Mercury Prize 2019 Odds – Awards Betting

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The Mercury Prize is an annual award given for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act. Established in 1992 as a more serious alternative to the Brit Awards, it’s designed to showcase new talent and also acknowledge more established bands and artistes.

This year’s winner will be announced at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Thursday, September 19.

The Mercury Prize Short-List – will the judges play it safe?

The 2019 short-list covers everything from punk to jazz. Unsurprisingly, given the current climate, there are some strong political views among the 12 albums nominated from an initial 200.

Punk is represented in slowthai‘s debut album. Real name Tyler Frampton, ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ is exactly what it says on the tin and the 3/1 favourite with Ladbrokes, despite it’s depressing messages.

Idles‘ ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ (a general 4/1) also has punk undertones and a political message. It’s an album that record champions vulnerability and community and opposes Brexit so should attract the populists.

Dave‘s debut album ‘Psychodrama’ deals with grief, pain, racial identity, domestic abuse and depression so is not exactly in the feelgood category. A best 5/1, it is probably of its time but not a piece of work that will be everlasting.

Rapper Little Simz‘ third album is named ‘Grey Area’ and features a live band accompanying 25-year-old Simbi Ajikawo. It kind of works and the lyrics are thoughtful but she is 10/1 with Ladbrokes to win the Mercury Prize.

The 1975 have had ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ nominated but, frankly, it’s a confusing clash of musical styles and support may already be on the wane (a best 12/1).

Anna Calvi is possibly the biggest name on the short-list and ‘Hunter’ (a general 16/1) displays her talents as a guitarist. It’s the third time she’s been nominated for the Mercury Prize but this wouldn’t be as good as the first two as she probably over-indulges the feminism a little too much.

Has Idles’ album has captured the moment?

What is noticeable among this year’s nominees is how many are selected for albums which actively seek to address current social and political issues. Most have attacked their subject with originality but it’s noticeable that the awards have again chosen to completely ignore modern classical music and folk also gets short thrift, as does R&B.

Irish band FONTAINES DC have managed to get ‘Dogrel’ short-listed and it looks just the type of album that will have the judges salivating. It’s alternative rock but not as we know it with just a nod towards the 80’s punk scene. There are certainly worse 10/1 chances in bookmakers’ lists.

Fontaines DC to Win 2019 Mercury Prize