Ezra Collective have won the 2023 Mercury prize with FREENOW for ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’

They won the prize ahead of current Dork cover stars Jockstrap, Loyle Carner, Olivia Dean, Jessie Ware, J Hus, RAYE, Shygirl, Young Fathers, Arctic Monkeys, Fred Again.. and Lankum.

Ezra Collective have won the 2023 Mercury prize with FREENOW for their album ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’.

Taking home the winner’s trophy and a cheque for £25,000, they won the prize ahead of current Dork cover stars Jockstrap, Loyle Carner, Olivia Dean, Jessie Ware, J Hus, RAYE, Shygirl, Young Fathers, Arctic Monkeys, Fred Again.. and Lankum.

The Mercury Prize is designed to celebrate music across all genres. Established in 1992, this year’s prize was open to albums released between 16th July 2022 and 14th July 2023.

The full list of nominated albums read:

Arctic Monkeys – ‘The Car’
Ezra Collective – ‘Where I’m Meant to Be’
Fred again.. – ‘Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)’
J Hus – ‘Beautiful And Brutal Yard’
Jessie Ware – ‘That! Feels Good!’
Jockstrap – ‘I Love You Jennifer B’
Lankum – ‘False Lankum’
Loyle Carner – ‘hugo’
Olivia Dean – ‘Messy’
RAYE – ‘My 21st Century Blues’
Shygirl – ‘Nymph’
Young Fathers – ‘Heavy Heavy’

You can catch up with everything that happened on the night via Dork’s Mercury Prize live blog here.

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