Who Gets Your Vote?

BATD ON Jul 21, 2009 AT 3:18 pm

Florence & the Machine

Florence & the Machine

Kasabian, Florence and the Machine and Bat for Lashes are to battle it out for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The trio are joined by the likes of La Roux, Friendly Fires and Glasvegas in the list for the prestigious accolade – which recognises the best British and Irish albums of the previous 12 months.

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, said: “This has been a rich and creative year for British and Irish music. There are seven fine debut albums on the list and five outstanding records from more established acts, all marking out new ground. What most impresses is the imaginative verve with which British and Irish musicians continue to explore musical possibilities, push musical boundaries and refuse to be pinned down by genre.” 


Florence and the Machine – who won the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITs – is the favourite to take the prize for ‘Lungs’, closely followed by Kasabian and Bat for Lashes for ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ and ‘Two Suns’ respectively. The winner – who also receives a £20,000 prize – will be announced on September 8 at a star-studded ceremony. Last year, Elbow took home the accolade with their fourth studio album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’.

La Roux

La Roux

Full list of nominations for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize:

Florence and the Machine – ‘Lungs’
Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’  
Bat for Lashes – ‘Two Suns’
Glasvegas – ‘Glasvegas
La Roux – ‘La Roux’
Speech Debelle – ‘Speech Therapy’
The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’

Lisa Hannigan – ‘Sea Sew’    
Friendly Fires – ‘Friendly Fires’
Led Bib – ‘Sensible Shoes’
The Invisible – ‘The Invisible’    
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – ‘Twice Born Men’

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