Mercury prize 2018: Wolf Alice win for Visions of a Life

Genre-hopping rockers claim £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian called ‘an exuberant jumble’

Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize for their second album, 2017’s Visions of a Life.

On receiving the award, frontperson Ellie Rowsell said: “This means so much to pick this up with my three best friends”, while guitarist Theo Ellis recalled how the band were knocked back by a record label head for their image, for Rowsell wearing makeup, and for their genre-resistant take on indie rock and post-punk, adding: “But here we are, so fuck you!”

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