Bookies call Mercury Prize favourites Alt-J ‘the new Radiohead’

Their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' is favourite to win the prize

A spokesperson for Ladbrokes has compared Mercury Prize favourites Alt-J to Radiohead.

The band’s debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ is currently the even money favourite to win the yearly £20,000 prize. A representative from the high street bookies told NME:

The four-piece have brought something different and innovative to the party which punters have latched onto. It will be a huge upset if anyone else picks up this year’s Mercury Prize and it won’t be long before Alt-J are considered as the ‘new Radiohead’.

The band themselves have commented on their status as favourites for the gong, with the band’s drummer Tom Green telling NME: “We’re aware of the Mercurys, but we can’t think about it. It’d be nice if we could be involved in any way, but it is what it is.”


The Mercury Prize shortlist announcement takes place on September 12 and the awards ceremony happens on November 1.

Alt-J recently announced a brand new UK tour for May 2013. The four piece will follow their autumn tour and January dates at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire with a 10 date tour. Tickets go on sale at 9am (BST) on September 7.

The May tour kicks off at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on May 5, visiting Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and more, before finishing up at the O2 Academy in Brixton in London on May 16, which will be their biggest ever headline show.

Alt-J release their new single ‘Something Good’ on October 1, which is taken from ‘An Awesome Wave’.

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