Young Fathers win Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
29 October 2014, 22:25
Dead by the Scottish band has been picked as the Best British Album of the year. Their acceptance speech was: “Thank you, thank you. We love you all".
A panel of judges - including Radio X's John Kennedy and musician Lianne La Havas - named the record as the winner, following a night of performances by all the artists nominated at The Roundhouse in London. The winner of the award also receives a £20,000 prize and, usually, an uplift in album sales.
The hip hop trio of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham "G" Hastings are based in Edinburgh and released their debut EP Tape One in 2011. The follow-up - titled Tape Two, unsurprisingly - won the Scottish Album Of The Year award for 2013 at a ceremony in June.
Simon Frith, Chair of Judges for the prize said, “Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas – forceful, unexpected and moving.”
While singer-songwriter FKA Twigs was favourite with the bookies, the Scottish band beat off stiff competition from albums including Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn, Everybody Down by Kate Tempest, Bombay Bicycle Club's So Long See You Tomorrow and Royal Blood's self-titled debut.
Many of the artists are also making the recordings of their live performances available to download exclusively from iTunes in order to raise money for War Child – head to www.itunes.com/mercuryprize
Previous winners of the prize have included The xx, PJ Harvey, Elbow and Primal Scream.