Barclaycard Mercury Prize: Richard Hawley and Plan B tipped for win as shortlist snubs high profile acts including Coldplay

The 12-strong list of nominees was announced by radio DJ Lauren Laverne in London tonight, with the line-up including eight debut albums.

Richard Hawley and Plan B are among the favourites for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize as high profile groups including Coldplay were snubbed in a shortlist comprised largely of small selling albums.

The 12-strong list of nominees was announced by radio DJ Lauren Laverne in London tonight, with the line-up including eight debut albums. The prize is awarded to British and Irish musicians who have released albums in the past year.

Being perhaps the most high profile artist on the list, Plan B was instantly installed as the favourite by bookies William Hill, for his album Ill Manors. Plan B, whose real name is Ben Drew, was behind the LP soundtracked the film of the same name which he also directed. The judges described the album as “brilliantly visceral soundtrack to an angry, troubling and harsh picture of life on the underside of London in 2012.”

The prize will offer a chance of redemption for Richard Hawley for his album Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose record beat Hawley to the prize in 2006, said at the time: “Someone call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed.”

Snubs were handed to higher profile artists including Coldplay, Emeli Sande, who featured heavily in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Ed Sheeran and Florence & the Machine. The new album from 2010 winners the xx was also overlooked.

Alternative four-piece band Alt-J have been nominated for An Awesome Wave. The judges said the music “tantalises and delights” adding it had “unexpected shards of sound, mesmerising layers of rhythm – irresistible”.

Other shortlisted artists likely to be firmly in the running include Jessie Ware, whose album was described as “sensuous and emotive deeply imbued with the spirit of British club culture” and psychedelic quartet Django Django for their self-titled LP.

Michael Kiwanuka, the 25-year old who won the BBC’s Sound of 2012 in January, has also been nominated. 

This year marks a shake-up at the ceremony as it moves to Channel 4 after two decades at the BBC. There will be a new format, and new presenters,and for the first time all of the nominees will play a concert in the run up to the awards ceremony in November.

Last year the award went to PJ Harvey for Let England Shake, the first time an artist has won the honour twice.

The Maccabees, a five-piece band, has been nominated for Given to the Wild, their third album, with

Sunderland band Field Music picked for their album Plumb. The list is rounded out by Lianne La Havas, Roller Trio and Ben Howard.

No clear favourite had emerged, according to the chair of the judges, Simon Frith.

He said: “There was nothing that served an absolute must. It felt like people could explore different tastes.”

Of the shortlist he asked: “Is there a record that’s going to change music? Probably not.”

Talking about traditional sales dropping, he said it was very important to get people buying albums again.

“The album is still seen as the art form by artists," he said, "but it is not necessarily the art form that people want to listen to.

“It’s a paradox. It’s puzzling how this [the future of album sales] will develop.”

 

Arts and Entertainment
Smart mover: Peter Bazalgette

film
Arts and Entertainment
'Old Fashioned' will be a different kind of love story to '50 Shades'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' is returning to the Tate more than 15 years after it first caused shockwaves at the gallery
artTracey Emin's bed returns to the Tate after record sale
Arts and Entertainment

film
Arts and Entertainment
The Great British Bake Off contestants line-up behind Sue and Mel in the Bake Off tent

TV
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Beast would strip to his underpants and take to the stage with a slogan scrawled on his bare chest whilst fans shouted “you fat bastard” at him

music
Arts and Entertainment
On set of the Secret Cinema's Back to the Future event

film
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

film
Arts and Entertainment
Pedro Pascal gives a weird look at the camera in the blooper reel

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Public vote: Art Everywhere poster in a bus shelter featuring John Hoyland
art
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Judd Apatow’s make-it-up-as-you-go-along approach is ideal for comedies about stoners and slackers slouching towards adulthood
filmWith comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
Arts and Entertainment
booksForget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Arts and Entertainment
Off set: Bab El Hara
tvTV series are being filmed outside the country, but the influence of the regime is still being felt
Arts and Entertainment
Red Bastard: Where self-realisation is delivered through monstrous clowning and audience interaction
comedy
Arts and Entertainment
O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London
tvFiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
Arts and Entertainment
The new characters were announced yesterday at San Diego Comic Con

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rhino Doodle by Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

TV
Arts and Entertainment
No Devotion's Geoff Rickly and Stuart Richardson
musicReview: No Devotion, O2 Academy Islington, London
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film

film
Arts and Entertainment
Comedian 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Is the comedy album making a comeback?

comedy
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the first-look Fifty Shades of Grey movie still

film
Arts and Entertainment
Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, centre, are up for Best Female TV Comic for their presenting quips on The Great British Bake Off

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in the TV adaptation of 'Fargo'

TV
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

    The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

    The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
    A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

    A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

    Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
    Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

    Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

    How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
    Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
    How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

    How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

    Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
    Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

    Pop-up hotels filling a niche

    Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
    Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

    Feather dust-up

    A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
    Boris Johnson's war on diesel

    Boris Johnson's war on diesel

    11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
    5 best waterproof cameras

    Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

    Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
    Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

    Louis van Gaal interview

    Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
    Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

    Will Gore: Outside Edge

    The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
    The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

    The air strikes were tragically real

    The children were playing in the street with toy guns
    Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

    Britain as others see us

    Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
    How did our legends really begin?

    How did our legends really begin?

    Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
    Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

    Lambrusco is back on the menu

    Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz