Mercury Prize nominees playing in Ireland

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”.

Little Simz wins the Mercury Prize 2022

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.

Sam Fender

Sam Fender - Mercury

Nominated for: Seventeen Going Under

Where: Ormeau Park, Belfast & Malahide Castle, Dublin

When: 23 & 25 June 2023.

Yard Act

Yard Act - Mercury

Nominated for: The Overload

Where: Vicar Street, Dublin

When: 26 April 2023.

Nova Twins

Nominated for: Supernova

Where: Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

When: 10 February 2023.

Self Esteem

Self Esteem - Mercury

Nominated for: Prioritise Pleasure

Where: 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin & The Limelight 1, Belfast

When: 26 & 27 February 2023.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles - Mercury

Nominated for: Harry’s House

Where: Slane Castle, Co. Meath

When: 10 June 2023.

Wet Leg

Wet Leg - Mercury

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