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The xx: ‘We’re going to build our own studio with Barclaycard Mercury Prize winners money’


The XX’s Romy Madley Croft has said the band are planning to spend the £20,000 prize money they won at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize on a new recording studio.

The trio beat the likes of Paul Weller, Foals and Mumford and Sons to the prize tonight, which was announced at a ceremony in London. Speaking at a press conference shortly after winning, the band said they were still in a state of shock, though they had already made plans about what to do with the prize money.

We made this album (‘xx’) in a converted garage at our record label,” said Madley Croft. “We felt very lucky at the time to use it, but I think we’d love to make our own studio, somewhere where we can just experiment and let Jamie [Smith, bandmate] produce.”

Madley Croft added that the band are now set to throw a party in celebration of the award, going on to say that she hopes the tube strikes across London today won’t have too much of an impact on those attending.

“We thought we’d throw one win or lose,” she revealed. “Hopefully people can make it with the tube strike!”