Mercury Prize Articles

Wolf Alice reach new heights on kaleidoscopic third album ‘Blue Weekend’

Wolf Alice reach new heights on kaleidoscopic third album ‘Blue Weekend’

Following their Mercury Prize-winning magnum opus Visions of a Life was never going to be an easy feat. But Wolf Alice have once again surpassed themselves with third album Blue Weekend. Here the London 4-piece blend dream pop and shoegaze with indie, folk, and punk rock, creating a kaleidoscopic collection of musings on love, fame, […]
Rina Sawayama – A shining light in the global pandemic

Rina Sawayama – A shining light in the global pandemic

Frankie Golding reviews Sawayama the 2020 album following Rina Sawayama’s recent sucess bringing inclusivity to the BRIT awards and Mercury Prize.
Live Review: Mura Masa at Warehouse Project

Live Review: Mura Masa at Warehouse Project

Bella Fleming reviews Mura Masa’s upbeat set at the Warehouse Project, including a disappointing set from Black Midi, and the real star of the night Nao
Live Review: Black Midi at the White Hotel

Live Review: Black Midi at the White Hotel

South London’s Black Midi bring chaos to an appropriate setting, Salford’s White Hotel
Opinion: Slowthai’s Mercury Prize stunt cements him as a protest icon for the ages

Opinion: Slowthai’s Mercury Prize stunt cements him as a protest icon for the ages

George Walker argues that Slowthai encapsulates the vast majority of a disaffected youth better than many who’ve tried before him
The Hyundai Mercury Prize Debate: was Dave’s Psychodrama the rightful winner?

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Debate: was Dave’s Psychodrama the rightful winner?

Your music editors tell you all you need to know about this year’s Mercury Prize winner and who they thought deserved the win

Live: PJ Harvey

A sinister, enthralling set from the award-winning singer proves PJ Harvey’s worth as one of contemporary music’s greatest assets, writes Jack Ashworth

Interview: The Maccabees

Matthew Staite speaks to Felix White of the Maccabees about new album Marks To Prove It, returning to the live scene, and how releasing new music is still a nervous affair

Opinion: Difficult Second Album Syndrome – The Myth, The Mystery And The Mercury Prize

Stephen Miller asks whether a sophomore slump really does spell disaster for new acts

Opinion: Is the Mercury Prize worth winning?

Matt Byrne considers whether the prize that declares itself the musical equivalent of the Turner award for art, and the Booker prize for literature is worthy of such a claim.

Interview: Portico Quartet

Jamie Bulman speaks to Portico Quartet saxophonist Jack Wyllie about sub-frequencies, Roman amphitheatres and being ‘that hang band’…

Mercury Prize 2012

A look at the nominees in contention for this year’s Barclaycard award.

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