The shortlist for the first GIT awards has been announced. Started this year by local music blog Getintothis, it aims to showcase the best musical offerings the city and region has to offer. The nominees run a li’l something like this:
Ex-Easter Island Head
The Tea Street Band
It’s a pretty solid representation of what’s been happening here over the past few years, giving nods to the more established artists (Mugstar, Bill Ryder-Jones) and newbies (Ninetails). There’s some Mercury Prize-style genre-hopping too, with Bang On and Miss Stylie’s excellent hip hop/grime and Esco Williams’ soul music all represented.
The overall winner’s announced on 27th April (bagging themselves studio time and slots at the city’s music festivals), but stay tuned over the next couple of days for a special look at the nominees.