Rising Irish stars Fontaines DC have been shortlisted for this year's Mercury Prize for their critically acclaimed debut album, Dogrel. 

The Dublin five-piece is one of 12 acts who made the shortlist. They were chosen by a judging panel which includes previous nominees Stormzy and Jorja Smith, and DJ Annie Mac.

Over 200 albums were submitted for consideration, including A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by the 1975 and Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 by Foals. 


The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act. It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards.

Entries are accepted across all genres of music and the winner picks up a cash prize of £25,000. 

Previous Irish acts nominated for the prize include Villagers, Fionn Regan and Lisa Hannigan, however, no one from Ireland has claimed the title to date.

The winner of this year's prize will be announced on September 19.

Mercury Prize Shortlist

Dave - Psychodrama
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Anna Calvi - Hunter
Little Simz - Grey Area
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1
Slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
Fontaines DC - Dogrel
Black Midi - Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon - Reward
Nao - Saturn
Seed Ensemble - Driftglass