The shortlist is being put forward to this year’s judging panel – which consists of Stormzy, Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jamie Cullum, Gaz Coombes, Jorja Smith, Danielle Perry, Jeff Smith, Mike Walsh, Phil Alexander, Tshepo Mokoena and Will Hodgkinson – ahead of the winner being announced at the Eventim Apollo in London on September 19th.
Idles are on there with Joy As An Act Of Resistance, an album which placed #1 on Live4ever’s 2018 Best Of… series, a list which also had a high placing for another of this year’s nominees, Anna Calvi with Hunter.
Some essentials from 2019 so far also make the cut, in particular black midi’s Schlagenheim, Fontaines D.C.’s Dogrel and Slowthai’s Nothing Great About Britain.
2019 Mercury Prize shortlist:
Anna Calvi – Hunter
black midi – Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Dave – Psychodrama
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Little Simz – GREY Area
NAO – Saturn
Seed Ensemble – Driftglass
Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships