Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed
The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ were announced on Wednesday 10 September.
The 2014 Albums of the Year are:
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
Kate Tempest Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey First Mind
Polar Bear In Each and Every One
Royal Blood Royal Blood
Young Fathers Dead
“This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist confirms that these are fascinating times for UK music”, says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges. “There are seven outstanding debut albums here, and five records by more established artists, all pursuing exciting new directions. What most impressed the judges was the inventive passion with which musicians explore music and emotional possibilities, refusing to be pinned down by rules or genre.”
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize celebrates a year in UK music. The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 220 albums, was announced by Alice Levine. The event was hosted by The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.
Dedicated television coverage of the event will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 12.05am on the night of Thursday 11 September. The 30 minute Albums of the Year Launch programme will be presented by Nick Grimshaw and feature live performances and interviews with the shortlisted artists.
The overall winner of the 2014 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse on Wednesday 29 October 2014.
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The Barclaycard Mercury Prize champions recorded music through its celebration of the ‘Albums of the Year’. The Prize also celebrates the best live music in the UK through monthly live ‘Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions’ with The Hospital Club – a stand-alone initiative not linked to the ‘Albums of the Year’ competition. For further information visit: http://www.mercuryprize.com/aoty/about.php
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