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Mercury Prize-winning band make donation to crime-hit charity
THEY are riding the crest of an awesome wave – and they’ve done their part to help a crime-hit charity.
Mercury Music Prize-winners Alt-J, whose guitarist Joe Newman hails from Southampton and is a former Cantell School pupil, have donated a haul of their records and CDs to Oxfam Music Southampton to help its drive for donations.
The East Street-based store launched a Daily Echo-backed campaign at the end of August after callous thieves ransacked the shop – fleeing with thousands of pounds’ worth of rare records.
Since then, staff have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Daily Echo readers and members of the public who have handed over old vinyls, CDs and music memorabilia to get the store back on its feet.
‘Overwhelmed’ Now the campaign has caught the attention of the members of Alt-J, who were more than happy to help the cause.
The group are currently touring America and have enjoyed huge success on the back of 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave.
They scooped the prestigious Mercury Music Prize last year thanks to hits such as Tessellate, Breezblocks, Matilda and Fitzpleasure.
The Prime Minister David Cameron is even among their fanbase, having handed President Barack Obama a playlist featuring their music for the G8 Summit in July.
Oxfam Southampton store manager Rob Milner said he was “overwhelmed” by their gesture.
He said: “It’s really cool. They won the Mercury Prize last year and I’ve seen them at Latitude. “It’s so overwhelming to receive a donation from them.
“We are still receiving donations of really good stuff.”
‘Worthwhile’ Guy Groom, who works at the shop, said: “It’s very impressive. They are big band and for them to support us is great.”
David Fletcher, who volunteers three days a week, said: “Anything like this is very positive. This is a good and worthwhile cause to support.”
Among Alt-J’s donation included CDs of album An Awesome Wave, and singles Tessellate, Matilda and Dissolve Me. 45 rpm records of Breezeblocks, Matilda, Dissolve Me, and Tessellate were also donated.
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