Kate Tempest made new favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize

FKA Twigs moves down to second favourite following rush of bets for Tempest

Kate Tempest is the new favourite to win this year’s Mercury Music Prize, one week before the annual ceremony takes place.

Tempest was previously second favourite to take the title home with her ‘Everybody Down’ title. However, she has now had her odds slashed to 5/2 by bookmakers William Hill and has overtaken FKA Twigs as the favourite to be given this year’s prize.

“There has been a recent rush of money for Kate Tempest, however it is still FKA Twigs that will see the biggest payout,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

The Mercury Prize 2014 winner will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on October 29. James Blake won last year for his second album ‘Overgrown’, while Alt-J’s debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ won in 2012. Mike Skinner recently backed Kate Tempest to win this year’s Mercury Prize.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees, with odds from William Hill, are:


Kate Tempest – ‘Everybody Down’ (5/2)
FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’ (11/4)
Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’ (9/2)
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (9/1)
Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (9/1)
Nick Mulvey – ‘First Mind’ (10/1)
Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’ (12/1)
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (14/1)
Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (14/1)
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’ (16/1)
Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’ (20/1)
GoGo Penguin – ‘v2.0’ (25/1)