Wolf Alice have won this year’s Mercury Prize, beating the favourites for the award.
Wolf Alice’s Visions of Life was one of 12 records shortlisted for the prestigious prize, which celebrates the best of UK music and recognises artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary genres.
The winner was announced at a ceremony in London’s Hammersmith Apollo, which was hosted by Radio One DJ Annie Mac.
The band collected the winner’s trophy and cheque for £25,000, and then performed a song from the winning album ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ to a standing ovation from the audience.
The band looked stunned as they appeared on stage, with singer Ellie Rowsell saying: “Thank you so much, this means so much to pick this up with my three best friends.”
The judging panel said: “From an incredibly broad list of remarkable music, Wolf Alice emerged as the overall winner due to their ability to deliver an album that combines the epic and intimate in equal measure. It is a journey of a record – with euphoric festival anthems and moments of subtle beauty – it is an album articulated with confidence and adventure. For them, the world awaits!”
Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were also in the running for the prestigious award. In 2017, Sampha took home the award for his album ‘Process’.