2015 Albums of the Year

08 July 2015

2015 sees the Mercury Prize form an extensive new partnership with BBC Music. As well as broadcasting exclusive coverage of the shortlist and winner announcements, the BBC will also showcase the Mercury Prize 2015 Albums of the Year through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.

This year’s 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner on Friday 20 November 2015 on both BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

2015 Albums of the Year dates revealed...

08 July 2015

We’re pleased to announce the key dates for the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music >>

Shortlist announcement: Friday 16 October 2015

Winner announcement: Friday 20 November 2015

And the winner is...

29 October 2014

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

2014 Albums of the Year Announced

10 September 2014

The 2014 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier on 10 September 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. 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 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 Mercury Prize is James Blake for the album 'Overgrown'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!

2013 Albums of the Year revealed....

11 September 2013

The 2013 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.

2013 Albums of the Year Dates

15 February 2013

The key dates for the 2013 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 Mercury Prize is Alt-J for the album 'An Awesome Wave'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!

2012 Mercury Prize Announced

12 September 2012

The 2012 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.
For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.

2012 Albums of the Year Dates

15 March 2012

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

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

And the Winner Is...

06 September 2011

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that winner of the 2011 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 Mercury Prize Announced

19 July 2011

Lauren Laverne has announced the 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 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

07 September 2010

A surprised The xx collect their trophy from Jools Holland as they are announced winners of the 2010 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...

07 September 2010

Congratulations to The xx who pick up the 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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2010 Mercury Prize Announced

20 July 2010

The 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

20 July 2010

There's now only a day to go before this year's 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 Mercury Prize Awards Show on Tuesday 7 September.

Albums of the Year 2010 Dates

22 February 2010

The key dates for the

2010 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

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.

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

13 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!"