Mercury Prize 2012


And the winner of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize is…

Alt JAn Awesome Wave by Alt-J ! The Leeds-formed four-piece saw off stiff competition from the likes of Plan B and Richard Hawley to take home the 20th Mercury Prize and a cheque for £20,000.

Below you can preview and download all the Albums of the Year, check out music from the nearly-made its and previous winners, and watch our exclusive behind the scenes video, featuring Jessie Ware, Django Django, Richard Hawley and many more.


Meet the Mercury Prize nominees...

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More from the nominees


Alt-J Alt-J:
We stole ten minutes with publicity-shy four-piece alt-J, to find out more about the history of the band and the experimental indie on their hugely-acclaimed debut, An Awesome Wave... Read more »



Django Django Django Django:
Like some wonderful, danceable hybrid of The Beta Band and Franz Ferdinand, Django Django’s debut is an early contender for our Best of 2012. We caught up with lead singer Vinny Neff to find out the story behind the album... Read more »


Field Music Field Music:
Field Music’s David Brewis had a chat with us about the inspirations behind Plumb, their plans for 2012 and, er, the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ soundtrack... Read more »



Lianne La Havas Lianne La Havas:
We spoke to Lianne La Havas about writing with Willy Mason, hanging out with Prince and the inspirations behind her debut album... Read more »



The Maccabees The Maccabees:
After a two year absence, The Maccabees have returned to woo the nation with their third studio effort. It shouldn't prove difficult; Given To The Wild is an absolute gem. We persuaded guitarist Felix White to tell us all about it... Read more »


Albums of the Year


An Awesome Wave (2012) by alt-J

“Alt-J make music that tantalises and delights. Unexpected shards of sound, mesmerising layers of rhythm – irresistible!”

ill Manors (2012) by Plan B

“A brilliantly visceral soundtrack to an angry, troubling and harsh picture of life on the underside of London in 2012.”

Devotion (2012) by Jessie Ware

“An album of sensuous and emotive pop deeply imbued with the spirit of British club culture.”

Plumb (2012) by Field Music

“Playful harmonies, quirky rhythms, the stop start sounds of everyday life, love and daydreams in today’s British city – gripping and affecting.”

Roller Trio (2012) by Roller Trio

“Raucous funk-infused jazz from a dynamic young trio. Bursting with melodic riffs, rhythmic jams and sonic urgency.”

Django Django (2012) by Django Django

“Kaleidoscopic pop superbly reprogrammed for the contemporary dance floor. Vivid, pounding and joyous.”

Home Again (2012) by Michael Kiwanuka

“A debut album of rare authority. Soulful songs and a sublime voice. Utterly convincing.”

Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012) by Lianne La Havas

“Heartfelt songs beautifully written, brilliantly sung and inventively arranged. Lianne La Havas brings a subtle and powerful new voice to British soul music.”

Ground Of Its Own (2012) by Sam Lee

“Folk singer Sam Lee brings magical new life to the dignity and mystery of old songs. Unadorned singing, adventurous instrumentation – an album of singular charm and beauty.”

Given To The Wild (2012) by The Maccabees

“Inventive, lyrical, epic. The Maccabees make their move onto the main stage of British guitar music.”

Every Kingdom (2011) by Ben Howard

“Intriguing tales from a modern troubadour – emotionally charged and involving music.”


The nearly made-its?


Previous winners


Further Mercury Prize information