A BAND with links to the North East has been nominated for one of the music industry’s most coveted awards.
Everything Everything’s debut album Man Alive is in the running for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
Songwriter and lead singer Jon Higgs is from Gilsland, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, while drummer Mike Spearman is from Corbridge.
Both attended Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School.
The quartet is completed by Jeremy Pritchard, who Jon met when studying music in Manchester, and guitarist Alex Niven, from Guernsey.
The act, now based in Manchester, was formed in 2007.
The band is among 12 acts that will battle it out for the Mercury Prize and £20,000 prize money.
Everything Everything face competition from artists including Brit Award winners Adele and Tinie Tempah.
PJ Harvey, 2001 Mercury Prize winner, is a favourite to win.
Mike, 26, said: “We’re delighted. We found out about a week ago and weren’t able to tell anybody, which was quite difficult.
“It’s a massive compliment to be nominated at all, but to be alongside these artists is amazing.”
Seaburn-born Lauren Laverne announced the nominees in London yesterday morning. The quartet earned recognition at the Ivor Novello Awards earlier this year when they were nominated in two top categories. In January, Everything Everything impressed music lovers at the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards and took home the Times Breakthrough Award, which was the only category in the show to be decided by public vote.
Describing Everything Everything, Mercury Prize judges said: “An exuberant musical adventure. A thrilling clash of electro, guitar pop, tight rhythms and smart wordplay.”
Bookmaker William Hill has given the band 8-1 odds to take home the prize.
The winning album will be announced on September 6.