Mercury Prize 2014 Contenders Announced

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Blur front-man Damon Albarn’s debut solo album is in the running for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, it was announced this week.

The prestigious award is handed out to the finest Irish or British album of the last year, and Albarn is one of a dozen artists to make the shortlist. The winner of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, complete with a £20,000 cash bonus, will be revealed on October 29.

Other singers in the running include rapper and poet Kate Tempest, electro-funk combo Jungle, alt-R&B star FKA Twigs, Anna Calvi and the Bombay Bicycle Club. The line-up is completed by Gogo Penguin, Royal Blood, Polar Bear, Young Fathers, East India Youth and Nick Mulvey.

The 2013 prize was won by James Blake with his album Overgrown, which is still available to buy from a range of shops, including Debenhams.

Some of the other most recent winners include Alt-J, The xx, Speech Debelle and PJ Harvey. Rapper Speech Debelle’s prize-winning debut album Speech Therapy can be found at Base.com.

This year’s overall winner will be decided by a 12-strong judging panel, including top industry figures, musicians, DJs and critics.

Ladbrokes, the bookmaker, currently has FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest as joint favourites in contention for the award. These are followed by duo Jungle and Brighton’s rock double act Royal Blood. If you fancy a flutter but do not fancy your chances when it comes to the Mercury Prize, log on to Ladbrokes Casino!.

Fellow bookmaker William Hill, meanwhile, has Royal Blood and Damon Albarn as joint favourites. You can decide which one you like best by getting a copy of Albarn’s Everyday Robots from Hive or checking out the Blood’s self-titled Royal Blood studio album, available at Base.com.