The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

Indie rockers Alt-J scoop Britain's Mercury Prize


LONDON (AFP) - Indie rock newcomers Alt-J won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize on Thursday for their debut album, An Awesome Wave.

The four-piece, who formed in 2007 after meeting at Leeds University in northern England, looked stunned to be named winners at a star-studded ceremony in London, despite having been the bookmakers' favourites.

Accepting the £20,000 (S$39,400) award onstage, the band thanked their parents for "not making us get jobs" and said that apart from this, there were too many people to thank.

"We might just thank everyone on team Alt-J who has ever made a difference," they said.