Mercury Prize 2018


The shortlist is out later this month, what do we think will get shortlisted/should get shortlisted? I’m guessing Arctic Monkeys and Young Fathers have a decent shout of getting on the shortlist, not sure who else though


Smashing Pumpkins


Nadine Shah?
Mount Kimbie?


The token jazz act will win it this year


Some more guesses from me…

Jon Hopkins or Daniel Avery (won’t be allowed two dance albums)

Alfa Mist or Sons of Kemet (won’t be allowed two jazz albums)



Tom Misch

Lankum (can’t remember if artists from the Republic qualify?)

Rejjie Snow (see above)


Let’s Eat Grandma in with a good shout I reckon


The LUMP album would be a Mercury friendly nomination.


Remember when Klaxons won the mercury prize


The following would be worthy of inclusion

Rae Morris
Let’s Eat Grandma
Everything Everything
Young Fathers
Django Django






SOPHIE and Let’s Eat Grandma too


*Roni Size


As said above, this really should be the year where UK jazz picks up the award.


Would love to see The Orielles get a nomination, suspect they won’t though.


Would love it if Rolo Tomassi got the nod. It’s not likely but totally deserved


I agree. Jazz has crossed over more this year than in Mercury history.

If I were a betting man then I’d have a fiver on Ezra Collective or Dinosaur right now.

EDIT - actually, Sons of Kemet would be a massive shout.


Had the same thought when I saw the thread - very much deserved, but so unlikely Rolo’d be anywhere near the list. Several albums out this year that I’m loving, but none more so than TWDALWBI.


Sons of Kemet (possible winner?)