The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW has announced the live performances confirmed for this year’s Awards Show – playing live are Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Joy Crookes, Kojey Radical, Little Simz, Nova Twins, Sam Fender, Self Esteem, Wet Leg and Yard Act. The artists will each perform one track from their shortlisted album.
Harry Styles will be on a major US tour in September and will be unable to attend the Awards Show. A filmed live performance will be shown to celebrate his album.
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show will be hosted by Lauren Laverne.
The Awards Show will take place on 8 September 2022 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and there will be 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 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE Now for ‘Album of the Year’. Tickets are available from www.eventimapollo.com
The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event – and online and on social media.
BBC Four will broadcast ‘Mercury Prize 2022 with Free Now – Album of the Year’ on Thursday, 8 September 2022 from 9pm to 10.15pm.
BBC Radio 6 Music will also provide coverage of the awards show for listeners from 7pm to 12am on Thursday, 8 September.
Both programmes will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists as they lead up to the live announcement of this year’s overall winner, followed by playing the winner’s album out in full.
Radio 6 Music will also broadcast their ‘Mercury Prize 2022 Pocket Guides’ to each of the shortlisted albums on Tuesday, 6 September from 12am to 3am, which will then be made available to listen to on demand in BBC Sounds.
FREE NOW, the Mobility Super App, with the largest vehicle choice for consumers across Europe, is the new headline sponsor of the Mercury Prize. The sponsorship is part of a multi-year commitment from FREE NOW to support British music.
Amazon Music are the digital music partner of the 2022 Mercury Prize. The music streaming service, which gives music fans access to over 90 million songs alongside podcasts, livestreamed events and exclusive editorial content, will be supporting the Mercury Prize shortlisted artists with playlists and programming from the launch of the shortlist until the Awards Show.
As part of its long-term commitment to supporting UK recorded music, renowned British premium audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins, continues as the official audio partner of the Mercury Prize. At the forefront of music creation for over 40 years, it is uniquely placed to help the Mercury Prize celebrate the album format and the shortlisted artists’ creative achievements.
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW ‘Albums of the Year are:
Fergus McCreadie ‘Forest Floor’
Harry Styles ‘Harry’s House’
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’
Joy Crookes ‘Skin’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’
Little Simz ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’
Nova Twins ‘Supernova’
Sam Fender ‘Seventeen Going Under’
Self Esteem ‘Prioritise Pleasure’
Wet Leg ‘Wet Leg’
Yard Act ‘The Overload’