September 10, 2008

A Joint Effort By Elbow

COOL band Elbow were celebrating today after announced winning this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize.

Their album, The Seldom Seen Kid, beat 11 others to win the title and pounds 20,000 at a ceremony in London.

The prize champions UK music and is open to all genres of music.

It attracted around 240 entries this year, more than ever before.

The Bury outfit's fourth disc darts between sparse electronica, flamenco influenced beats and Led Zeppelin rock.

Radiohead, Estelle, Last Shadow Puppets, Adele, Stourbridge star Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, British Sea Power, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Laura Marling, Portico Quartet, Burial and Neon Neon, the alter ego of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, were also up for the award.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey said, as the band collected their award: "I know we're supposed to be cool but this is quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to us."

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