London-based lyricist Little Simz ran out a deserved winner of this year's prestigious prize with her universally acclaimed fourth album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
But…take nothing away from the other Mercury Prize nominees, this year’s accolade was hotly contested by a whole host of the UK & Ireland’s most premium talent, all of whom would have been worthy recipients of the coveted award themselves. A sentiment echoed by the eventual winner. “We all made incredible albums, we all changed people’s lives with our music, and that’s the most important thing”.
We take a look at which of the 2022 nominees are playing in Ireland in the near future. From global pop superstar Harry Styles to genre-bending rock duo Nova Twins, this year’s shortlist was indeed an eclectic one. Find out when and where you can see them, plus…find out exactly why they were nominated in the first place by taking a listen to the albums that had them in contention below.
Nominated for: Seventeen Going Under
Where: Ormeau Park, Belfast & Malahide Castle, Dublin
When: 23 & 25 June 2023.
Nominated for: The Overload
Where: Vicar Street, Dublin
When: 26 April 2023.
Nominated for: Supernova
Where: Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast
When: 10 February 2023.
Nominated for: Prioritise Pleasure
Where: 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin & The Limelight 1, Belfast
When: 26 & 27 February 2023.
Nominated for: Harry’s House
Where: Slane Castle, Co. Meath
When: 10 June 2023.
Nominated for: Wet Leg
Where: The Limelight 1, Belfast & The Academy, Dublin
When: 27 & 28 February 2023.
Full list of nominees
- Harry Styles – Harry’s House
- Wet Leg – Wet Leg
- Yard Act – The Overload
- Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
- Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
- Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – For All Our Days That Tear The Heart
- Joy Crookes – Skin
- Gwenno – Tresor
- Kojey Radical – Reason To Smile
- Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert*
- Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor
- Nova Twins – Supernova