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Mercury Prize 2009 - Shortlist announced

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize celebrates the year in music. The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 260 albums by UK and Irish artists, was announced by Lauren Laverne. The event was hosted by The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, the club for creative industries.

The winner of this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize will be announced live on BBC Two on Tuesday 8 September 2009 as part of the BBC’s coverage of the Awards Show. A second programme on BBC Two will be broadcast on Friday 11 September. The programmes will be presented by Lauren Laverne, with the Awards Show itself hosted by Jools Holland.

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize for ‘Albums of the Year’ is open to all genres of music from the UK and Ireland. It is judged solely through consideration of the music on the albums – it does not have categories, nor does it take into account sales, media exposure or live performances.

The Prize also celebrates the best live music in the UK through monthly ‘Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions’ with the Hospital Club –
a stand alone, new initiative, which is not linked to the ‘Albums of the Year’ competition.

The shortlist, with William Hill's odds, is :

5/1 Florence + The Machine 'Lungs'

5/1 Kasabian 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'

6/1 Bat for Lashes 'Two Suns'

6/1 Glasvegas 'Glasvegas'

6/1 La Roux 'La Roux’

8/1 Speech Debelle 'Speech Therapy'

8/1 The Horrors 'Primary Colours'

8/1 Lisa Hannigan 'Sea Sew'

8/1 Friendly Fires 'Friendly Fires'

10/1 Led Bib 'Sensible Shoes'

10/1 The Invisible 'The Invisible'

10/1 Sweet Billy Pilgrim 'Twice Born Men'

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