Mercury Prize 2012

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

More People You’ve Never Heard of Winning Prizes.

Like Formula One, Adrian Chiles and Jonathan Ross, the Mercury Prize this year joins a long list of folk leaving the good ship BBC hoping it will be better off sailing elsewhere. It may be on Channel 4, but the format is the same – twelve albums are nominated for being the best in Britain this year. And you can bet on it. Obviously.

Alt-J with An Awesome Wave lead the betting at a best priced 13/8 with Bet365 and it’s worth noting that the favourite won as recently as last year – PJ Harvey coming home at 15/8. It’s a debut album from the Leeds quartet and the Independent says it’s “precision-tooled to appeal to Mercury judges.” We reckon it’s a good bet – Paddy Power are as short as 11/10.

Richard Hawley has a chance of redemption with his album Standing at the Sky’s Edge – a second favourite at 5/1 with Bet365 although as short as 7/5 elsewhere. In 2006, Alex Turner of the Artic Monkeys who beat Hawley remarked that “someone should call 999, Richard Hawley’s been robbed” such was the apparent injustice at his loss. He’ll have many supporters in the betting this time around, for an album that was instantly hailed by critics as he reflects on his late father and beloved Sheffield. We suspect however that like in 2006 he’ll fall just short.

If there is value to be found elsewhere then perhaps look to Plan B (Ben Drew to his Mum) – with Ill Manors. In an Olympic year Ben’s album offers a post-riots reflection on life in the shadow of the Olympic Park. Ladbrokes offer a tempting 8/1 which will be our back up bet to Alt-J.

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