The xx have won the Mercury Prize – on the strength of their self-titled debut album. Favourites in the run-up to the event, their acceptance speech was suitably minimalist, with bass player Oliver Simm saying their victory felt “incredible”. Earlier in the evening, the trio had performed the song ‘Night Time’ at the ceremony, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House, Tuesday September 7.
The xx with their Mercury Prize. Taking to the stage to collect their award, the band let Oliver Sim address the audience. Although initially appearing slightly lost for words, Sim went on to explain what the award meant to him. “Thank you so much, we’ve had the most incredible year,” he said. “Everyday we’ve woken up to something incredible.”
The xx play their Mercury Prize winning album live. “We made this album (‘xx’) in a converted garage at our record label,” said Madley Croft explained after the ceremony yesterday (September 7). “We felt very lucky at the time to use it, but I think we’d love to make our own studio, somewhere where we can just experiment and let Jamie [Smith, bandmate] produce.”
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Mercury Prize winners The xx play live earlier in the year. The trio beat the likes of Paul Weller, Foals and Mumford and Sons to the prize on Tuesday (September 7), which was announced at a ceremony in London. Speaking at a press conference shortly after winning, the band said they were still in a state of shock, though they had already made plans about what to do with the prize money.
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Madley Croft from Mercury Prize winners The XX explained yesterday that the band were set to throw a party in celebration of the award last night (September 7), going on to say that she hoped the tube strikes across London wouldn’t have too much of an impact on those attending. “We thought we’d throw one win or lose,” she revealed. “Hopefully people can make it with the tube strike!”
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Mercury Prize winners The xx hang-out together. NME.COM’s Luke Lewis thinks that the band winning was predictable but well deserved. Check out his blog now.
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The xx won the Mercury Music Prize last night (September 7). To hear all of the nominations on the list, including Mumford And Sons and Laura Marling – listen to our playlist now.
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Mercury Prize winners The xx. The London trio collected their award at London’s Grosvenor House on Tuesday (September 7), after a judging panel voted their album ‘xx’ the best of the past year. They beat other nominees including Paul Weller, Foals, Mumford and Sons, Wild Beasts and Laura Marling to the £20,000 prize.
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Mercury Prize winners The xx. Did the judges make the right choice? Have your say in our blog now.
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Paul Weller looks moody as he arrives at the Mercury ceremony. We spoke to him moments earlier on the red carpet. Head to NME.COM/video to watch our on-the-night interviews with Weller and other nominated acts, including Foals and Wild Beasts.
Wild Beasts arrive at the Mercury ceremony. Nominated for their second album ‘Two Dancers’, they performed ‘Hooting And Howling’ on the night. Head to NME.COM/blogs to hear all twelve nominated albums.
Dizzee Rascal arrives at the Mercury Music Prize ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House last night (September 7). As is customary for the ceremony, all of the nominated acts were invited to perform, though Mumford and Sons were allowed to play ‘The Cave’ twice due to technical difficulties blighting the first version of the track.