'Awayland' is nominated for Mercury Prize
ACCLAIMED Malahide band, Villagers, have become the first Irish band to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize twice.
Their second album, Awayland, (inset) is among the 12 albums shortlisted for this year's Mercury prize.
Awayland is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2010 debut, Becoming a Jackal.
Villagers front man, Conor O'Brien (pictured right), reacted to the nomination, saying: 'We are surprised and honoured to be nominated for the Mercury Prize with Awayland.
'We put a lot of love into this album and the attention that this will afford it is currently warming the cockles no end.'
Villagers will be touring the UK and Europe this autumn, with a gig in Sligo Live on October 27 and in Dublin's Vicar Street on December 17
The 2013 Mercury Music Prize ceremony will take place on October 30 at the Roundhouse in London.