Mercurys 2006 Winner is… Arctic Monkeys!
The Sheffield favourites come home with this years prestigious bacon
Arctic Monkeys have won the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize.
The Sheffield outfit, who played their biggest gig to date last month as one of this years Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festival headliners, fended off competition from the likes of Thom Yorke, The Guillemots, Hot Chip, Richard Hawley and Muse to take home this years coveted Mercury prize and the cheque for 20,000 for their huge selling album Whatever People Say I Am Thats What Im Not.
"Thanks everyone, thanks so much everyone that helped us, said singer Alex Turner accepting the award, looking resplendent in, erm, jeans and a t-shirt. We are a bit surprised because normally it doesn't go to a band that has sold as many records as we have.
"We're very, very pleased because it's just good tunes, that's what we try to do. There are no tricks. Too many people try to do too many tricks."
Get yourself to Overdrive to check out Arctic Monkeys' blistering performance at this year's Oxegen festival.