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The xx Win Mercury Prize

South London trio crowned this year's winners

  • 07/09/2010
  • Elizabeth Alker

The winner of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize is The xx, it was announced by Jools Holland at a ceremony in London this evening (Tuesday 07 Sept).

The South London trio had been the bookies favourites to win until Paul Weller's odds were slashed, putting him in the lead, following a flurry of bets placed at the weekend.

The xx took to the stage to accept their award looking completely in shock: "We've had the most incredible year," said Oliver Sim.

"It feels like every day this year we've woken up to something incredible that we weren't expecting."

Oliver also went on to thank a couple of people in particular: "Two special thank yous to Young Turks [Records]," he added.

"We've been working with them since we were 17 or 18 and they have shown so much faith in us that we didn't even have in ourselves."

The xx's self titled album was released in August last year and peaked at number 10 in the UK charts. The band produced it themselves and it was mixed by Jamie Smith and Rodaidh McDonald. It was recorded in a small garage and released on Young Turks Records to much critical acclaim. Michael Stipe, Courtney Love and Matt Groening are just a handful of the xx's many famous fans.

Following the announcement of their win they joined Steve Lamacq live on 6 Music and told him they felt 'it could have gone either way' and that they thought being the favourites might even have 'jinxed' their chances of winning.

Singer Romy Madley Croft added that: "Without the time and faith other people have had in us, without that I don't think we would have had the confidence to do it and this has given us more confidence.

"This year we've done things, as people, that we would never have done otherwise."

And as for their plans to celebrate, Romy told Lamacq: "We decided to throw a party with our friends win or lose. So they will be somewhere near by right now waiting for us."

6 Music's Sinead Garvan also spoke to The xx immediately after they accepted their trophy and you can listen to that interview here:

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