Joanna Gruesome win Welsh Music Prize

Photo: Emma Swann

Band’s debut LP ‘Weird Sister’ bags gong

Joanna Gruesome have been awarded the fourth annual Welsh Music Prize for their album ‘Weird Sister’.

At a ceremony in Cardiff earlier today (28th November), the band’s debut LP trumped competition from Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon, Gulp, Kutosis, Samoans and previous winners Future of the Left and Gruff Rhys.

The LP was released in September 2013 and produced by Hookworms’ MJ. In spite of bagging the prize it is yet to be seen whether Joanna Gruesome will claim the money, having jokingly tweeted earlier that they would donate the prize money to Manic Street Preachers should they be victorious.

Created in 2011 by Swn Festival collaborators Huw Stephens and John Rostron, the Welsh Music Prize aims to celebrate home grown talent and provide a greater platform for Welsh musicians. The ceremony comes at the end of a year in which the Welsh Music Foundation was forced to close after losing its government grant.

Read DIY’s review of ‘Weird Sister’ here


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