration Award also set to be given out. The shortlisted acts will also perform at the ceremony.