Highlighting the most acclaimed British albums of the year
Each year, 12 British and Irish artists are shortlisted for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize, highlighting the best albums from the past year.
The shortlist for 2012 was announced on 12 September in an event at London's exclusive Hospital Club.
Four gigs have taken part throughout September and October at LSO St. Lukes in East London, with artists showcasing their nominated material.
This year's winner will be revealed on 1 November in an awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, which will be hosted by Lauren Laverne.
The night will feature performances from all shortlisted artists, so if you haven't seen them before you can watch them live right here,
The whole event will be live on 4Music from 9.45pm and you can catch the announcement of the winner on Channel 4 at 10pm.
Watch below as 4music.com meets some of this year's nominees and chat with Mercury Prize host Lauren Laverne about her favourites to win.
Don't Miss the Barclaycard Mercury Prize live this Thursday 1 November on 4Music at 9.45pm