The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize has announced the initial live performances confirmed for this year’s Awards Show – playing live are Arlo Parks; BERWYN; Black Country, New Road; Celeste; Ghetts; Hannah Peel; Laura Mvula; Mogwai; Nubya Garcia and Wolf Alice.

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show will be hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne.

Lauren Laverne said: “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show. It’s a fantastic shortlist showcasing the incredible creativity of the British & Irish music scene – and I’m looking forward to seeing some amazing live performances at the show.”

The Awards Show will take place on 9 September 2021 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and tickets are now available to watch an exciting line-up of artists who have produced the Albums of the Year. The evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.

The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four & on BBC Radio 6 Music.

BBC Four will broadcast Hyundai Mercury Prize 2021 Live: Album of the Year (9pm-10.15pm) and The Mercury Prize on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be hosted by Tom Ravenscroft (8pm-12am).

Both programmes will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists as they lead up to the live announcement of this year’s winner.

6 Music will also be celebrating previous winners with The Mercury Prize: Winners’ Playlist on Tuesday 7th September, 4am-5am, available to listen to on BBC Sounds, alongside mini guides to each of this year’s shortlisted albums.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of British and Irish music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

Hyundai, the title sponsor of the Prize, is thrilled with the list this year. "Out of the most challenging times, has come the most extraordinary creativity, and as a brand that likes to push the boundaries ourselves, we’re delighted to hear innovative music that breaks new ground and inspires a better world."

As part of its ongoing commitment to support UK recorded music, renowned British audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins, will continue as a partner of the Hyundai Mercury Prize, helping to celebrate the album format and the shortlisted artists’ creative achievements.

The majority of the artists shortlisted will perform one track from their shortlisted album.  For tickets – please go to

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ are:

Arlo Parks  ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams‘


Black Country, New Road ‘For the First Time‘

Celeste ‘Not Your Muse‘

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra ‘Promises‘

Ghetts ‘Conflict of Interest‘

Hannah Peel ‘Fir Wave‘

Laura Mvula  ‘Pink Noise‘

Mogwai ‘As the Love Continues‘

Nubya Garcia ‘SOURCE‘

SAULT ‘Untitled (Rise)‘

Wolf Alice ‘Blue Weekend‘