Mercury Prize moves to November

By | Published on Friday 16 March 2012

Mercury Music Prize

Organisers of the Mercury Prize have announced that this year’s event will shift in the calendar, so that the rant-inducing shortlist will be announced in September, with the overall prize presented in November. Previously the shortlist was announced in July and the gong handed over in September.

Confirming the change, award spokesman Dan Ford said: “By announcing the Barclaycard Mercury Prize ‘Albums Of The Year’ after the summer, we will be able to generate more interest in the shortlisted artists than ever before, building momentum in the run up to the awards show and beyond”.

The move means that the eligibility period for the next edition of the prize will run from last July to this coming September. Labels will be able to put their releases forward for consideration between 6 Jun and 12 Jul, and should register at for information of how all that will work.