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‘Epic and intimate’: Wolf Alice wins the Mercury Prize 2018 for Visions of a Life

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North London rockers Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize with their album Visions of a Life.

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The awards, which took place last night, saw the 2018 album beat off competition from nominees including Everything Everything, Jorja Smith and Florence + the Machine.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year rewards the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of genres.

Other nominees for the 2018 prize included Everything is Recorded, King Krule, Lily Allen, Nadine Shah, Arctic Monkeys, Novelist and Sons of Kemet.

The awards show, which took place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, was hosted by BBC Music’s Annie Mac. Guest presenter Clara Amfo announced Wolf Alice as the overall winner.

 

Watch the moment Wolf Alice was announced as the Mercury winner 2018 here:

 

On the album, the judges said: “From an incredibly broad list of remarkable music, Wolf Alice emerged as the overall winner due to their ability to deliver an album that combines the epic and intimate in equal measure.

“It is a journey of a record – with euphoric festival anthems and moments of subtle beauty – it is an album articulated with confidence and adventure. For them, the world awaits!"

The band collected the winner’s trophy and a cheque for £25,000, before performing Don't Delete The Kisses from the winning album to a standing ovation from the audience.

 

The Mercury Prize’s digital music partner, Spotify, is supporting the Hyundai Mercury Prize through its channels. Spotify is also helping music fans discover new music with playlists featuring the 12 shortlisted artists and albums. Listen to Wolf Alice's winners playlist HERE

Watch all live performances from the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show on the BBC Music YouTube channel HERE.

Read The National Student’s September 2017 interview with Wolf Alice HERE and our 4-star review of Visions of a Life HERE

 

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