General Terms & Conditions

Mercury Prize Limited (“MPL”)

Ticket Terms &


1. These terms and conditions (“Conditions”) and the terms and conditions of the Eventim Apollo (the “Venue Conditions”) apply to any and all tickets to the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize due to be held at the Eventim Apollo on 19 September 2019 (the “Event”).

2. Any person who purchases, holds or uses a Ticket (“Ticket Holder”) acknowledges and agrees that he or she is subject to the Conditions and to the Venue Conditions.

3. The Conditions are subject to change without notice, from time to time in MPL’s sole discretion. MPL will post any amendments to the Conditions in relevant section of this page: (the “Website”) without further notice. Ticket Holders should check the Website regularly for any amendments.

4. In the event of a breach of the Conditions and/or the Venue Conditions by a Ticket Holder, MPL or its agents may at their sole discretion: (a) render and declare the Ticket void; (b) refuse the Ticket Holder admission to the Event; and/or (c) remove the Ticket Holder from the Event.

5. The Event is organised and Tickets are issued by Mercury Prize Limited, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA (“MPL”). The Event is taking place at the Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH (“Venue”).

6. All persons who wish to gain access to the Event must have a valid Ticket.

7. No one under the age of 16 will be admitted to the Event. People who are 16 or 17 years old will only be admitted to the Event with an accompanying adult. For the purposes of the Conditions, an adult is a person aged 18 years and over.

8. Delivery of Tickets purchased from the Venue and/or the Venue’s agent and/or any other official sellers of Tickets, will be subject to such delivery terms and conditions as set out in the relevant party’s sale process.  Tickets purchased directly from MPL will be collected from MPL’s offices as listed in paragraph 5 of these Conditions (or as otherwise advised). 

9. Ticket Holders may only leave and re-enter the Venue during the Event at the discretion of the management of the Venue. 

10. By being present at the Event, Ticket Holders consent to being filmed and/or recorded. Ticket Holders also agree not to assert any moral (or similar) rights and give all necessary consents under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) and all other applicable legislation in respect of any film and/or recordings.  MPL is entitled to make full use of any film and/or recording in all current and future media worldwide without any liability or payment to Ticket Holders, including permitting others to do the same.

11. If a Ticket is declared void or if a Ticket Holder is refused admission or removed from the Event because of a breach of these Conditions or of the Venue Conditions, no money shall be refunded.

12. MPL or its agents shall be entitled, but not obliged, to carry out identity and security checks (including photographic ID checks) upon presentation of the Ticket by a Ticket Holder at the Event.  If the Ticket Holder is not on MPL’s list of intended attendees at the Event (as notified to MPL by the person(s) that purchased that Ticket Holder’s Ticket at the time of purchase or prior to the Event), MPL and its agents may, at their sole discretion, declare that Ticket Holder’s Ticket void and MPL and its agents may refuse that Ticket Holder admission to the Event or remove that Ticket Holder from the Event.

13. Neither the Ticket Holder nor any person associated with them (other than MPL or its agents) is entitled to assign, donate, transfer or otherwise dispose of the Ticket itself or any rights arising from the Ticket to any third party.  In particular, but without limitation, a Ticket Holder may not:

(a)   sell, resell, expose, offer or make available for sale, auction, donate or otherwise dispose of Ticket(s) in any manner or place whatsoever, including, without limitation, online via an online auction website or online ticket resale marketplace; and/or

(b) transfer or use a Ticket for:

(i) advertising, sales or promotional purposes;

(ii) premium give-aways, competitions, prize draws or sweepstakes; or

(iii) hospitality or travel packages.

14. In the event of a conflict between the Conditions and the Venue Conditions, the Conditions shall prevail.

15. No briefcases, backpacks or large bags will be allowed at the Event.

16. No photographic/recording equipment is allowed at the Event.Ticket Holders acknowledge that prohibited items may be confiscated by MPL/Eventim Apollo. Mobile phones and tablet devices are permitted for personal and private use only by Ticket Holders. 

17. Ticket Holders are NOT permitted to use mobile phones, tablet devices or any other recording and/or electronic devices to photograph and/or record the Event in any capacity and will not publish or otherwise make any content from the Event available to third parties including, without limitation, via social networking sites.

18. As a condition of admission to the Event, you assign (by way of present assignment of future copyright) the copyright in any photographs, films, or recordings that you make at the Event in breach of this prohibition to MPL.

19. Please ensure mobile phones, tablet devices, smart watches, pagers, alarms of any kind and any other electronic devices which may disturb and/or disrupt the Event are switched off during the performance.

20. MPL/Eventim Apollo reserves the right to refuse admission to the Venue and/or the Event.

21. Security searches will take place.

22. Latecomers may not be admitted into the auditorium until a suitable break in the Event.

23. Artists’ appearances at the Event are subject to change. MPL/Eventim Apollo are under no obligation to provide a Ticket Holder with notice of any such changes.

24. Please note that strobe lighting, smoke effects and confetti cannons may be used in the production and that performances at the Event may contain adult themes and/or language that some people may find offensive. Ticket Holders with known medical conditions who may be susceptible to such effects are recommended to seek further advice.

25. MPL accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any person or any property (including without limitation, any loss of the Tickets).

26. MPL shall have no liability whatsoever in relation to any competition, promotion or prize draw through which Tickets can be won. 

27. MPL reserves the right at any time, and under its sole discretion, to withdraw, cancel, amend or void any Ticket issued to the Event.

28. The Conditions shall be governed by English law, and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. 

Mercury Prize Ltd ("MPL")
Terms & Conditions of Entry

1. General

1.1 All forms of contemporary music from Great Britain and Ireland are eligible for the Mercury Prize.

1.2 Albums only qualify for entry. 

1.3 The album must have a digital release date between Saturday 21 July 2018 and Friday 19 July 2019 inclusive (although entries must be received by 15 May 2019). Entries received after 15 May 2019 will not be considered for the 2019 Mercury Prize.

1.4 The album must, as a minimum, be available to buy from at least two selected major UK digital retailers and/or to stream from at least two selected streaming services (please see cl. 5 of the full Terms & Conditions for the list of selected digital retailers and streaming services). The album may also be available to buy in other formats.

1.5 Entries can only be made via a record company that owns or controls the recordings on the submitted album.

1.6 It is a condition of entry that the record company submitting an entry has obtained all of the relevant permission(s) and clearance(s) for Mercury Prize Limited (“MPL”) to use the album cover artwork and artist/band photograph (as provided as part of the entry process) from any shortlisted album for promotional purposes in connection with the Mercury Prize.

1.7 It is a condition of entry that the record company submitting an entry has obtained the relevant permission(s) and clearance(s) for MPL to use one  artist/band promo video for promotional purposes on the Website, at the Mercury Prize Launch event and on the Mercury Prize’s official social media pages and digital platforms.

1.8 It is a condition of entry that if shortlisted, artists will actively participate in the Mercury Prize promotional campaign and attend the Launch event and the Awards Show in London (and perform at the Awards Show if requested by MPL) on such dates as required by MPL.

1.9 The withdrawal, disqualification or deemed ineligibility of any entry received by MPL is at MPL’s sole discretion 

2. Artists

2.1 Artists must be of British or Irish nationality. Artists are of British or Irish nationality if they hold a passport for either the United Kingdom or Ireland and/or a birth certificate from the United Kingdom or Ireland (“British” or “Irish” respectively).

2.2 Bands / groups are eligible if either:

2.2.1 50% or more of the signed members are British or Irish; or

2.2.2 30% or more of the signed members are British or Irish and the majority (more than 50%) of all signed band members have their principal place of residence in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
By entering the Mercury Prize you acknowledge that MPL may require proof of Artists’ nationality and that you have (or will procure) Artists’ consent to provide copies of the relevant documentation to MPL if requested.

3. Classical

3.1 Composers: premier recordings of works by contemporary British and Irish composers are eligible.

3.2 Performers: for a contemporary classical recital of a programme of works to be eligible, there must be clear evidence of the performer’s creative interpretation of the material. Straightforward recitals of works from the standard repertoire are not eligible.

4. Compilations, EPs, Mixtapes and Soundtracks

4.1 Compilations and EPs are not eligible.

4.2 Mixtapes of previously released material are not eligible.

4.3 For soundtrack albums at least 65% of the album’s running time must be an original score or new recordings by British or Irish artists.

5. Retailers

For the purposes of clause 1.4 the list of digital retailers is: 7digital, Amazon MP3, Google Play, iTunes
The list of streaming services is: Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Apple Music, YouTube Music

6. Eligibility and Interpretation

The final decision regarding all aspects of the Mercury Prize, including any questions concerning eligibility and the interpretation of these Terms and Conditions rests with MPL. This includes (without limitation) MPL’s discretion as to what constitutes an ‘Album’. By way of guidance only, an Album is generally considered by MPL to be a collection of musical sound recordings or a recorded musical body of work that has been (or is to be) released, promoted and customarily referred to as an ‘album’. Certain so-called ‘mixtapes’ or ‘projects’ of original material may also be considered eligible at MPL’s sole discretion.

MPL is not obliged to enter into any correspondence when eligibility is disputed.

7. Right to Change Terms and Conditions

MPL may change these Terms and Conditions from time to time and is under no obligation to provide notice to you of any changes. You should therefore check these Terms and Conditions regularly.

8. Privacy Policy

We take great care to protect your data against unauthorised or unlawful use. The Entries Website uses secure socket layer technology (SSL). This means that when you upload any information and/or content through the Website, it is transmitted via our secure online system and all of the information is encrypted or scrambled, so that the data you send is an unintelligible string of seemingly random characters. When these characters are received by our web server, the server's SSL software converts them back into useful information. The same thing happens with data you receive from our server. Your interactions are therefore private. By submitting an entry you agree to the processing by us of your information and the use of that information as part of the administration and running of the Mercury Prize. We may contact you by e-mail with information and updates relating to the Mercury Prize. You can review our privacy policy at if you would prefer not to receive such information please e-mail us at the following address:

9. Payment Terms

The entry fee is £190.00 + VAT (at 20% - £228), which covers the administrative element of the entry process. Payment of the entry fee for each submission must be made by debit or credit card during the online entry process on the Website. All payments will be processed securely via WorldPay.

10. Refund Policy

The entry fee is non-refundable once a submission has been made through the Website and successfully received by MPL. MPL accepts no liability or responsibility for any entries that are incorrectly or unsuccessfully submitted through the Website.

11. Intellectual Property

All rights in the site design, text, graphics and other content, the selection and arrangements thereof and the Mercury Prize Albums of the Year competition belong to MPL.

12. Right to Cancel

MPL reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

13. Right to Exclude from the Mercury Prize

If MPL has any reason to believe that an entrant has breached the Terms and Conditions, MPL may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude the entrant from any further participation in the Mercury Prize.

14. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising therefrom.

Contact Details: Mercury Prize Limited, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA