With previous Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow and PJ Harvey up for a gong we didn’t fancy the chances for either scooping it a second time – even though they’ve both released stunning records this year. Yet 10 years after her first win for ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’, the Dorset-born trailblazer walked away with the critics accolade for a second time for ‘Let England Shake’. Although there’s a part of us that was keen for a new(ish) artist to win the Mercury (Metronomy!), there’s no doubt Harvey’s deserving. Just in case you missed the performances, here they are for you perusal (sans Adele, who was too ill to sing):
Metronomy – ‘The Bay’
and the rest…Katy B – ‘Katy on a Mission’, Tinie Tempah – ‘Frisky / Written In The Stars / Pass Out‘, Anna Calvi – ‘Desire‘, Elbow – ‘Lippy Kids‘, Everything Everything – ‘Tin (The Manhole)‘, Gwilym Simcock – ‘These Are The Good Days‘, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – ‘Bubble‘, Ghostpoet – ‘Cash And Carry Me Home‘.
Want to see PJ Harvey live? She is playing at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30. For info and to book tickets, see PJ Harvey listing.