Burial to win Mercury Prize?

Burial: After tomorrow, even your mum might know who he is.
Burial: After tomorrow, even your mum might know who he is.

The 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize will be awarded to Burial if a leading bookmaker is to be believed. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced tomorrow night, and the dubstep artist is the clear favourite.

UK bookmaker William Hill has Burial at 4/7 to walk off with the prize for his album Untrue, while second favourites Radiohead and Elbow are both priced at 6/1 for In Rainbows and The Seldom Seen Kid respectively.

You can get 10/1 on Laura Marling to win, 16/1 on Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and 20/1 on The Last Shadow Puppets, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Neon Neon and British Sea Power.

Adele is at 25/1 while at 33/1, Portico Quartet and Estelle are the outsiders.

Had we been betting men, we'd have put our money on Burial from day one, but if we were to take a punt now, we'd stick a pound or two on the Plant/Krauss record (for no other reason than we've got a 'feeling' about it).

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.