The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW has confirmed the line-up of live performances for the Awards Show – playing live are Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Joy Crookes, Kojey Radical, Little Simz, Nova Twins, Sam Fender, Self Esteem, Wet Leg and Yard Act. The artists will each perform one track from their shortlisted album. Harry Styles will be on a major US tour in October and will be unable to attend the Awards Show. A filmed live performance will be shown to celebrate his album.
The Awards Show on Thursday, 8 September was postponed due to the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen. The re-scheduled 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show will now take place on Tuesday, 18 October 2022 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show will be hosted by Lauren Laverne.
There will be an exciting line-up of artists who have produced the Albums of the Year.
The evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW for ‘Album of the Year’.
The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be delivering live television and radio coverage of the event – plus online and on social media.
BBC Four will broadcast ‘Mercury Prize 2022 with FREE NOW – Album of the Year’ on Tuesday 18 October from 9pm to 10.15pm.
BBC Radio 6 Music will also bring radio coverage of the Awards Show to listeners in a special show hosted by Tom Ravenscroft, Mercury Prize 2022 Live on Tuesday 18 October from 7pm.
Both the TV and radio programmes will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists as they lead up to the live announcement of this year’s overall winner. And the 6 Music programme will include a playout of the winner’s album in full following its reveal.
Circle tickets purchased through Eventim for the original 8 September date will remain valid for the new date on Tuesday 18 October at Eventim Apollo.
FREE NOW, the Mobility Super App, with the largest vehicle choice for consumers across Europe, is the new headline sponsor of the Mercury Prize. The sponsorship is part of a multi-year commitment from FREE NOW to support British music.
Amazon Music are the digital music partner of the 2022 Mercury Prize. The music streaming service, which gives music fans access to over 90 million songs alongside podcasts, livestreamed events and exclusive editorial content, will be supporting the Mercury Prize shortlisted artists with playlists and programming from the launch of the shortlist until the Awards Show.
As part of its long-term commitment to supporting UK recorded music, renowned British premium audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins, continues as the official audio partner of the Mercury Prize. At the forefront of music creation for over 40 years, it is uniquely placed to help the Mercury Prize celebrate the album format and the shortlisted artists’ creative achievements.
The Mercury Prize with FREE NOW ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of British and Irish music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW ‘Albums of the Year’ are:
Fergus McCreadie ‘Forest Floor’
Harry Styles ‘Harry’s House’
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’
Joy Crookes ‘Skin’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’
Little Simz ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’
Nova Twins ‘Supernova’
Sam Fender ‘Seventeen Going Under’
Self Esteem ‘Prioritise Pleasure’
Wet Leg ‘Wet Leg’
Yard Act ‘The Overload’