Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed
The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ were revealed today, September 10th 2014. Among the nominees we have Anna Calvi's One Breath, Royal Blood's self-titled and more. This is a really good bunch and it will be tough to pick a winner! The overall winner of the 2014 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse on October 29th and dedicated television coverage of the event will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 12.05am on the night of Thursday September 11th. 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 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.