ALT-J win Mercury Prize

Alt-J..."I don’t think any of us would be in a band if it wasn’t this one"

Last night, Alt-J proved the bookies right by walking away with the 2012 Mercury Music Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave.

they will walk away with the £20,000 winners’ cheque – and the increased profile and record sales that are promised alongside it – for their album An Awesome Wave at the award ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

Joe Newman, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Gwil Sainsbury, who formed at Leeds University in 2007, have been one of the surprise successes of the year, coming from obscurity to become the favourite for the prize which was celebrating its 20th year.

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