The twelve shortlisted albums competing to walk away with the coveted 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize Album Of The Year accolade have been revealed.
The shortlist, featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys and rising star Jorja Smith, is complied by a panel of independent judges, revealed today at a launch event hosted by Hew Stephens.
The panel is made up of twelve industry experts, including past winners and nominees. Head of Music at 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 Jeff Smith acts as the panel’s chair, which also welcomes musician Ella Eyre, songwriter Marcus Mumford, and DJs Clara Amfo and MistaJam.
“This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages of their careers,” the judges announced, “but with a shared belief in the importance of music for navigating life’s challenges – whether personal or political, falling in or out of love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic. The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving. 12 amazing albums!”
The 2018 Awards Show takes place on Thursday 20 September at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, featuring live performances by many of the artists, and revealing who will win the 2018 Album Of The Year.
We’ve listed the twelve Albums Of The Year below, as well as details about any confirmed live appearances and tours.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
The indie-rockers have a UK arena tour coming up in September, including four nights at London’s O2. [Tickets]
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
They’re taking to Sziget Festival in early August, as well as a headline show in Dublin this October. [Tickets]
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Spearheaded by Florence Welch, the band tour the UK throughout November 2018. [Tickets]
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
The rising star is set to take to Bestival next month, as well as headline shows in October 2018. [Tickets]
King Krule – The Ooz
There are no live dates just yet, but subscribe to his Ticket Alerts to be one of the first to know when he is back on the road. [Tickets]
Lily Allen – No Shame
Catch her playing songs from her acclaimed fourth album across the UK this December. [Tickets]
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
There are no shows schedule just yet for Newcastle based Shah, but subscribe to her Ticket Alerts to be one of the first to know when there are. [Tickets]
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Build The Moon?
Electric Fields and Bristol will play host to Gallagher and his latest outfit come the end of August. [Tickets]
Novelist – Novelist Guy
No dates just yet for Novelist, but subscribe to Ticket Alerts on Ticketmaster.co.uk to find out when he’s back on the road. [Tickets]
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Sons Of Kemet are taking to KOKO in October. [Tickets]
Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
With a busy summer of festivals underway, Wolf Alice will be taking to Sziget, and Reading and Leeds Festival this August. [Tickets]
For more from the world of music, head to our Concerts and Tours Guide on Ticketmaster.co.uk.