THE hotly anticipated Mercury Music Prize 2011 celebrating the most exciting names in British music is just around the corner – and we have all of the shortlisted albums to give away to one lucky reader.
Not only that, but a runner-up will win a pair of Bose In-Ear Headphones worth more than £60.
A significant year for musical creativity and diversity is confirmed by the 12 Albums of the Year shortlisted for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
“This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist highlights the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music,” says Chair of Judges says Simon Frith.
“The grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound,”
He added: “Much of the music here evokes a sense of place and time, providing a wonderful snapshot of Britain’s varied musical life.”
The 2011 Albums of the Year are: Adele - 21, Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi, Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys, Everything Everything - Man Alive, Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, Gwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss Elmau, James Blake - James Blake, Katy B - On a Mission, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine, Metronomy - The English Riviera, PJ Harvey - Let England Shake and Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy.
Elbow famously skyrocketed to success after winning the prize for their 2008 album Seldom Seen Kid and PJ Harvey previously won the prize with 2001’s Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
The overall winner of the 2011 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two and 6 Music on Tuesday 6th September.
For the chance to win all 12 albums of a pair of Bose headphones, just answer this simple question: Q) What was the name of Elbow’s Mercury-winning 2008 album?
Send your answer along with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: Mercury Competition, 5 - 7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP or email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries should arrive no later than Friday 2nd September. Normal Standard competition rules apply.
To read our guide to this year’s nominees go to www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk