What next for Arlo Parks?

The only way is up for the Mercury Prize winner and multi-talented artist. We look at what her next career moves could be.

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After winning what critics herald is music’s most prestigious award, Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, aka Arlo Parks, has everyone in the industry knocking on her door. The 21-year-old pocketed a cheque for £25,000 for her Hyundai Mercury Prize for her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, and became the first solo female winner of the award in 10 years.

“I’m completely speechless,” she said on the night. “I don’t even have the words. I just want to say a big thank you to my family, my mum and my dad are somewhere in the room today.” She also wrote a heartfelt message to her fans on Instagram. ‘I grew up nearby the Apollo, I remember meeting my friends at the McDonald’s in the Hammersmith Broadway as a kid. This journey started up with looking up “how to make odd future beats” on YouTube and pretending to be a pop star in the mirror. There’s a purity to how this all came together.’

Winning the prize has had a huge impact on her chart success. Sales and streams of Collapsed In Sunbeamsare up 602% week-on-week, sending the album back to Number 26 in latest Official Chart update.

So, what now for Arlo?

The fashion pack is calling

Who doesn’t want to dress Arlo? As much as we love her signature relaxed look (cycling shorts and tees never looked so good), we equally adore her suited and booted. She turned up on the Mercury Prize red carpet looking dapper in Prada – a stylish black suit against a blaze of red hair. She’s also on the cover of Vanity Fair’s ‘The Future Issue’ and we expect that won’t be the last time she’s fronting a fashion mag.

Taking her award-winning music on tour

Arlo is currently on the road on a world tour, taking in countries including the US, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland – and, of course, the UK. Tickets for gigs – such as her appearance at the O2 Arena – are available from her website.

Starting a poetry club?

A true lyricist, Arlo is no stranger to penning as well as singing her words. A literature fan, she’s friends with Zadie Smith (Collapsed In Sunbeams is a line taken from Zadie’s much-loved book, On Beauty). Poets she has said ‘everyone should know about’ include Manasi Garg, Ocean Vuong, Kamilah Aisha Moon and Hieu Minh Nguyen.

Arlo reflected on writing her own poetry: ‘writing something and throwing it out into the ether for everyone to read is a terrifying kind of magic.’ She’s hinted at starting her own poetry club too. We’re in!

To buy tickets for Arlo’s tour click here.

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