All the acts on the Mercury Prize 2023 shortlist and where to catch them performing near you this year
Whilst last year’s list of Mercury Prize nominees was made up almost entirely of first-timers, there are lots of familiar faces in the class of 2023. Leading the pack is Arctic Monkeys, receiving their fifth nomination from this year’s panel. Ezra Collective, J Hus and Jessie Ware are all in the mix for the second time, whilst 2014’s winners, Young Fathers, also return with new record Heavy Heavy. But, as ever, there are a handful of great debuts nominated, including critically acclaimed records from RAYE and Olivia Dean.
This year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 7 at the Eventim Apollo, where one shortlisted record will take home the prize. In the meantime, here’s where to catch all of the nominated acts live in the UK.
Mercury favourites Arctic Monkeys return, picking up their fifth nomination for latest album The Car. There’s no current upcoming UK dates for the band, but since they just wrapped up a huge UK & Ireland tour we’ll let them off.
Shygirl’s satisfyingly subversive pop debut very much deserved its spot on the list, although it looks like we’ll have to wait a little to enjoy it in person.
Find tickets to all upcoming gigs and tours near you here.