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11 September 2014, 10:54
FKA twigs and Kate Tempest are the favourites to win this year's Mercury Prize after the shortlist was announced last night.
"This year’s shortlist is incredibly competitive, so perhaps the best guide to who might win is in the betting," William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said.
"There has been a lot of early activity in the Mercury Prize market and we already have new favourites after strong support for FKA twigs and Kate Tempest, while Damon Albarn isn’t popular with punters and his odds have really drifted since the shortlist announcement.”
Apparently a third of people are currently betting on FKA Twigs to win.
Jungle, Nick Mulvey and Bombay Bicycle Club were also nominated for the Prize, the overall winner of which will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse on Wednesday 29 October 2014.
"This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist confirms that these are fascinating times for UK music," Simon Frith, Chair of Judges commented.
"There are seven outstanding debut albums here, and five records by more established artists, all pursuing exciting new directions. What most impressed the judges was the inventive passion with which musicians explore music and emotional possibilities, refusing to be pinned down by rules or genre."