Arlo Parks, Indie soul singer from Hammersmith, wins Mercury prize

Arlo Parks has won the Mercury Prize 2021 for her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams.

Arlo, 21, who comes from Hammersmith, said:

“It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get here and there were moments where I wasn’t sure if I would make it through, but I’m here today, so thank you very much”.

Her album is described as ‘a tender, intimate record’.

Music critics praised its compassion and insight into topics like mental health and sexuality.

‘It draws on painful subjects like depression and anxiety but maintains a sense of hope’ – BBC.

The NME gave it a five star review and wrote:

‘There’s no doubt that this is a universal collection of stories that’ll provide solace for listeners of all ages and backgrounds for decades to come’.

She beat off big names including Wolf Alice, Celeste and Mogwai to win the £25,000 Hyundai Mercury Prize at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Friday 10 September.

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