Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

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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

Jungle Jungle

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.
Notes to Editors:
Press releases and images are available at:

Username: mercuryprize Password: media2014

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:
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The Hospital Club is a creative hub in the heart of London offering the creative community the environment and facilities they need to create, connect and collaborate. The Hospital Club is a celebration of creativity, supporting and inspiring its members and partners through an online community, member events, gallery exhibitions, studio productions and social and cultural collaborations.
Further information:

National Press: Steve Phillips / Rhian Emanuel – Carry On Press – 020 7394 8790 – /

Television and Radio: Natalie Jennings – Scream Promotions: 020 7240 0004 –

Online: Lorraine Long / Heather Swaine - Charm Factory: 020 7485 0404 - /

Regional Press: James Heward - Pomona: 01422 846 900,

Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 020 7242 8995


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