The Mercury Music Prize 2017 is nearly upon us. The annual music prize, currently being sponsored by Hyundai, is due to be awarded this coming Thursday 14th September in an event hosted by 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft.

Although it markets itself as a prize that promotes the best of British and Irish music, there is a distinct lack of the latter on this year’s shortlist, unless you want to take artistic licence to the limit by claiming Ed Sheeran’s ancestry qualifies him to fly the Hiberno-Celt flag.

The bookies have laid down their markers and here are the most up-to-date odds (per William Hill and Ladbrookes)

12/1 – alt-j – Relaxer
25/1 – Blossoms – Blossoms
16/1 – Dinosaur – Together, As One
20/1 – Ed Sheeran – ÷
12/1 – Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
8/1 – J Hus – Common Sense
3/1 – 9/4 – Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
8/1 – Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
4/1 – Sampha – Process
5/1 – Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
16/1 – The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
10/1 – The xx – I See You

If the previous bookies’ favourites and hotly tipped winners are anything to go by, we should probably expect a resounding victory for Blossoms!

When the shortlist was announced back in late July, DervSwerve predicted a win for either Dinosaur or Kate Tempest. Let’s see whose chickens come home to roost on Thursday night then, eh?

The Hyundai Mercury Music Prize takes place at the Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 14th September 2017, and will be broadcast live on BBC 6 Music Radio from 7pm. Check out our Mercury Playlist for sample sounds from the shortlisted albums here,

DervSwerve x

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