Jamie xx has been installed by bookmakers as the early favourite to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for 2015.
The electronic musician and member of The xx has been given odds of 4/1 by Ladbrokes to triumph at this year’s prize for his debut solo album ‘In Colour’. The xx won the prize in 2010 for their debut album ‘xx’.
Although the official 12-strong shortlist won’t be announced until October 16, Ladbrokes have given odds for 41 potential contenders for the prize.
The bookmakers make Everything Everything second favourites at 7/1 for their album ‘Get To Heaven’, followed by joint third-favourites Florence And The Machine and Wolf Alice at 10/1 for their respective albums ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ and ‘My Love Is Cool’.
Last year’s winners Young Fathers have been given odds of 16/1 to become the first artist to win the Mercury for the second consecutive year, for the trio’s second album ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’. Outsiders for the trophy, according to Ladbrokes, are Mumford and Sons, who are ranked at 66/1 for their album ‘Wilder Mind’.
Ladbrokes’ list omits several forthcoming albums which might be contenders for the prize, including The Maccabees, Lianne La Havas, The Libertines, New Order and Foals.
The Barclaycard Music Prize winner will be revealed by BBC Music on November 20. The BBC will screen the winning ceremony again after Channel 4 broadcast the final for the previous two years.
Ladbrokes’ full list of odds for the 2015 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize:
Jamie xx (4/1)
Everything Everything (7/1)
Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice (10/1)
Blur, Nadine Shah (12/1)
Drenge, Hot Chip, Paul Weller, Stornoway, Young Fathers (16/1)
Andy Stott, East India Youth, Hudson Mohawke, James Bay, Krept & Konan, Laura Marling, Savages, The Vaccines (20/1)
Django Django, Dutch Uncles, FFS, Little Boots, Marina And The Diamonds, Muse, Richard Dawson, Slaves, Sleaford Mods, SOAK, Swim Deep (25/1)
Belle & Sebastian, Du Blonde, Frank Turner, Gaz Coombes, Julio Bashmore, Marc Almond, Peace, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cribs (33/1)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (50/1)
Mumford And Sons (66/1)