Mercury Prize Announces 2012 Shortlist

    The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has announced its shortlist of albums in contention for this year’s British music prize, and according to Simon Frith who stands on prize’s Chair of Judges, the list intends to celebrate the range of British musicians making music in 2012, by including eight debut albums, and four from “established” artists. The Mercury Prize awards show will air on November 1, but before that, the organization will put on a series of one-off shows with artists on the shortlist. The tickets will be free, but they’ll ask for a £10 donation to War Child to reserve a set of two. Ticket information will be available here. Check out the list below.
    Mercury Prize 2012 Shortlist
    Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
    Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
    Django Django – Django Django
    Field Music – Plumb
    Jessie Ware – Devotion
    Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?        
    Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again       
    Plan B – Ill Manors
    Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
    Roller Trio – Roller Trio
    Sam Lee – Ground of its Own
    The Maccabees – Given to the Wild