SOAK Nominated for Mercury Prize

Derry singer-songwriter named alongside Florence + the Machine, Jamie xx and Aphex Twin on prestigious Album of the Year shortlist

Derry star SOAK has been named amongst the nominees for this year's Mercury Prize, which annually recognises the best album from the UK and Ireland.

The singer-songwriter's debut Before We Forgot How to Dream is in the running alongside releases from Glastonbury headliner Florence + the Machine and elusive producer Aphex Twin, whose first album in 13 years is also the first of his to ever receive a nod from the prestigious panel.

After signing with seminal indie label Rough Trade, SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson released her album to much critical acclaim and mainstream popularity earlier this year and subsequently made appearances at festivals around the world as well as BBC 2 institution Later... with Jools Holland.

'Life is crazy' tweeted the 19-year old artist upon the announcement on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show today, adding 'THANK YOU!'

Prior to the album's release we predicted it would be as 'lush and full-bodied' as lead single 'Sea Creatures', recorded with Villagers man Tommy McLaughlin at his Donegal studio.

SOAK recently returned to her native Derry to play a free show at the Playhouse Theatre as part of the city's Culture Night programme. 

The winner of this year's Mercury Prize will be revealed on November 20. For the full list of nominees visit