15 February 2013The key dates for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:
Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 11 September
Awards Show: Wednesday 30 October
01 November 2012We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize is Alt-J for the album 'An Awesome Wave'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!
15 October 2012Live Coverage - 9.45pm - 4Music - Thu 1/11/12
Winner Announcement - 10pm - C4 - Thu 1/11/12
Full Awards Show - 11.35pm - C4 - Fri 2/11/12
Hosted by Lauren Laverne and Nick Grimshaw.
12 September 2012The 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier this evening at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Host Lauren Laverne revealed that this year's albums are:
Alt-J 'An Awesome Wave'
Ben Howard 'Every Kingdom'
Django Django 'Django Django'
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’
After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from Jessie Ware and Michael Kiwanuka. You can catch highlights from the Launch tonight on Channel 4 at 12.10am
For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.
10 September 2012NEW - the 'Albums of the Year Live' gig series offers a unique opportunity to see Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlisted artists playing exclusive one-off shows at intimate London venues.
The 2012 shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 12 September, and details of these limited access gigs will be announced shortly after. Register today to receive details of each gig as the artists are announced and for your chance to secure tickets.
22 May 2012We are excited to announce new plans for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' as part of a new four-year agreement with our title partner, Barclaycard. Highlights include a move of the Awards Show to the Roundhouse on Thursday 1 November, increased television coverage on Channel 4 and a new series of exclusive live gigs featuring the 'Albums of the Year' shortlisted artists.
The developments will help generate even greater levels of interest in the artists and bands that the Mercury Prize promotes, whilst also engaging more fans through increased access to live events, broadcast coverage and online content.
15 March 2012The key dates for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:
Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 12 September
Awards Show: Thursday 1 November
06 September 2011It is with great pleasure that we can announce that winner of the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year is PJ Harvey. Congratulations to all this year's artists, and thank you for making this one of the best Awards Shows yet!
05 September 2011The countdown to this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show has begun. You can keep up to date with everything that's going on in the build up via our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
19 July 2011Lauren Laverne has announced the Barclaycard Mercury Prize '2011 Albums of the Year'. Addressing an expectant audience at The Hospital Club in London, Lauren revealed the twelve albums shortlisted for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. They are:
Adele - 21
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau
James Blake - James Blake
Katy B - On A Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Metronomy - The English Riviera
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
07 September 2010A surprised The xx collect their trophy from Jools Holland as they are announced winners of the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year on Tuesday 7 September.
Simon Frith, the Prize's Chair of Judges said, "The xx have a unique sense of time and space - urban and enigmatic. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric album - sparse, urgent, hypnotic and powerful".
07 September 2010Congratulations to The xx who pick up the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year.
Congratulations to Oliver, Romy and Jamie and to all the artists involved in this year's Prize.
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06 September 2010Preparations for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize are in full swing as the build up begins for tomorrow night's Albums of the Year Award Show. You can keep up to date with everything going on and check out exclusive behind-the-scenes content via our Youtube and Facebook pages. http://www.youtube.com/mercuryprize and http://facebook.com/mercuryprize
20 July 2010The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010 Albums of the Year have been announced. Speaking from The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Lauren Laverne revealed this year's albums:
Biffy Clyro 'Only Revolutions'
Villagers 'Becoming A Jackal'
Corinne Bailey Rae 'The Sea'
Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’
Paul Weller 'Wake Up The Nation'
Wild Beasts 'Two Dancers'
Kit Downes Trio ‘Golden’
Laura Marling 'I Speak Because I Can'
Dizzee Rascal 'Tongue N’ Cheek'
Foals 'Total Life Forever'
I Am Kloot 'Sky At Night'
The xx 'xx'
After the announcements the crowd was treated to exclusive acoustic performances from Villagers, who played the rousing 'Becoming A Jackal', and Corinne Bailey Rae, who stunned the room with a captivating rendition of 'The Sea'.
The Mercury Prize website has more news about the launch and further information on all of this year’s artists and albums.
20 July 2010There's now only a day to go before this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are revealed. Check back here tomorrow at midday - or you can get the shortlist as soon as it's announced by following us on Twitter - @mercuryprize
The announcement will be made by presenter and broadcaster Lauren Laverne and will be hosted by The Hospital Club in London.
Lauren is already looking forward to it: “It’s a fantastically exciting time for UK music, which means the 2010 Prize should be a real cracker. There have been loads of great albums released over the last year, so it’ll be fascinating to see who makes the final shortlist of twelve. I can’t wait to reveal the line-up to the nation in July.”
The overall winner of the 2010 Prize will be decided and announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show on Tuesday 7 September.
22 February 2010The key dates for the
2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:
Tuesday 20 July: Albums of the Year Launch
- shortlist announcement
Tuesday 7 September: Awards Show
- overall winner announcement
08 January 2010Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year by La Roux, Florence + the Machine and Bat For Lashes have all appeared in a list celebrating the best album covers of 2009. The twenty-strong list was topped by Muse's fifth studio album 'The Resistance' and also featured recent sleeves from Editors and Massive Attack.
16 December 2009Thom Yorke usually shies away from media attention, but the Radiohead front man was on uncharacteristically communicative form in Copenhagen this week. Well known for his environmental campaigning, Yorke made a surprise appearance at the Climate Conference as he was keen to see what was happening. Most surprising was his method of entry: he had to borrow a press pass to get in! “I’m here on a press pass just like you guys,” he joked with reporters “can you imagine they’d let me in any other way? Let’s just see how long it lasts before I get kicked out!”
Watch a full interview with Thom talking about the Climate Conference here: