And the winner is...

29 October 2014

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize is Young Fathers for their album 'Dead'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!

2014 Albums of the Year Announced

09 September 2014

The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier this evening at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Host Alice Levine revealed that this year’s albums are:
Anna Calvi - One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs - LP1
GoGo Penguin - V2.0
Jungle - Jungle
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Polar Bear - In Each And Every One
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Young Fathers - Dead
After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from Kate Tempest and Nick Mulvey. You can catch highlights from the Launch tomorrow night on Channel 4 at 12.05am. For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.

2014 Albums of the Year Dates

01 March 2014

The key dates for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:

Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 10 September
Awards Show: Wednesday 29 October

And The Winner Is...

30 October 2013

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize is James Blake for the album 'Overgrown'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!

2013 Awards Show Coverage

22 October 2013

Live coverage of this year's Awards Show will start at 9.30pm on Wednesday 30 October with a 45 minute programme on More4. The overall winner is also being revealed live on Channel 4 at 10.00pm.

The entire Awards Show, including all live performances, will be broadcast in full the following night (Thursday 31 October) at 11pm on Channel 4. The Awards Show will be hosted by Lauren Laverne, with Nick Grimshaw presenting coverage on both channels from a specially created Barclaycard Unwind Backstage Bar at the Roundhouse.

2013 Albums of the Year revealed....

10 September 2013

The 2013 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:

Arctic Monkeys 'AM'
David Bowie 'The Next Day'
Disclosure 'Settle'
Foals 'Holy Fire'
Jake Bugg 'Jake Bugg'
James Blake 'Overgrown'
Jon Hopkins 'Immunity'
Laura Marling 'Once I Was An Eagle'
Laura Mvula 'Sing To The Moon'
Rudimental 'Home'
Savages 'Silence Yourself'
Villagers 'Awayland'

After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from James Blake and Villagers. You can catch highlights from the Launch tonight (12 Sep) on Channel 4 at 12.10am

2013 Albums of the Year Dates

15 February 2013

The key dates for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:

Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 11 September
Awards Show: Wednesday 30 October

And the Winner Is...

01 November 2012

We 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!

2012 Awards Show TV Coverage

14 October 2012

Live 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.

2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Announced

11 September 2012

The 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.

New Albums of the Year Live Gigs Announced

09 September 2012

NEW - 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.

2012 Albums of the Year plans revealed….

21 May 2012

We 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.

2012 Albums of the Year Dates

15 March 2012

The key dates for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:

Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 12 September
Awards Show: Thursday 1 November

And the Winner Is...

05 September 2011

It 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!

2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show

04 September 2011

The 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.

2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Announced

18 July 2011

Lauren 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

The xx win the 2010 Prize

06 September 2010

A 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".

And the Winner Is...

06 September 2010

Congratulations 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.

Check out our Facebook and YouTube pages for the latest news and videos.

2010 Awards Show

05 September 2010

Preparations 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

2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Announced

19 July 2010

The 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.

2010 Albums of the Year Launch

19 July 2010

There'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.

2010 Albums of the Year Entries

01 June 2010

The 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year is now closed for entries. This year's shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 20 July 2010.

Albums of the Year 2010 Dates

22 February 2010

The 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

Cover Versions

08 January 2010

Barclaycard 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.

Copenhagen's Surprise Guest

16 December 2009

Thom 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:


http://tinyurl.com/thomyorkeincopenhagen

Friendly Fires limited edition single

26 November 2009

Friendly Fires have a treat in store for fans attending their Christmas party at London's Coronet next week. The band have revealed that a re-recorded vinyl-only version of album track 'On Board' will be available during the course of the night. On the flipside the 12" single will feature an exclusive remix of 'On Board' by Joakim. Finishing off 2009 with a bang, the party features live performances from Friendly Fires and The Invisible as well as DJ sets from Hot Chip and Motor City Drum Ensemble. More information to follow in next week’s Recommends…

Richard Hawley and Alex Turner

21 November 2009

When Alex Turner picked up the Mercury Prize for Arctic Monkeys debut album 'Whatever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not', the singer let his sharp tongue do the talking. "Someone call the police, Richard Hawley's been robbed" he joked. There was no phone call made to the boys in blue, but that hasn't stopped the two denizens of Sheffield striking up a friendship. Turner recently joined Hawley on stage at an intimate show at London's Union Chapel, performing 'Only Ones Who Know'. When asked if the pair were working together on any projects, the famously tight-lipped Hawley nearly let the cat out of the bag. "Well, we are gonna, you know... I really want, um... I'm not saying. No, I'm not! I'll get shot!" he told BBC 6Music.

Lungs Expanded

16 November 2009

Florence + The Machine will end a monumental year with two sell-out shows at London's Brixton Academy, but for those fans unable to get a ticket consolation comes by way of a specially expanded edition of debut album Lungs. The massive four-disc set is a comprehensive account of Florence Welch’s journey through the past 12 months, bringing together an Abbey Road session, a live show at The Tivoli Ballroom, a round up B sides, rarities and remixes, acoustic versions and all of the videos. There are also extracts from sketchpads and notebooks Florence kept throughout the writing and recording process and an essay by her favourite author David Vann. The expanded edition is out at the end of the month.

Portico Quartet and Sweet Billy Pilgrim Tour

26 October 2009

Portico Quartet and Sweet Billy Pilgrim kicked off their UK tour last week, providing a rare chance to see two Mercury Prize shortlisted bands on the same bill! They'll be playing at Koko in London next Monday (2 Nov) before heading further north to play a number of dates across England and Scotland. Check out porticoquartet.com for more details.

Florence + The Fire Brigade

12 October 2009

Florence Welch and her band were on their way to a concert in Germany when the trailer carrying all their equipment caught fire. Unperturbed by the danger, Florence grabbed a nearby recorder and turned the incident in to something all the more musical. “"You could hear the harp's strings ping in the fire,” she recently told The Sun “Strange sound. We recorded it and I want to use it in a song!"

Thom Yorke forms a new band

27 September 2009

Thom Yorke has been enjoying a purple patch of late, with new solo material finding it's way in to the world on a seemingly weekly basis. Capitalising on this prolific streak, the Radiohead front man has assembled an all-star line up of musicians to help him play some of the material live. The as yet unnamed band features Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Brazilian born multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refesco, Beck, REM and Elliot Smith collaborator Joey Waronker and long time Radiohead cohort Nigel Godrich, and has two shows booked at LA’s Orpheum Theatre.

2009 Awards Show - Behind the Scenes Video

21 September 2009

There was plenty of glitz and glamour at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, but now you have the chance to see what went on behind the scenes and backstage in the run up to the big event...