Organisers behind the Barclaycard Mercury Prize have announced details of a new four year deal with their main sponsor, as well as some changes to the awards for this year and onwards. Most notably a change of venue, the main event will now be held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden where all twelve of the nominated artists will be invited to perform throughout the ceremony.

As well as the new venue there will also be a series of live gigs featuring the ‘Albums of the Year’ artists with tickets for each event being made available via promotions and competitions. Channel 4 will also be running increased coverage of the event further to previous years including footage of the ‘Album of the Year’ gigs and a 30 minute live broadcast on the night of the event itself which will feature the announcement of the winner.

Dan Ford, Managing Director of the Mercury Prize explained the motivation for the changes: "It’s essential that the Barclaycard Mercury Prize proposition evolves and continues to deliver exciting and engaging experiences that appeal to music fans. By providing access to a whole season of Barclaycard Mercury Prize live events, broadcast coverage and online content, we will be able to help even more people discover and experience the amazing range of new music that comes out of the UK every year - generating more interest in the shortlisted artists and albums than ever before. It’s fantastic news that we are in a position to move forward with these plans in partnership with Barclaycard as part of their ongoing support of music in the UK."

We will, in due course bring you news of this years nominations, which will have big shoes to fill following last years recipient PJ Harvey.