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The Go! Team: Astoria, London

Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 14 October 2005

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a Mercury nomination makes, as frontwoman Ninja discovers when she bounces on to the stage to announce "We're The Go! Team," and the Astoria erupts in wild cheers. "It's weird," says the diminutive pop pioneer, examining her swollen fan base, "a while ago we'd have to shout our name and people would be like, what?"

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