The Mercury Prize 2022 nominees – and where to see them live

A look at the Mercury Prize 2022 shortlist and where to catch them performing near you this year

This year has been a landmark for many artists both new and established, and this is reflected by the 2022 Mercury Prize shortlist made almost entirely of first-time nominees. Only Little Simz has made the list before, back in 2019 with Grey Area, but once again makes the cut with her triumphant follow-up Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Joining her are the likes of Harry Styles with his vibrantly eclectic Harry’s House, Sam Fender with his coming of age sophomore Seventeen Going Under and Fergus McReadie with the understated jazz gem Forest Floor.

Check out the rest of this year’s nominees below — and when and where you can find them playing near you.


Welsh art-popper Gwenno earns her spot with her blissfully psychedelic third album Sezor. Catch her at Manchester Psych Fest in September.

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Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler

Actor Jessie Buckley teamed up with guitar luminary Bernard Butler for a rich, magical folk debut For All Our Days that Tear the Heart. Find them both at Whitley Bay Playhouse this August.

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Joy Crookes

Skin, the soulful, trip-hop flecked debut from Joy Crookes announced the South Londoner as a modern pop great to be reckoned with. Don’t miss her at Reading & Leeds 2022 this August.

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Yard Act

With their debut The Overload, Yard Act stuck out from a saturated post-punk sphere with a sardonic bite. They’re heading on a UK tour this September.

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Little Simz

Returning to the shortlist with her texturally radiant and rich LP Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Little Simz plays Edinburgh, Reading & Leeds and Manchester later this summer.

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Self Esteem

Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s hedonistic and empowering second album Prioritise Pleasure was a bold wake-up call for many after the ennui of recent years. She plays Edinburgh’s Connect festival in August and Homobloc Manchester later in November before heading on tour early 2023.

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Wet Leg

There wasn’t much doubt Wet Leg’s debut would make the list, so rapid has their ascent been since its release earlier this year. They kick off a headline tour across the UK this November.

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Kojey Radical

Though he’s been inspiring UK hip hop, art and fashion for years, Kojey Radical’s much-awaited debut studio album Reason to Smile was an important moment in the London polymath’s career. Catch him in Manchester, Glasgow and London this November.

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Nova Twins

Hard rock duo Nova Twins amped it up a notch on their second full-length Supernova. Catch them at Connect festival in August before they head on tour in November.

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