The modern Irish trad band Lankum have made the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize 2023 for their fourth album False Lankum.
Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, Jockstrap, Loyle Carner and Young Fathers are among the nominees.
The 2023 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year’ are:
Arctic Monkeys – The Car
Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant to Be
Fred again.. – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)
J Hus – Beautiful And Brutal Yard
Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!
Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
Lankum – False Lankum
Loyle Carner – hugo
Olivia Dean – Messy
RAYE – My 21st Century Blues
Shygirl – Nymph
Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy
Albums by British and Irish artists with a UK release date between 16 July 2022 and 14 July 2023 are eligible for the 2023 Prize.
All nominated albums have to be entered for consideration by the label or artist.
The 2023 Awards Show will take place on Thursday 7 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The event will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2023 Mercury Prize
Last year’s winner was Little Simz.
- Anna Calvi – Musician, Songwriter & Composer;
- Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer;
- Hannah Peel – Musician, Songwriter & Composer;
- Jamie Cullum – Musician & Broadcaster;
- Jamz Supernova – Broadcaster & DJ;
- Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2;
- Lea Stonhill – Music Programming Consultant;
- Mistajam – Songwriter, DJ & Broadcaster;
- Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo;
- Sian Eleri – Broadcaster & DJ,
- Tshepo Mokoena – Music Writer & Author;
- Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times.
The Chair of the judging team is Jeff Smith.