Mercury Music Prize 2011 nominations announced!
Posted: 19th July 2011
This morning, the 12 contenders for this year's coveted Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize were announced by Lauren Laverne, with a couple of surprises thrown into the mix.
A quick scan down the nominations reveals a few commercially successful pop titles from Adele, Katy B and Tinie Tempah, established previous Mercury stalwarts PJ Harvey (she won it in 2001 with "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea") and Elbow, critics' favourites and bubblers such as Anna Calvi, Metronomy, James Blake, Ghostpoet and Everything Everything and the usual clutch of 'outsiders' such as acoustic-folk troubadours King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and jazz-pianist Gwilym Simcock.
Early betting form places the latter two at the bottom of the odds, while Adele, PJ Harvey and Elbow not surprisingly lead the pack. Whoever wins this year's prize will remember last year's winners The XX and the considerable rise in album sales afterwards. So who's going to be crowned on 6th September? Well, you could do worse than head to the nominees' upcoming gigs! Check out our guide to who is playing where and when.
Highlights include the much-touted Anna Calvi with her full UK tour in October and November (all still available, £10/£11), Elbow appearing at Belsonic (Belfast), Reading and Leeds in August (only Belsonic is available at £33), Metronomy's full UK tour during September (all available from £11) and Katy B's autumnal headlining dates (all available from £14.50).
Here's that list in full - who do YOU think will win?
- Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
- Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys
- James Blake - James Blake
- Katy B - On A Mission
- Metronomy - The English Riviera
- PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
- Gwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau
- Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
- Everything Everything - Man Alive
- Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam
- King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
- Adele - 21
- Wed 18th Nov 2020 Ghostpoet The Sage (Gateshead) Buy Tickets
- Thu 19th Nov 2020 Ghostpoet The Cambridge Junction (Cambridge) Buy Tickets
- Fri 20th Nov 2020 Ghostpoet SWX (Bristol) Buy Tickets
- Sat 21st Nov 2020 Ghostpoet Manchester Academy (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Sun 22nd Nov 2020 Ghostpoet The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 26th Nov 2020 Ghostpoet EartH [Hackney Arts Centre] (Stoke Newington) Buy Tickets
- Fri 4th Dec 2020 Jon Hopkins Royal Albert Hall (Kensington) Buy Tickets
- Fri 19th Mar 2021 Everything Everything Rock City (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Sat 20th Mar 2021 Everything Everything O2 Academy Birmingham (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Mon 22nd Mar 2021 Everything Everything University of East Anglia [UEA]/ LCR (Norwich) Buy Tickets
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- Thu 1st Apr 2021 Everything Everything Roundhouse (Camden) Buy Tickets
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- Mon 5th Apr 2021 Everything Everything Olympia Theatre (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Sun 2nd May 2021 Foals, Everything Everything, Battles : Everything Not Saved will be Lost Olympia (Earls Court) Buy Tickets
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- Wed 2nd Jun 2021 Primavera Sound, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Metronomy, Squid Parc del Forum (Barcelona) Buy Tickets
- Fri 4th Jun 2021 Junction 2, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Hessle Audio Sound System, Joy Orbison, Nina Kraviz Boston Manor Park (Brentford) Buy Tickets
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