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
- Fri 1st May 2020 Welcome to Live at Leeds: Everything Everything, The Orielles, The Blinders, The Howl and the Hum O2 Academy Leeds (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Sat 2nd May 2020 Foals, Everything Everything, Battles : Everything Not Saved will be Lost Olympia (Earls Court) Buy Tickets
- Sun 3rd May 2020 Foals, Everything Everything, Battles : Everything Not Saved will be Lost Olympia (Earls Court) Buy Tickets
- Mon 4th May 2020 Foals, Everything Everything, Battles : Everything Not Saved will be Lost Olympia (Earls Court) Buy Tickets
- Sat 9th May 2020 Foals, Everything Everything, Battles : Everything Not Saved will be Lost Arena Birmingham (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Fri 5th Jun 2020 Junction 2, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Hessle Audio Sound System, Joy Orbison, Nina Kraviz Boston Manor Park (Brentford) Buy Tickets
- Sun 28th Jun 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes Waterfront Hall (Belfast) Buy Tickets
- Mon 29th Jun 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes 3arena (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Wed 1st Jul 2020 Sounds of the City, Foals, Everything Everything Castlefield Bowl (Castlefield) Buy Tickets
- Sun 5th Jul 2020 BST Hyde Park, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, Brittany Howard Hyde Park (Knightsbridge) Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Jul 2020 James Blake Iveagh Gardens (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Fri 24th Jul 2020 to Sun 26th Jul 2020 Leopallooza, Metronomy, Goldfrapp, Vistas, Oh My God! It's The Church, Kid Kapichi, Mystery Jets, Sinkane, The Mysterines, Talk Show, Do Nothing The Wyldes (Bude) Buy Tickets
- Sat 25th Jul 2020 Jon Hopkins Festival Big Top (Galway) Buy Tickets
- Thu 13th Aug 2020 Summer Nights at the Bandstand, King Creosote : From Scotland With Love Kelvingrove Park (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Thu 17th Sep 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes Bonus Arena (Hull) Buy Tickets
- Sat 19th Sep 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes O2 Academy Leeds (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Sun 20th Sep 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes O2 Academy Leeds (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Mon 21st Sep 2020 Elbow : Giants of All Sizes De Montfort Hall and Gardens (Leicester) Buy Tickets