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May, 22

Mercury Prize moves to Channel 4

 
 
 
 
Mercury Prize moves to Channel 4

The Mercury Music Prize is to move to Channel 4 after many years on the BBC in a revamp of the award.

Many of the nominated acts will perform a series of gigs at which they will play their shortlisted albums under the new plans.

The respected award - won last year by PJ Harvey - will also disappear from BBC radio. Last year it was broadcast by BBC 6 Music and it was broadcast by Radio 1 for many years.

The overhaul will also see the prize-giving ceremony move from September to November 1 and a relocation to north London's Roundhouse after years at the Grosvenor House ballroom.

The shortlist of 12 acts will be announced on September 12, two months later than normal, and each of the performers will be invited to play gigs the following month to showcase their albums, which will be recorded for broadcast. The artists - from the UK and Ireland - will also be asked to play at the ceremony.

Award bosses have tied up a new four-year deal with sponsor Barclaycard.

Previous winners of the prize include Elbow, Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream.

Channel 4 will screen up to 16 shows connected to the awards each year under a three-year deal, including a half-hour show for the ceremony.

 

Source: music.uk.msn.com
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