FKA Twigs is the latest favourite to win Mercury Prize tomorrow

Kate Tempest moves down to second spot 24 hours before this year's winner is announced

FKA Twigs is the new favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize, one day before the annual ceremony takes place in London.

Last week, Kate Tempest was billed as the favourite to win the title with her album ‘Everybody Down’. However, 24 hours before the ceremony, bookmaker William Hill has announced that FKA Twigs’ odds have been slashed from 4/1 to 11/4, and the singer-songwriter’s album ‘LP1’ is now expected to take the prize.

Tempest moves down to second favourite, with Royal Blood third in the running.


“It has been one way traffic all week,” said a William Hill spokesperson. “All the money has been for FKA Twigs, which is reminiscent of the gamble we saw in 2010 on The xx, which ended up being one of our worst ever Mercury results.”

The winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 will be announced at London’s Roundhouse tomorrow. James Blake won the award last year for his second album ‘Overgrown’, while Alt-J took the prize in 2012 for their debut release ‘An Awesome Wave’.

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

FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’ (11/4)
Kate Tempest – ‘Everybody Down’ (3/1)
Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’ (5/1)
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (10/1)
Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (10/1)
Nick Mulvey – ‘First Mind’ (10/1)
Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’ (14/1)
Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (14/1)
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (16/1)
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’ (16/1)
Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’ (20/1)
GoGo Penguin – ‘v2.0’ (25/1)