2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize IDLES, The 1975 and slowthai all shortlisted for 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize

IDLES by Pooneh Ghana

Foals and Fontaines DC are also among the acts who’ll be vying for the prize this September.

And just like that, it’s time to talk about the best albums of the last twelve months. That’s right: today the shortlist for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize has been revealed, with IDLES, The 1975 and slowthai all among the artists chosen.

Other artists given the nod this year include Foals, Fontaines DC, Anna Calvi and NAO.

This year’s set of shortlisted albums was decided by a judging panel which featured the likes of Glasto headliner Stormzy, 2018 shortlisted artist Jorja Smith and Gaz Coombes.

The ceremony for this year’s Prize - which was won by Wolf Alice, for their second album ‘Visions of a Life’ last year - is set to take place on 19th September at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, and you can check out the full list of nominees below.

Anna Calvi - Hunter

black midi - Schlagenheim

Cate Le Bon - Reward

Dave - Psychodrama

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1

Fontaines DC - 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


For more information on this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize, head to mercuryprize.hyundai.co.uk.

The 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show is on Thursday 19th September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. It will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists.

Watch live on BBC Four at 9pm on 19th September.

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