Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Prize, picking up the gong for their album, ‘Dead’. They beat off competing entries from the likes of Jungle, Kate Tempest, Bombay Bicycle Club, Royal Blood and Anna Calvi, amongst others.
“We’re an odd group,” the band told DIY before the ceremony. “It’s not something you can just sell to people and be like, ‘This is it’. This isn’t a guitar band. It’s not something that’s straight down the line.”
They were awarded the accolade at a ceremony in the Roundhouse, London this evening (Wednesday 29th October), which also saw live performances from each of the artists in the running.
The full list of nominees was as follows:
Anna Calvi - One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs - LP1
GoGo Penguin - V2.0
Jungle - Jungle
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Polar Bear - In Each And Every One
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Young Fathers - Dead
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