British rockers Wolf Alice upset odds to win Mercury Prize

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Nominated for their album "Visions of a Life", the four members of Wolf Alice, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell and Theo Ellis pose for a photograph upon arrival for the 2018 Mercury Music prize awards ceremony in central London on September 20, 2018. The Mercury Prize seeks to promote the best of UK and Irish music and the artists that produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ëAlbums of the Yearí, by the 12 shortlisted artists. - Restricted to editorial use, no marketing no advertising campaigns / AFP / Tolga AKMEN / Restricted to editorial use, no marketing no advertising campaigns

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  • Wolf Alice’s critically-acclaimed album charted at number two in Britain on its release in September

LONDON: Rockers Wolf Alice defied the odds to win Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize on Thursday for their second album “Visions of a Life,” beating off competition from heavyweights Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher.
“This means so much,” said emotional frontwoman Ellie Rowsell as she picked up the £25,000 ($33,000, 28,000 euros) prize, which is presented annually for the best album released by a British or Irish artist, according to a panel of judges.
The north London four-piece, who released their debut album in 2015, join past winners including Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, The xx and grime star Skepta.
The band, whose critically-acclaimed album charted at number two in Britain on its release in September, closed out the show with a celebratory performance of album track “Don’t Delete the Kisses.”

 

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