The meals from last night’s aborted Mercury Prize ceremony were donated to charity.
The annual ceremony was due to take place as planned, when news of the Queen’s passing broke. In a first, organisers moved to postpone the event, with all artists seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin.
News of the postponement shocked everyone in the room, and it led to a recurring question: what is happening to the food?
Mercury nominee Self Esteem put out a request on Twitter:
If anyone near the Hammersmith Apollo can collect hot food and blast chill it please reply or dm me for more info. The other food has been hooked up with the local church. Pls rt.— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) September 8, 2022
A number of people got in touch, with Punjab in Covent Garden agreeing to help distribute the food among homeless groups:
Things change. The world reacts. When the @MercuryPrize celebrations at Hammersmith Apollo were cancelled, @punjab1946 stepped in. Meals destined for guests will now feed hungry bellies on London’s rain soaked streets. supporting @under_1_sky #homelessness 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QSevEg3m90— Amrit S Maan OBE 🇺🇦 (@amritmaanldn) September 8, 2022
And the move seemed to delight everyone involved:
Ok we did it!! @amritmaanldn 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 ♥️♥️♥️— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) September 8, 2022
Mercury Prize 2022 will take place at a later date.