On being accomplished

One thing I definitely want to say is that, from the start, we’ve surrounded ourselves with people who believe in us. Even when we’ve had no money, the same people have been behind us and worked on our behalf over the years. It’s not about being lucky with record companies – it’s about the people who’ve stuck with us through thick and thin. So this is a celebration for about three dozen people, and we’re going to throw ourselves into their arms and have a massive party. And I have to say, on a final note, we’re all very, very accomplished drinkers.


- Guy Garvey from Elbow on winning the 2008 Mercury Music Prize