Mercury Prize ceremony to be broadcast in full on Channel 4

The entire Roundhouse ceremony will air on October 31

The full Barclaycard Mercury Prize ceremony will be broadcast on television for the first time ever later this month.

Channel 4 will air the entire event on October 31 from 11pm, usually featuring performances from all the nominated artists, the day after it takes place at London’s Roundhouse venue. Coverage of the event will also be broadcast on October 30 with a 45 minute show on More4 at 9.30pm and the live winner’s announcement happening at 10pm on Channel 4, reports MusicWeek. Nick Grimshaw will present the coverage on both channels.

Jake Bugg recently admitted that winning this year’s Mercury Prize is not especially important to him. The singer’s self-titled debut LP has been nominated alongside albums by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Disclosure, Savages and Laura Marling, among others. According to the latest odds from Paddy Power, Bugg is currently a 33/1 outsider to take home the £20,000 prize money. Disclosure are 5/2 favourites followed by Laura Mvula (3/1) and Bowie (6/1).

“It’s great to be nominated, but the Mercurys don’t mean a whole lot to me – that’s not why I make music, to get awards,” Bugg said during an interview with the Coventry Telegraph. “I make albums for people to listen to. I started writing songs in the hope they could mean something, could help someone, could inspire someone, could make someone’s day. That’s the best thing in the world for me.”

Last year’s prize was won by Alt-J ‘s debut album, ‘An Awesome Wave’.

This year the full list of nominated albums is:

Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’
Disclosure – ‘Settle’
Foals – ‘Holy Fire’
James Blake – ‘Overgrown’
Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg’
Jon Hopkins – ‘Immunity’
Laura Marling – ‘Once I Was An Eagle’
Laura Mvula – ‘Sing To The Moon’
Rudimental – ‘Home’
Savages – ‘Silence Yourself’
Villagers – ‘{Awayland}’

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