At tonight’s ceremony in London, the independent label, who have shared 2023 releases from PJ Harvey and Grian Chatten and won the Mercury Prize with Ezra Collective‘s Where I’m Meant To Be, beat competition from Big Dada, Elektra Records, EMI, Parlophone and Rough Trade.
Picking up the award from broadcaster and Big Brother presenter AJ Odudu, the label’s Vice President Jeff Bell said: “This is quite an honour. We’re very fortunate to get to work with the artists that we do, so thanks to our artists for trusting us with their art.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone UK about the label’s ethos for a piece in the awards issue of the magazine, Bell said: “It’s about giving artists space. When you do that right, what you’re left with is a community – a community of fans, a community of artists, and a community of people that genuinely care. If you focus on those things, the rest tends to take care of itself, even if it takes a decade or two.
He added: “The idea of success for Partisan was never about people knowing who the label was. It was about people getting excited when they found out who was on the roster. That’s the ultimate goal, and that’s what we continue to work towards.”
The first Rolling Stone UK Awards kicked off earlier tonight with a performance from The Last Dinner Party, who stunned attendees with a powerful rendition of ‘My Lady Of Mercy’.
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