The Mercury Prize is the UK and Ireland’s version of Canada’s Polaris Prize: an award voted on by music wonks throughout the kingdom and Ireland that goes to the best album of the last twelve months regardless of genre or commercial success.
The bookies had picked Nadine Shah to win with her third album, Holiday Destination. The grand jury, however, disagreed and gave it to Wolf Alice and their 2017 record, Vision of a Life. They took home the top prize of £25,000.
Here’s a sample from that album.
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