Last year saw PJ Harvey scoop the Mercury Music Prize. The winners in 2010 were The xx with their self-titled debut, beating out the likes of Wild Beasts and Laura Marling. This year contenders include the likes of Alt-J, Richard Hawley and Django Django.
Roni Size saw off competition from The Spice Girls (yes, really) to pick up the prize in 1997. ‘New Forms’ has sold 325,000 albums to date, according to figures in a recent Billboard report charting the winners’ successes.