Richie Egan's Jape last night became the first band/person to win the Choice Music Prize for the second time. Ocean of Frequency was crowned Best Album of 2011 by a selection of judges, meaning a cheque of €10,000 is currently sitting in one of the Jape lads back pocket right now.
Stiff competition in the form of Lisa Hannigan, And So I Watch You From Afar and - my own personal favourites - Tieranniesaur was beaten off with a sharp pointy sticks so big huge congratulations to Jape on their second win. Words from the man himself :
"I don't know what to say, the short list was full of great albums and it was a total shock to win. I'm really glad because Ocean of Frequency was an album that I really wanted to make and to win the Choice for two totally different styles of albums is a very nice and strange feeling."
Actually I wonder who has been assigned to mind the little trophy and who is in charge of the cash...