Florence and the Machine are most high-profile act on Mercury Prize shortlist, but established bands are outsiders to win musical award.
A dozen acts have been shortlisted for the 2015 Mercury Prize, with Jamie XX made a best-price 4/1 favourite with Betfred to scoop the honour.
Bookies.com look at five other bands or artists that could win this year’s award:
Florence and the Machine
Undoubtedly one of the biggest names on the Mercury shortlist is Florence and the Machine. The London-based act leapt to prominence in 2009 thanks to their innovative neo-indie sound and the expansive vocal qualities of lead singer Florence Welch.
Since then, the group have appeared at the Grammy Awards, headlined the Glastonbury Festival, and earned their first Mercury nomination with the chart-topping album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. They’re a best bet of 20/1 outsiders with Ladbrokes, but their popularity cannot be underestimated.
BETTING TIP: Florence and the Machine win Mercury Prize @ 20/1 with Ladbrokes.
One of this year’s biggest surprises was the emergence of Wolf Alice as a fully-fledged alternative rock band. Transcending their humble beginnings in North London’s indie music scene, the four-piece have grown to grace numerous magazine covers and huge festival stages.
And with their 1990s-influenced debut album My Love Is Cool rising to number two in the album charts, it looks like it could make a household name out of star-in-waiting Ellie Rowsell. BetVictor price Wolf Alice at an attractive 8/1 to sweep the Mercury Prize.
BETTING TIP: Wolfe Alice win Mercury Prize @ 8/1 with BetVictor.
Providing a touch of reassuring familiarity to this year’s awards is Gaz Coombes. Known for his role as the leader of Britpop band Supergrass, Coombes has re-emerged as a solo artist in his own right with the critically-acclaimed album Matador.
Featuring a newfound love of darker, experimental textures alongside Coombes’ effortless vocals, the album looks set to deliver a bright future for the Supergrass star. Betfair make him a relative 18/1 outsider, but his old band had a cult following.
BETTING TIP: Gaz Coombes wins Mercury Prize @ 18/1 with Betfair.
Adding a much-needed dose of petulance to the Mercury Awards is the fearsome punk two-piece Slaves. Having cracked the top ten in June with their debut album Are You Satisfied?, the duo treated UK festival audiences to their trademark chaotic live act that featured an angst-fuelled blend of aggressive blues riffs and venomous vocal polemic. Ladbrokes offer top odds of 12/1 on them to scoop the gong.
BETTING TIP: Slaves win Mercury Prize @ 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
And finally, just to prove that the Mercury Music Prize isn’t afraid of experimental sounds, is the inclusion of the infamous electro outsider Aphex Twin. As his first album in over thirteen years, Syro perfectly summed up the innovative artist’s chaotic career with a hypnotising blend of soothing ambient sounds and aggressive drill’n’bass experimentation. Odds of 14/1 are on offer for him to win ar bet365.
BETTING TIP: Aphex Twin wins Mercury Prize @ 14/1 with bet365.