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Ex- Leeds Uni band win Mercury Prize

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J
Mercury Prize winners Alt-J Credit: Press Association

Indie quartet Alt-J have won the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave. The band members, who met at Leeds University in 2007, looked stunned as they collected the award - despite long being the bookies' favourites.

After five years of hard work, the band beat acts such as rapper Plan B to win the £20,000 award at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley Credit: Press Association

Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who was nominated for his album Standing At The Sky's Edge, narrowly missed out again - six years after claiming he was controversially "robbed".

Accepting the award on stage, Alt-J - which comprises Thom Green (drums), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) - said there were too many people to thank but did thank their parents for "not making us get jobs".

Former Leeds College of Music students Roller Trio were also nominated for their eponymously-named funk-infused jazz album .

Roller Trio Credit: Press Association

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Region's musicians up for top industry prize

The shortlist of Albums of the Year for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize has been released.

12 albums have made it through, including 3 by artists from our region.

They include:

  • Richard Hawley 'Standing at the Sky's Edge', which refers to Sky Edge in his native Sheffield.
  • Alt-J (?) 'An Awesome Wave', which is the first album of the band, who all met at the University of Leeds in 2007.
  • Roller Trio 'Roller Trio', which is their debut album having met at Leeds College of Music and won the 2011 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award.

The overall winner will be decided at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse in London on Thursday 1 November 2012.

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