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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 HowardEvery Kingdom
Django DjangoDjango Django
Field MusicPlumb
Jessie WareDevotion
Lianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?        
Michael KiwanukaHome Again       
Plan BIll Manors
Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge
Roller TrioRoller Trio
Sam LeeGround of its Own
The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild

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Ben Howard
Django Django
Field Music
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas
Michael Kiwanuka
Plan B
Richard Hawley
Roller Trio
Sam Lee
The Maccabees

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