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the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year have been revealed, eight of which are debut albums.

Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Ben Howard Every Kingdom
Django Django Django Django
Field Music Plumb
Jessie Ware Devotion
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough?
Michael Kiwanuka Home Again
Plan B Ill Manors
Richard Hawley Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Roller Trio Roller Trio
Sam Lee Ground of its Own
The Maccabees Given to the Wild

This year the Mercury Prize is changing with a series of one-off gigs featuring the shortlisted artists being held ahead of the Awards Show on 1 November. Tickets for the events will be made available through competitions and a special ballot system developed in association with the Prize’s title partner, Barclaycard and The Ticket Factory. Entry to the gigs will be free, although a donation of £10 will need to be made to War Child in order to secure each pair of tickets. Barclaycard will be matching all donations made using a Barclaycard. Fans can register for more information at:

The overall winner of the 2012 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse on Thursday 1 November 2012.

Who do you think will win? We’d love to see this go to Django Django or Alt-J. Bosh