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Injury Reserve, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”

If the past few years felt hopeful in their growing trend of up-and-coming young songwriters shifting their lyrical focus inward from superficial concerns toward an openness with depression, struggles with mental illness, and the unpacking of trauma, now feels like the logical denouement with Twitter timelines becoming clogged with declarations of “The new Kacey is gonna wreck me” every time a new album cycle begins, and screenshots of Phoebe’s album covers on Spotify paired with the quip “don’t text” in their aftermath.
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Arlo Parks Announced As Recipient Of 2021 Mercury Prize For Her Album Collapsed In Sunbeams, Performs “Too Good” At Award Ceremony

Indie pop artist Arlo Parks has received a 2021 Mercury Prize for her 2021 debut album Collapsed In Sunbeans. The Mercury Prize awards outstanding musical achievements for projects released in The UK or Ireland. Parks was up against Berwyn, Black Country, New Road, Celeste, Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, And the London Symphony Orchestra, Ghetts, Hannah Peel, Laura Mvula, Mogwai, Nubya Garcia, Sault and Wolf Alice for the award.
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The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

Anne Green tells us how a female chemist almost single-handedly established paediatric clinical chemistry and led to a first in global health. In 1951 a ‘chemically home-made’ mixture of amino acids changed the course of the lives for thousands of children with a previously untreatable and devastating disorder, phenylketonuria (PKU). This remarkable achievement, to produce a dietary protein substitute, was undertaken at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the UK by two medical doctors and a female biochemist, Evelyn Hickmans. It was Hickmans’ laboratory, the first of its kind in England, and her expertise, both as a chemist and nutritionist, that made this previously impossible task a reality and a world’s first. From a humble working-class background in England’s industrial Midlands, she pursued a long career that took her from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, London and Toronto before returning to Birmingham. For over 30 years, she combined the application of chemistry and nutrition for the benefit of children. Her work has been largely lost in the successes which have followed and in charting her journey we should celebrate her as one of the pioneer women in science.

London’s newest music festival Wide Awake debuts in Brockwell Park

After a bit of a false start in the cursed year of 2020, Wide Awake festival finally premiered in Brixton’s Brockwell Park this September – courtesy of the people behind the original Field Day, Bad Vibrations, MOTH Club, Brixton Windmill, and The Shacklewell Arms (to name a few). Marketed as...

Brownhills Canal Festival returns for 2021 next weekend!

Due to the nature of this strange pandemic year, I’ve held off advertising this one until I’m absolutely sure it’s going ahead, but I’m so thrilled to share with you all that Brownhills Canal Festival returns next weekend for two days – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2021 – and is hosted by the wonderful Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

Laura Mvula Feels 'Robbed' After Losing Out Mercury Prize to Arlo Parks

The 'Pink Noise' musician says she 'got robbed' after the prestigious Album of the Year prize presented by Hyundai was awarded to the 'Collapsed in Sunbeams' star. AceShowbiz - Laura Mvula says she was "robbed" of the Hyundai Mercury Prize. The "Got Me" hitmaker was among the 12 shortlisted acts...

End Of The Road Festival 2021: MOJO’s 5 Highlights

IT SEEMS CHURLISH to suggest that there have been more spectacular End Of The Road line-ups. Especially since the now-traditional festival season-ender can rarely have enjoyed a more loved-up ambience, with audience and bands alike emerging from their enforced live-music moratorium expressing touching and genuine affection for one another. While...

Little Simz tops UK Record Store Chart with Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Little Simz has followed up her 2019 Mercury-nominated album Grey Area. Little Simz is at number one on the latest UK Record Store Chart with Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Imagine Dragons, Super Furry Animals and Anna Phoebe are some more artists making up an entirely new Top 10, while Chvrches drop to #12 with Screen Violence and Black Country, New Road re-enter the Top 20 with their debut LP ‘For the first time’.

Arlo Parks Triumphs With Mercury Prize Win as Live Awards Shows Return to U.K.

Arlo Parks won the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize with her debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” as the U.K. music industry awards circuit returned with a bang. Parks was the hot favorite to take the prize, awarded to the best British/Irish album of the year, as judged by a panel of respected musicians, broadcasters and journalists. But that traditionally counts for little at the Mercury, an awards ceremony that is only predictable in its utter unpredictability. After all, in 1994, it famously chose M People’s mainstream pop-soul “Elegant Slumming” over Blur’s all-conquering “Parklife,” while in 2007 it favored Klaxons’ nu-rave oddity “Myths of...

Arlo Parks wins 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Arlo Parks won the 2021 Mercury Prize with her debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams on Thursday. The singer-songwriter, 21, fended off competition from artists including Wolf Alice, Celeste and Mogwai.“I am completely speechless. I don’t have the words. I just want to say a big thank you to my family. My mum and my dad are somewhere in the room today,” she said.The album was released in January to widespread acclaim and The Independent’s critic Helen Brown called it “a spot of brightness in a dark year”.Born Anais Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho in west London to Nigerian and French-Chadian parents, Parks began writing to escape...

Arlo Parks’ warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize

Last year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mercury prize unexpectedly enjoyed a moment in the mainstream spotlight: in lieu of an actual ceremony, it was hoisted from the netherworld of BBC Four and newspaper think pieces such as this, and ended up being presented to Michael Kiwanuka for his album Kiwanuka on BBC One early evening institution The One Show. It seemed to do the trick, at least in commercial terms: Kiwanuka’s album got the kind of sales boost – silver at the time it won the award, it was gold weeks later – which, as certain previous winners can ruefully attest, bagging the Mercury doesn’t always deliver.

Mercury prize 2021: Arlo Parks wins for Collapsed in Sunbeams

Arlo Parks has won the 2021 Mercury prize, awarded to the year’s most outstanding British album, for her debut Collapsed in Sunbeams. Presenting the award at the ceremony in London on Thursday night, judge Annie MacManus said: “We chose an artist with a singular voice who uses lyrics of remarkable beauty to confront complex themes of mental health and sexuality, and connects deeply with her generation as she does so.”

Singer Arlo Parks wins Mercury Prize for debut album

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks won the 2021 Mercury Prize on Thursday, scooping the British music award for her critically acclaimed debut album "Collapsed in Sunbeams". The 21-year-old, whose songs address mental health and sexual identity, beat off 11 other contenders across a range of...

Laura Mvula: I was robbed of the Mercury Prize

Laura Mvula says she was "robbed" of the Hyundai Mercury Prize. The 'Got Me' hitmaker was among the 12 shortlisted acts in contention for the prestigious Album of the Year prize with her acclaimed LP 'Pink Noise', but lost out to Arlo Parks' 'Collapsed in Sunbeams' at Thursday night's (09.09.21) ceremony in London.

'They can lose my number': Laura Mvula claims she was 'robbed' of Album Of The Year gong at Mercury Prize awards after losing out to Arlo Parks

Laura Mvula has said she was 'robbed' of the Hyundai Mercury Prize during the awards ceremony in London on Thursday. The Got Me hitmaker, 35, was among the 12 shortlisted acts in contention for the prestigious Album of the Year prize with her acclaimed LP, Pink Noise, however, she lost out to Arlo Parks' studio album Collapsed In Sunbeams.


-signed Arlo Parks has been crowned winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for her debut, Collapsed in Sunbeams. The set was praised by judges for its complex and intelligent lyrical content. Parks collected the winner’s trophy and cheque for £25k at the ceremony Thursday night, which took place at...