The Mercury Prize shortlist is out

The Mercury Prize is the inspiration for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize: A juried competition to determine the best album of the last 12 months regardless of genre or commercial success. Music wonks from across the UK nominate, vote, and then vote again to come down with the shortlist of 12 finalists.

There are lots of first-timers and emerging artists on this year’s list. Time for some music discovery, innit?

The winner will be announced at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on September 9.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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