Una Mullally

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Mercury Music Prize brings their award ceremony to the punters

pic via the Telegraph The Mercury Music Prize has announced a bunch of changes today, and it seems as though the annual best-album-of-Britain-and-Ireland-award-if-you-indeed-enter-it is becoming more punter-orientated. The Mercury faces the same problem that most awards do. Every year the …

Tue, May 22, 2012, 13:51

   

pic via the Telegraph

The Mercury Music Prize has announced a bunch of changes today, and it seems as though the annual best-album-of-Britain-and-Ireland-award-if-you-indeed-enter-it is becoming more punter-orientated. The Mercury faces the same problem that most awards do. Every year the winner is disputed, argued about, sales poured over, accused of being elitist, its selecting and judging processes examined and criticised, and so on, but it’s still viewed as an important way of keeping N-Dubz records outside the realm of critical acclaim, especially when the Ivor Novellos are even giving statues to Ed Sheeran these days.

The ceremony’s new venue is the Roundhouse, where the night will be held for the next three years on November 1st, bucking the usual early-year award season trend. Like the Choice Music Prize, each of the nominees will be invited to perform at the event, and in the run up to the big gig, there will be a series of headline concerts from nominees, just in case you’re keen to check out that year’s token Cornwall prog-jazz one-legged lesbian post-dubstep bongo instrumentalist. Channel 4 will the broadcast all of the live performances from the night the day after. Punters will have an opportunity to attend the event itself through competitions and promotions, although it doesn’t look as though there will be tickets on general sale.

The Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize swiftly followed with changes of its own.

Meanwhile, there are five new tracks here from previous Mercury winners The xx, recorded live by various people at their recent ‘intimate’ gigs in London.

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