Skepta and Idris Elba

We are so excited to announce that Idris Elba will be joining the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize family, as our Guest Presenter.

We’re also pleased to announce that the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize winner, Skepta, has now been added to the line-up of live performances at the Awards Show.

The Show will take place on Thursday, 14 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, and will be hosted by BBC Music’s Lauren Laverne. It will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists including Alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy, The Big Moon and The xx.

The evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’. 

Idris Elba said “The Hyundai Mercury Prize is a huge moment in the music calendar and I’m so happy to be involved. It is so important that we continue to celebrate the album as a work of art and this is a special night to celebrate the incredible shortlisted artists.”

Idris Elba is a world-renowned actor, DJ and producer who has played across the globe, from LA to Ibiza. He is also a respected music producer who has also lent his vocals to various projects including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as well as releasing through his own 7WALLACE imprint.