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Wolf Alice Win 2018 Mercury Prize

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 21 September 2018

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The London quartet triumphed with their sophomore album 'Visions of a Life'.

London indie band Wolf Alice defied the bookies’ predictions and beat a number of big-name artists to win the 2018 Mercury Prize last night, for their second album Visions of a Life.

The quartet genuinely did seem lost for words as they accepted the trophy and £25,000 prize, having edged out 11 other artists on Thursday night at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, including established names like Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and the hotly-tipped favourite Nadine Shah.

“It means so much to pick this up with my three best friends,” Wolf Alice’s frontwoman Ellie Rowsell said, looking shocked at the group’s triumph, before her bandmate Theo Ellis stepped in.

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Wolf Alice Will "Say Goodbye For A While" Before Third Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 09 August 2018

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Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell said that, once the cycle for 'Visions of a Life' ends, the band will go on hiatus for a bit.

After a triumphant year touring their excellent second album, Wolf Alice are planning to “say goodbye for a while” before they get round to recording a third, according to their lead singer Ellie Rowsell.

Since the end of 2017, the London-based four piece have been on a triumphant world tour in support of their second album Visions of a Life, which last month was nominated for this year’s prestigious Mercury Prize alongside the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine.

However, speaking to DIY Magazine this week, frontwoman Rowsell confirmed recent rumours that the group will be “having a party” at the end of the current tour and promotional cycle, although she did deny recent reports that a blowout at the O2 Arena was on the cards.

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Wolf Alice performing as part of a concert for the non-profit organization 'War Child' at Manchester's Gorilla bar - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 20th February 2018

On The Road Review


Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the band's UK and Ireland tour. On the one hand, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom had complete access backstage, so he catches the band members on the tour bus, in the dressing room and around town. But nothing very interesting happens with them, and their performances are cut short on-screen. Instead, there's an awkward fictional storyline stirred in that feels like little more than a distraction.

This artificial plot centres on 21-year-old London music executive Estelle (Leah Harvey), who joins Wolf Alice as they travel to Belfast and Dublin, then crisscross England, Scotland and Wales before heading to London. Along the way, Estelle falls for roadie Joe (James McArdle) and they have a rather torrid fling. Meanwhile, the bandmates (Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey and Theo Ellis) are lounging around, trying to find time to sleep, doing interviews with local press and having photo shoots in between their gigs, at which they're supported by Bloody Knees and Swim Deep.

Oddly, the film doesn't really work as a rock doc, since Winterbottom only includes snippets of the songs. This is a shame, since Rowsell has so much stage charisma, elevating Wolf Alice's distinct brand of edgy pop. But the strangest thing is that the bandmates never get up to any backstage antics at all. They have some late-night raves in pubs, but they otherwise reveal very little about themselves. Even in the interviews, the questions are all resolutely superficial. Instead, the movie seeks some emotional interest in the romance between Estelle and Joe, cross-cutting their languid sex with the band's stage performances. Both Harvey and McArdle are solid in the roles, but there's no context to their interaction. And the meeting with his mother (a cameo from Shirley Henderson) in Glasgow is bizarrely pointless.

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WolfAlice play a secret set on the Festival Republic stage on the Sunday at Leeds Festival 2017 at Bramham Park - Leeds, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th August 2017

Wolf Alice - The Venue, Derby 16.08.2017 Live Review

By Mark Moore in Music Reviews on 25 August 2017

Wolf Alice have gone through the newcomers stages, they have nailed all their live shows to date and are still getting better each time. Debut album 'My Love Is Cool' was an amazing first record and they really showed Glastonbury what they are made of.

All this and their feet are still firmly on the ground, not allowing themselves to be pressured into release another album and yet still not sitting back on what they have achieved so far. Wolf Alice have been teasing us with new songs for the difficult second album and with the opener 'Yuk Foo' it seems that we are in for a treat.

Rather than taking some time-out, Wolf Alice are out doing a mini tour before the release of the new record, to be followed by a full UK tour later in the year. Tonight is the turn of The Venue at Derby, and it's a breath of fresh air to see that they are not hitting arenas; these are the places where music lives.

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Wolf Alice Unveil New Song 'Yuk Foo', With Album And Tour Coming This Fall

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 13 June 2017

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'Visions of a Life' is Wolf Alice's forthcoming second album.

Wolf Alice are set to return with their second studio album later this year entitled 'Visions of a Life'. They have also dropped the first song from the record, 'Yuk Foo', and announce dates for their summer North American tour and their Fall European tour.

Image caption Wolf Alice to launch new album 'Visions of a Life'

The Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated London four-piece follow up their 2015 debut album 'My Love Is Cool' with 'Visions Of A Life' this September. They have just premiere their new track 'Yuk Foo' on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show as her Hottest Record in the World.

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Wolf Alice performing on the second day of Bestival 2016 held at robin hill country park, Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Saturday 10th September 2016

Wolf Alice - Rock City, Nottingham 23.03.2016 Live Review

By Mark Moore in Music Reviews on 30 March 2016

2015 was a massive year for Wolf Alice and it looks like 2016 could be so much bigger, after finishing their current UK tour, the group will travel to America for a national headline tour.

Tonight Wolf Alice are gearing up for their show and it feels like you can't fit another person in the venue! The band enters the stage with Ellie sporting a long white t-shirt dress and Dr Martins, and pulls the look off effortlessly.

We are treated to an instrumental intro which smoothly changes into 'Your Loves Whore' then, for me what is the best song on the album (somehow not made the top 40 charts!!!!), 'You're A Germ. A great build up and the the whole of Rock City began bouncing along to Ellie's standout vocal: "You ain't going to heaven (eyes wide, eyes wide)

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Ellie Rowsell - Wolf Alice in concert at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, Britain - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th March 2016

Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

By Chloe Dobinson in Music / Festivals on 02 January 2016

Blur Drake The Libertines The Weeknd Foals Kendrick Lamar Florence and the Machine Muse Wolf Alice Disclosure

Chloe Dobinson recaps her favourite albums of 2015

Image caption Florence Welch performing at Glastonbury 2015

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Wolf Alice Unveil Major UK Tour Details And Summery New Single 'Bros'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 29 April 2015

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The band release their debut album 'My Love Is Cool' in June.

Currently selling out venues across North America, Wolf Alice gear up for a major tour of the UK in the Autumn; their biggest set of dates yet that will follow a full summer festival schedule and include a homecoming gig at Brixton Academy in London.

Image caption Wolf Alice embark on their biggest UK tour

We predicted that this year would be an incredible one for Wolf Alice and we weren't wrong. As well as a sell-out tour across the US and Canada this Spring followed by an entire summer of festival frivolities, the rock four-piece will be embarking on their biggest ever UK tour in September 2015, hitting up venues the likes of Brixton Academy, Manchester's Albert Hall, Bristol Academy and Birmingham Institute.

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Wolf Alice - Wolf Alice play live at Cambridge Junction, Cambridge at Cambridge Junction - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Friday 10th April 2015