Before taking to the stage for a storming postawards gig, the London quartet picked up the prize for Best Live Act. Line up the Jägerbombs!
How do you feel to have beaten Liam Gallagher and Taylor Swift? Ellie Rowsell: That list was pretty mental! It’s great. Joff Oddie: We tour so much. We pride ourselves quietly – not that quietly, because I am telling you – on being a proper band. When you go and see a Wolf Alice show, it’s just the four of us playing. There’s no hidden people playing behind closed doors, no backing track, it’s just us. Taylor Swift has a lot of large inflatable snakes on her tour. What large inflatable animals should the next Wolf Alice tour have? ER: I’d just have large inflatable versions of ourselves, I think. JO: Just of me, I think. Four of me. When you won the Mercury Prize you did an impressive domino line of Jägerbombs. Any similar alcoholic stunts planned for later? ER: Luckily, we’re just around the corner from The Hawley Arms where we did that, so we’ll probably just have round two. Didn’t you fly to Australia the next day? How was that with the hangovers? ER: It was kind of a blessing in disguise because I slept the whole journey. Theo Ellis: I had the worst time of my life. It was fine though, we’d won a Mercury. We had nothing to complain about. You’re touring until Christmas – you’ve been on the road for about 18 months. How do you stay sane? ER: Luckily, this time around we’ve been
going to loads of new places so it’s been really fresh. I guess – you don’t! TE: You just fix it when you get to the end of it. When I met you for Q in Seattle last summer, Theo, you walked up and said, “I’ve just got a new tattoo in the stupidest place.” Have you had more since? TE: Yeah, I have… I got Visions Of A Life tattooed on my arm and my girlfriend’s birthday on my ribs. Ellie, did you get your finger pierced?! You posted a picture on Twitter. ER: No, that was a joke. TE: There were rumours that Ellie was getting married. Quite sick, though! ER: I just googled “most horrific engagement rings” and that came up. You were at the Music Venues Day event this morning: people expect bands that have played Alexandra Palace to just keep playing bigger venues, but it’s always been important to you to keep playing smaller ones. ER: Without them, the music industry would become even less of a level playing field. They provide opportunity, of which we totally took advantage. It’s the easiest way to give back.
“Without smaller venues, the music industry would be even less of a level playing field.” Ellie Rowsell
“Give it up for…!”: Glastonbury head honcho Emily Eavis announces the winner.
Visions of a live act: Wolf Alice (from left, Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey), London, 17 October, 2018.
Live and direct: (left and below) Rowsell leads Wolf Alice on their awards night gig; ( right) Q Awards presenter Mo Gilligan.