Jake Bugg on Mercury Prize: 'It doesn't mean a whole lot to me'

Bugg will compete against Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Disclosure for this year's award

Jake Bugg on Mercury Prize: 'It doesn't mean a whole lot to me'

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Jake Bugg has admitted that winning this year's Mercury Prize is not especially important to him.

The singer's self-titled debut LP has been nominated alongside albums by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Disclosure, Savages and Laura Marling, among others. According to the latest odds from Paddy Power, Bugg is currently a 33/1 outsider to take home the £20,000 prize money when the winning album is announced on October 30. Disclosure are 5/2 favourites followed by Laura Mvula (3/1) and Bowie (6/1).

"It's great to be nominated, but the Mercurys don't mean a whole lot to me – that's not why I make music, to get awards," Bugg said during an interview with the Coventry Telegraph. "I make albums for people to listen to. I started writing songs in the hope they could mean something, could help someone, could inspire someone, could make someone's day. That's the best thing in the world for me."

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Bugg is set to release his second album, 'Shangri La', on November 18. The follow-up to last year's self-titled debut is named after Rick Rubin's Malibu studio, where the 19 year old singer-songwriter recorded the album. Rubin produced the album, and it features Jason Lader on bass, Matt Sweeney on guitar and Pete Thomas [The Attractions] on drums.

Jake Bugg begins a sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland at Bournemouth's BIC tonight (October 19) and the 20-date run wraps up at Manchester's O2 Apollo on November 13.

Jake Bugg will play:

Bournemouth BIC (October 19)
Plymouth Pavilions (20)
Brighton Centre (22)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23, 24, 25)
Swindon Oasis (27)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28, 29)
Glasgow O2 Academy (31, November 1)
Doncaster Dome (November 2)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (4, 5)
Manchester O2 Apollo (6)
Doncaster Dome (9)
Birmingham O2 Academy (10)
Liverpool Cavern (11)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (12)
Manchester O2 Apollo (13)


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