Electronic trio The xx last night 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 them follow in the footsteps of acts such as Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Elbow.
The group — childhood friends who attended the same London school — beat acts such as bookies' favourite Paul Weller and past winner Dizzee Rascal to land the award. The award is designed to reward the best album of the past 12 months and is worth £20,000.
Frontman Oliver Sim was stunned by the award: “I don't know what we were expecting but we weren't expecting this.”