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).