Django Django make Mercury Prize shortlist

Django Django.

Django Django.

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Derry man Vincent Neff and his art-pop band Django Django are celebrating today, having been shortlisted for this year’s coveted 2012 Mercury Music Prize, reports Julieann Campbell.

Their self-titled album, which was released in January this year to critical acclaim, is among the 12 albums that will now compete for the 2012 prize, one of the most prestigious accolades in the music industry. The shortlist was announced on Wednesday past.

The four-piece are in fine company too, as they make the list alongside the likes of Plan B, previous nominee Richard Hawley, Jessie Ware, Alt-J, Field Music and the Maccabees.

It’s been quite the rollercoaster year for Vincent and his band-mates, who are now much sought after following the success of their hit debut album.

This summer included a tour of Australia, gigs all over Europe and a slot at Japan’s massive Fuji Rock Festival, as well as performing alongside the likes of Welsh crooner Tom Jones on BBC’s ‘Later... with Jools Holland’.

It must be a dream come true for Vincent, who is originally from Templegrove in the city.

Having trained for years to become an architect, the 33-year-old put his career aside to pursue a more musical path. Now they’re certainly reaping the rewards of all their hard work and effort.

(See also tomorrow’s Derry Journal)