Kasabian and Florence… early bookmakers’ favourites for Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Odds revealed for 2009 prize

The nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 were announced this morning (July 21) – and bookmakers William Hill have made Kasabian and Florence And The Machine the early favourites.

Both the acts have been given odds of 5/1, while Bat For Lashes, Glasvegas and La Roux all have odds of 6/1.

Lisa Hannigan, Speech Dabelle, The Horrors and Friendly Fires have longer odds, at 8/1 each to win, while The Invisible, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Led Bib are outsiders at 10/1.

The winner will be announced on September 8.

The odds to win the Barclaycard Music Prize 2009, according to bookmakers William Hill, is:

Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ 5/1
Florence And The Machine – ‘Lungs’ 5/1
Bat For Lashes – ‘Two Suns’ 6/1
Glasvegas – ‘Glasvegas’ 6/1
La Roux – ‘La Roux’ 6/1
Lisa Hannigan – ‘Sea Sew’ 8/1
Speech Debelle – ‘Speech Therapy’ 8/1
The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’ 8/1
Friendly Fires – ‘Friendly Fires’ 8/1
The Invisible – ‘The Invisible’ 10/1
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – ‘Twice Born Men’ 10/1
Led Bib – ‘Sensible Shoes’ 10/1

Last year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize was won by Elbow.

Read NME.COM’s who’s-who guide to the 2009 Mercury Prize nominees and listen to their music now.

Who do you think has missed out on this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize? Have your say at the NME office blog now.

Plus read the NME’s predictions for who will win the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize now.