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Rock band Wolf Alice scoops Mercury Prize

By Bethany Minelle, entertainment reporter
Wolf Alice have won the 27th annual Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A Life.
Accepting their music award at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the group said they couldn't believe they had taken the prize with acts like Noel Gallagher sitting in the audience.An emotional Ellie Rowsell - the band's lead singer - was brought to tears as she thanked the judges for the prestigious music gong.The four-piece London band - who met as teenagers - then performed live, joking that they "needed a Jaegerbomb" for Dutch courage before heading back to the stage.
Rock band Wolf Alice scoops Mercury Prize

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Wolf Alice is made up of (L-R) Joel Amey, Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell and Theo Ellis
Speaking to journalists afterwards, the band joked that they were in shock when they accepted the prize on stage, saying they "instantly regretted their words".Theo Ellis, the group's bass player, complete with ice-blond buzz cut and a safety pin in his ear, said: "I told a lot of labels to f*** off... It's a bit mad. But they can still f*** off." Adding with a smile, "I think now I need to take it a bit more seriously."Rowsell, who has previously been a judge in the competition, said her behind-the-scenes knowledge of the prize added an extra element of pride to taking home the trophy.She said: "It means 100% more, knowing what it's like to listen to over 300 albums. The dedication it needs. I've been privileged to have an insight into intensity and the frustration of the awards."The band, who are jetting off on tour to Australia on Friday, joked that they would make sure they didn't miss their flight, adding that despite the award they would still be flying economy.
Rock band Wolf Alice scoops Mercury Prize

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Wolf Alice on the role of rock music in today's society
Their album - which is their second studio record and second nomination for the prize - is a mix of pop, grunge and indie rock guitar.Ahead of the ceremony, the band told Sky News they thought they were "too pop for rock, and too rock for pop".They said rock hasn't been a fashionable genre of late, with band member Joel Amey admitting a guitar group hadn't really stormed the charts since he was a teenager.
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