The Mercury Prize, which rewards the best British/Irish album of the year, celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year. The momentous occasion brings some changes to this British music institution. Sponsored this year by Hyundai, the prize will be narrowed down to a list of 6 finalists rather than the usual 12. One of the finalists will be decided via a public poll with the rest being selected by the judging panel. A launch event will take place on 4th August with the ceremony itself taking place 15th September at the new venue of the Hammersmith Apollo. Last year’s prize was won by Benjamin Clementine for his debut album At Least For Now.