Favourites Alt-J win Mercury in muted award ceremony

 Folk indie band Alt-J won this year’s Mercury Prize for best album of 2012 at a ceremony in Camden’s Roundhouse on 1 November which was shown on Channel 4 the following day. The Roundhouse and a Channel 4 broadcast were new experiences for the Mercury which had previously been broadcast by the BBC from the Grosvenor House Hotel.  Last year’s second presenter, Lauren Laverne was promoted … Continue reading Favourites Alt-J win Mercury in muted award ceremony

Mercury Prize 2012 shortlist: Not just for Radio 2 listeners

The Mercury Prize nominations for 2012 were announced on 12 September and drew a fairly consistent response from the media (including The Founder) along the lines of “Who?” and “So What?”. Is that a fair response? And if so, what does that mean for the future relevance of a prize for albums and for albums themselves. First though, a look the shortlist itself which is … Continue reading Mercury Prize 2012 shortlist: Not just for Radio 2 listeners