Mercury shortlist success

2015 has been a very busy year for Nick Fowler, former Faculty of Music Administrative Assistant, and current Graduate Studies Assistant. Nick (on the right in the picture) has been the guitarist for Gaz Coombes (on the left) for the live and promotional campaign behind his current album ‘Matador’, which has been nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize, and made the top 20 of the UK album charts. Nick also features on the single version of the album’s title track, which was played regularly on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. This summer Nick played in a number of high profile festival appearances which included Hyde Park (supporting The Who), Glastonbury Festival, and an open air concert at the Place de la Republique in Paris. The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced on November 20, and Gaz Coombes and band will perform live as part of BBC’s coverage of the event.