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Early favourites emerge for the Mercury Prize 2018 following shortlist reveal

Thursday 26th July 2018

The Arctic Monkeys have been announced as early favourites for the Mercury Prize following the shortlist reveal.

The Sheffield-based band are 3/1 with bookmaker Coral to scoop the prestigious annual award, for their sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’.

Twelve albums in total have been shortlisted from range of contemporary music genres by independent judges to battle it out to win the coveted ‘album of the year’ title, along with £20,000 prize money.

Other nominees in the running include Lily Allen, Jorja Smith and Wolf Alice, jazz group Sons of Kemet, and experimental acts Nadine Shah, Everything Everything and King Krule.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “It’s no surprise to see the Arctic Monkeys on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize this year, with this nomination making them the joint second most-nominated act in the prize’s history. 

“We think Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino the favourite at the moment and it’s certainly the most popular album in our early betting for the award in September.”

Florence + The Machine’s ‘High Hope’ is the second favourite, at 4/1, while others near the top of the betting include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ‘Who Built the Moon?’ and Everything Everything’s ‘A Fever Dream’ (both 6/1).

Mercury Prize odds

“Florence + The Machine will have high hopes themselves with their new album High Hope, while you can never rule out Noel Gallagher,” added Aitkenhead.

The award, sponsored by Hyundai, celebrates and promotes the best of UK music. Last year's winner was Sampha for his album ‘Process’.

The winner of the 2018 Mercury prize will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Eventim Apollo on September 20.

See below for full list.

Odds will appear once available from the bookmakers.

Hyundai Mercury Prize 2018 shortlist:

  • Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
  • Everything Everything – ‘A Fever Dream’
  • Everything is Recorded – ‘Everything is Recorded’
  • Florence + The Machine – ‘High as Hope’
  • Jorja Smith – ‘Lost & Found’
  • King Krule – ‘The Ooz’
  • Lily Allen – ‘No Shame’
  • Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built the Moon?’
  • Novelist – ‘Novelist Guy’
  • Sons of Kemet – ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’
  • Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’
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