A look back at the Brightonsfinest interviews with The Mercury Prize shortlist artists Wolf Alice, Sons of Kemet and Everything Everything. This year's ceremony takes place at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 20th September.
Aptly for a band who seem to have ‘Glastonbury headliner’ written all over them, there was a festival feel to tonight’s show with two support bands who are both on a rapid upwards trajectory of their own. First up were Superfood, who gave a bright performance but, unfortunately, at times seem to suffer from sound issues, with Carl Griffin’s drums drowning out the rest of the band. Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm still had bags of energy about them though, and songs like their eponymous debut single still looks to contain all the right ingredients.
Back in 2010, Wolf Alice were hitting the open mic circuit in search of… something. That elusive pot of gold (metaphorical and otherwise) that all young musicians are striving for, even if the first goal is to find someone – anyone – who likes what you do. Which is very hard to achieve in most open mic situations. It's at that point that confidence can suddenly drain out, and the willpower dissipates.