alt-J, Django Django, Jessie Ware up for Mercury Prize

alt-J, Django Django and Jessie Ware are among the acts shortlisted for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The shortlist was announced this evening by Lauren Laverne at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden and, for the first time, the announcement will be part of a television programme broadcast tonight on Channel 4 at 12.10am. This year will also see the shortlisted acts play a series of one-off gigs. Tickets for the events will be made available through competitions and a special ballot system developed in association with the Prize’s title partner Barclaycard and The Ticket Factory. Entry to the gigs will be free, although a donation of £10 will need to be made to War Child in order to secure each pair of tickets.

The 12 nominees are as follows:

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

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, commented: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist showcases a wonderful variety of musical voices, emotions and ambitions. There are eight debut albums on the list and four albums from more established artists. The sheer range of music here celebrates the abiding ability of British musicians to find new ways to explore traditional themes of love and loss while making an exhilarating soundtrack for life in 2012.”

Winner of the 2012 Mercury Prize will be announced on November 1st at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

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