GIT AWARDS 2014: Forest Swords ‘honoured and proud’ to be crowned winner


Forest Swords
aka Wirral musician Matthew Barnes was crowned GIT Award 2014 winner at a lavish celebration of Liverpool’s thriving music scene held at the Kazimier. The experimental producer beat off competition from a strong shortlist to win the award which celebrates and promotes the best of Merseyside music.

Barnes sent a word of thanks from his sellout show in Brighton saying he was ‘honoured and proud’ to be playing a part in Merseyside’s rich arts and music scene – while legendary reggae star and Forest Swords collaborator Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry sent a personal tribute from his home in Jamaica.

Forest Swords’ debut album ‘Engravings’, released through NYC label Tri Angle, received blanket international acclaim. It was Dazed & Confused, Clash Magazine and Mixmag’s album of the month with single Thor’s Stone reaching #1 on the Hype Machine charts. The album spent two weeks in the top 25 of the US Billboard charts, and charted in the top two of the iTunes electronic charts in US, UK, Canada and Spain.

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The live show – which has features a visual collaboration with Liverpool film maker Sam Wiehl – has toured Europe as main support to Mogwai, playing at SXSW in Austin Texas, a North American tour with How To Dress Well plus sell out shows across Europe.

Fresh from his sell out American and European tour, Forest Swords aka Matthew Barnes said: “I’m very pleased and honoured to be this year’s recipient of the GIT Award. I feel proud to live and work on Merseyside which has such a rich culture of music and art right now, and which every musician in Liverpool – shortlisted for this award or not – contributes to. Although I am unable to attend tonight, I’m honoured to be nominated alongside so many great local artists.

“I was lucky enough for the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to remix of a track of mine earlier in the year. I was uncomfortable with the idea of doing my own acceptance video for this award, so I asked the master himself to do it for me. I know he also feels a love for Liverpool. Thank you so much.”

Other winners in the night were Inspiration winners Africa Oye and 17 year old female electronic artist Låpsley who picked up GIT Award’s new One To Watch prize.

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