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Mercury Music Prize: In Defence Of Young Fathers

By Michael West | 30th October 2014

It wasn't quite the token jazz act winning the award, and it wasn't quite Speech Debelle but there were audible gasps inside London's Roundhouse when Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Young Fathers were announced as the winner...

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Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize

By Ed Biggs | 29th October 2014

Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the final nod from the judges when the announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue...

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Fka Twigs Favourite To Win Mercury Music Prize As Bookies Pray For Upset

By Michael West | 29th October 2014

Bookmakers will be hoping for a surprise result at the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday night (October 29, 2014) as punters continue to back favourites FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest. The latest odds have the...

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Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations

By Ed Biggs | 15th September 2014

The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong...

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East India Youth Is Smart Bet For 'Mercury Music Awards' 2014

By Michael West | 11th September 2014

The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last year but still mostly uninspiring - also includes Kate Tempest,...

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Our Picks For The Mercury Nominations

By Ed Biggs | 9th September 2014

The nominations for the Mercury Music Prize are set to be announced tomorrow afternoon. Twelve artists who have released albums between 10 September 2013 and 8 September 2014 will be selected by the panel of...

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Halt-j? No Way - Mercury Winners Alt-j Will Continue Despite Gwil Sainsbury Exit

By Jack de Aguilar | 13th January 2014

In an unexpected shakeup of one of 2013’s most talked-about bands, Gwil Sainsbury left Alt-J following their Mercury win; but that doesn’t mean the end for the now-three-piece formed in Leeds back in 2007, as...

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Is Laura Mvula The Winner Of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?

By Michael West | 30th October 2013

Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.Laura Mvula Is The Favourite...

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"God Help Them" - Is Kevin Shields Right About The Mercury Music Prize?

By Michael West | 13th September 2013

Kevin Shields, the singer and guitarist with the influential shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine, has accused the Mercury Music prize of "banning" his band's music from consideration for the award. Sheilds' band were left off...

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To No One's Surprise, Alt-j Win The Mercury Prize!

By Lorna Greville  | 1st November 2012

Congrats to the Scotch quartet, Alt-J! The alternative indie act have pretty much been the favourite for the prize since the nominations were released, and now they have proven all their backers right. Despite having...

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A Brief Run Down Of The Mercury Prize Favourites

By Lorna Greville  | 31st October 2012

The Mercury Prize is set to be awarded tomorrow (1st Nov. 2012), and true to form and tradition, many of the artists in the nomination lists are ones that you may never have heard, or...

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U2 Win At Gq Men Of The Year Awards

7th September 2011

U2 were named Band of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year awards last night (06.09.11).The 'Elevation' rockers were honoured after completing the highest grossing tour of all time this summer and performing...

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Biffy Clyro To Be Named Best British Band

23rd May 2011

Biffy Clyro are set to be named Royal Albert Hall Best British Band at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in July.The Scottish trio, who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize last year,...

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Brandon Flowers Tops The UK Album Chart

13th September 2010

BRANDON FLOWERS, frontman of rock band THE KILLERS, is set to release his solo album 'Flamingo' in the US tomorrow, and the record is already topping the charts in the UK, going straight in at...

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People's Mercury Favourite Paul Weller

7th September 2010

Paul Weller is favourite to win tonight's (07.09.10) Mercury Music Prize. There have been an unprecedented number of bets at bookmakers on the singer and internet polls have been flooded with votes for his album...

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Klaxons Initially Unprepared

27th August 2010

Klaxons wasted "a lot of time and money" by going into the studio unprepared. The psychedelic rock band famously had their initial attempt at recording second album 'Surfing The Void' scrapped by their record company,...

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Secret Brits Gomez

21st August 2009

Gomez fans don't realise they are British.The 'Whipping Picadilly' rockers - who recently announced plans to tour the UK in November - moved to America several years ago and admit their US followers are often...

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Elbow Pick Up Two Ivor Novello Awards

22nd May 2009

Elbow have followed up their recent Mercury Music Prize with two Ivor Novello awards.The indie band won the award for best song musically and lyrically for One Day Like This and the best contemporary song...

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Pj Harvey Reveals Collaboration Inspiration

14th May 2009

PJ HARVEY'S collaboration with JOHN PARISH happened after she stumbled across an old cassette tape of their previous attempt to work together, the singer has revealed.In an interview with NME Radio, the MAN SIZE star...

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The Klaxons Go Green

6th May 2009

Nu-rave rockers THE KLAXONS have gone low-carbon for the recording of their new album. The band are currently working on the fabled "difficult second album", but even though the creative process might be taking its...

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Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan To Tour Us

14th April 2009

ISOBEL CAMPBELL and MARK LANEGAN are set to play their first US gigs together next month, it has been revealed.The pair released their debut album together back in 2006, but while Ballad of The Broken...

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Elbow Talk Fifth Album

23rd January 2009

ELBOW have been discussing their forthcoming album, which they say will be a departure from their previous work.The Manchester band have enjoyed huge success of late, with last album THE SELDOM SEEN KID winning the...

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South Bank Show Award For Mercury Winners Elbow

20th January 2009

Mercury Music prize winners Elbow and theatre impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh have been honoured at the annual South Bank Show awards.The Mancunian band claimed the pop award while Sir Cameron - whose new production of...

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Elbow Album Tops Music Critics' Annual Poll Of Polls

30th December 2008

Mancunian quintet Elbow have crowned a successful 2008 by winning the HMV poll of polls survey.The indie five-piece won the Mercury Music prize earlier this year for The Seldom Seen Kid, with their 18-year career...

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Elbow Album Tops Music Critics' Annual 'Poll Of Polls'

30th December 2008

Mancunian quintet Elbow have crowned a successful 2008 by winning the HMV 'Poll of Polls' survey.The indie five-piece won the Mercury Music Prize earlier this year for The Seldom Seen Kid, with their 18-year career...

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Time To Pretend Named Track Of The Year

20th December 2008

MGMT's Time to Pretend has been voted track of the year by readers of music industry staple CMU Daily.It saw off a close challenge from Florence And The Machine's Dog Days Are Over, which had...

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Dizzee Rascal Arrested Over Baseball Bat Incident

13th December 2008

Rapper Dizzee Rascal has been arrested following an incident with a baseball bat, police have reportedly confirmed.Reports claim that the Dizzee – real name Dylan Mills – was detained on suspicion of possessing an offensive...

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Mercury Winners Elbow Announce 2009 UK Tour

4th November 2008

Elbow have announced a 2009 tour which will conclude with their biggest ever UK show.The Mercury prize winners will take to the stage on the south coast, in the north-east and in Wales and Scotland...

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Estelle Up For More Awards After Urban Music Nominations

17th September 2008

Estelle has followed her Mobo nominations with five nods for the 2008 UK Urban Music awards (UMAs).It was revealed last week that the American Boy star has been nominated for five gongs at this year's...

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Roni Size 'May Disband Reprazent'

17th September 2008

RONI SIZE has revealed that his collective REPRAZENT may split after work is completed on their next album.The band won the Mercury Music Prize in 1997 for their album NEW FORMS and have returned to...

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