Electronic trio The xx tonight landed the Mercury Prize for their debut album xx.
The south London band won the revered prize ahead of 11 other shortlisted acts at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London and victory saw it follow in the footsteps of acts such as Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Elbow.
The group – childhood friends who attended the same south west London school - beat acts such as bookies’ favourite Paul Weller and past winner Dizzee Rascal to land the award which will mean a huge boost in sales.
The award – fully called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize – is designed to reward the best album of the past 12 months and is worth £20,000 (€24.500).
Frontman Oliver Sim was stunned by the award: “I don’t know what we were expecting but we weren’t expecting this.”
Collecting the prize from award host Jools Holland, he said: “We’ve had the most incredible year and it’s just felt like every day we’ve woken up to something incredible we weren’t expecting.”
The group went to the Elliott School which has a knack for turning out Mercury nominees.
They included Hot Chip and Burial in recent years, as well as a member of Basquiat Strings.