Irish folk band Lankum‘s fourth LP ‘False Lankum’ has odds of 10-1 while RAYE‘s ‘My 21st Century Blues’ comes in at 12-1. Elsewhere Jessie Ware‘s ‘That! Feels Good!’ and J Hus‘ ‘Beautiful And Brutal Yard’ both currently have odds of 20-1.
The winner of the prize will be announced at a live ceremony at London’s Eventim Apollo this Thursday (September 7), and will be judged by a panel including Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum, Mistajam and more.
It will feature live performances from Ezra Collective, J Hus, Jessie Ware, Jockstrap, Lankum, Loyle Carner, Olivia Dean, RAYE, Shygirl and Young Fathers who will each perform one track from their shortlisted album.
Both Fred Again.. and the Arctic Monkeys are on tour this month meaning that they will not be in attendance for the show. A live performance film will be shown to celebrate each of their albums that were nominated for the prize.
Speaking to NME recently, Shygirl said of her nomination: “I’m so torn, because half of me is like, ‘You totally deserve this’ and the other half is like, ‘I’m so grateful!’ That’s why Shygirl is like a juxtaposition in itself. I do feel like you have to back yourself.”
“It’s just great to be in the room with so many other amazing artists. That, I will speak about the most because it makes me look even better. Everyone else on this list is so amazing.”