Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize for their second album, 2017’s Visions of a Life.
On receiving the award, frontperson Ellie Rowsell said: “This means so much to pick this up with my three best friends”, while bassist Theo Ellis recalled how the band were knocked back by a record label head for their image, for Rowsell wearing makeup, and for their genre-resistant take on indie rock and post-punk, adding: “But here we are, so fuck you!”
Prior to the ceremony, Rowsell struggled to express how appreciative they were for the nomination: “We were so happy we got nominated. It’s hard to show that. We’re just gormless!” At the show, the London four-piece performed their single Don’t Delete the Kisses, twice – once during the show, and then shortly after to celebrate their win.