Earlier today, the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize was announced, featuring Wolf Alice, Celeste and Berwyn. All three are set to tour over the next year, with tickets flying out for their shows already.
Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
Each of Wolf Alice’s three albums have now been nominated for the Mercury Prize, with 2017’s Visions of a Life winning the award. This year’s Blue Weekend went straight to number one in the album charts – a first for the four piece – and the nomination continues their well-deserved 100% record at the Mercury Prize.
With Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice have become one of the most vital bands in the world.
NME said: “There are lines on this record that have the power to transport you to very specific places or feel like Rowsell has extracted your soul from your body, put it under a microscope, then handed you a report on her findings. They are particular in the stories they lay out but, within the details, offer places to find yourself and the tales you could tell.”Buy Tickets
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Following the release of her UK No. 1 debut album Not Your Muse and her stunning televised performances at The Oscars, Baftas, Golden Globes and The BRIT Awards, Celeste is at long last presenting her celebrated debut album live to fans as live music is steadily coming back to the UK.
Her modern take on the timeless, heartache-tinged soul of smoky jazz bars makes her album, Not Your Muse, one of a kind.Buy Tickets
Berwyn – DEMOTAPE/VEGA
Last year saw Trinidad-born, Romford-raised rapper, singer, songwriter and producer BERWYN release his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape DEMOTAPE/VEGA.
Inspired by an early life of trials and adversity and fuelled by a diet of toast, weed and insomnia, BERWYN wrote and produced the 10 tracks that made up the tape in just two weeks; though it distils a lifetime of experiences living on the fringes of London life. It is raw and authentic yet held together with positivity and hope.
Featuring the singles ‘GLORY’ and ‘TRAP PHONE’, ‘DEMOTAPE/VEGA’ received accolades from the likes of Complex, GRM Daily, The FADER, Pitchfork and HYPEBEAST and radio support from the likes of Radio 1 and 1Xtra. It also saw BERWYN deliver one of the year’s best TV live performances, with a powerful version of ‘GLORY’ for Later With Jools Holland that caught the attention of Drake, as well as multiple teachers around the country who contacted BERWYN to request song lyrics to analyse in English classes at school.Buy Tickets