X-Elliott Pupils Stunned By Their Own Success
As The xx win Mercury award for their debut album
This years winner who beating off competiton from more established names including the bookies' favourite Paul Weller, had attended Putney's Elliott School, as previous Mercury nominees Hot Chip and Burial.
This award means they follow in the footsteps of groups such as Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Elbow.
The xx's intimate and sensual sound has impressed critics for the past year. Simon Firth, Chief Mercury judge said:
The award - called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize -rewards the best album of the past 12 months and is worth £20,000.In addittion it will also mean a huge boost in sales.
Frontman Oliver Sim was stunned by the music prize telling the audience at last nights awards:
Fellow member Romy Croft suggested spending the prize money on a new studio: