The twelve very worth finalist for this year’s prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been announced featuring the some of the best talent to come out of the UK this year.
The prize celebrates the best albums to be released out of UK, done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’.
The prize, which sees the winner pocket a cool £20,000, features a cross section of genres and flavours in its 2014 talent pool – from hard hitting rock duo Royal Blood with their self titled LP, to the spontaneous indie production flavours of FKA twigs‘ with LP1.
Also among those vying for the prize, Damon Albarn’s solo release Everyday Robots, Bombay Bicycle and Jungle.
James Blake took out last year’s Mercury Music Prize with his widely acclaimed release Overgrown.
The 2014 final winner will be crowned at London Roundhouse on 29th October.
Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist Nominees
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs – LP1
GoGo Penguin – v2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Young Fathers – Dead