Southport-based singer-songwriter ASTLES was crowned the winner of this years Merseyrail Sound Station Prize after a final at Moorfields bursting with quality acts throughout the afternoon.

Each one of the 10 artists performing in front of a panel of judges and an enthusiastic crowd at Moorfields Station impressed with fantastic sets. The winner was announced at an evening presentation event at HUS with performances from last years victor Katy Alex and Astles himself.

Astles will appear on the next edition of the Merseyrail Sound Station podcast due out on Friday.

Head judge Christopher Torpey of project partners Bido Lito! magazine said of Astles: “The final was, yet again, another fiercely competitive affair, and all of the judges remarked on how high the standard of performances was. Which, of course, made our job of choosing a clear winner all the more difficult.

“Overall, Astles impressed us all with a really accomplished set and the huge amount of potential he possesses. I’m looking forward to seeing what he/she/they achieve in the future!”

Check back for Astles session as part of the Merseyrail Sound Station podcast and a full gallery of images from the festival at Moorfields.

Photo by Keith Ainsworth