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Self Esteem helps donate guest meals from postponed Mercury Prize Award ceremony

09 September 2022, 10:04 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Following the postponement of last night's (9 September) Mercury Prize Award due to the Queen's death, Self Esteem helped to find places to donate the meals intended for the guests at the ceremony.

Following news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday (8 September), the 2022 Mercury Prize Award ceremony was postponed with nominees and some attendees already at the London venue.

Those already at the venue were asked to leave by 7:30pm, and one of the 2022 nominees, Self Esteem, decided to ask Twitter to help with finding a place to donate the hot meals intended for guests at the ceremony.

"If anyone near the Hammersmith Apollo can collect hot food and blast chill it please reply or dm me for more info," Self Esteem wrote. "The other food has been hooked up with the local church. Pls rt."

Soon after, Self Esteem revealed the food had been picked up to be distributed today (9 September), "Ok we did it!! Amrit S Maan is picking it up and getting it in a freezer to be distributed tomorrow!!! Thanks Jackie Joseph for your help. And thanks Twitter for the rts! Everyone hit up Amrit’s restaurant in cov garden asap. Love you all."

Maan also tweeted about the situation, revealing that the food would be donated to "hungry bellies on London’s rain soaked streets", "Things change. The world reacts. When the Mercury Prize celebrations at Hammersmith Apollo were cancelled, Punjab Covent Garden stepped in. Meals destined for guests will now feed hungry bellies on London’s rain soaked streets. supporting Under One Sky."

A new date is yet to be announced for the 2022 Mercury Prize Award ceremony.

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