BBC Music’s Lauren Laverne will host the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize awards show, taking place 19 September at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

The Mercury Prize is an annual award given to the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act.

Laverne commented: “It’s a pleasure to be hosting the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize. This year’s shortlist is such a fantastic representation of British and Irish music in 2019, and I do not envy the judging panel!

“It’s going to be very difficult to predict which of the twelve Albums of the Year receives this year’s Prize.”


The full list of nominations is:

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’