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Black Country, New Road are delighted to share the news that their album “For the first time” has been shortlisted for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize.

Isaac from the band had the following to say about this achievement:

“It felt great to release our debut album earlier this year and to see so many people enjoy it. For it to be nominated for such a prestigious award has blown our minds! We feel truly grateful for the album to be shortlisted in a year when so many other great albums were released too.”

“For the first time” was released in February on Ninja Tune and immediately saw the band embedded in the public consciousness as a vital prospect in forward-thinking music. “For the first time” was welcomed by extensive critical support globally, and also made a significant dent on the UK Albums Chart, landing at #4 in its first week, a remarkable achievement for a largely experimental debut record.

As well as today’s Mercury Prize shortlist inclusion, “For the first time” has also made a wide number of mid-year “best of” lists at press, radio and retail already.

Earlier this year, “For the first time” also reached #1 on Any Decent Music, #2 at Album Of The Year and sat at #1 on Rate Your Music for several weeks, remaining the record to generate the most fan reviews and site discussion there this year. Black Country, New Road and “For the first time” were also declared Artist Of The Week and Album Of The Week by various media outlets.

The band recently shared a live version video of “Opus“, which was taken from their “Live From Another World” session. Watch “Live From Another World” in full HERE.

The band will play the following dates in 2021:

15/08/2021 – Rotondes, Luxembourg – LUX
19-22/08/2021 – We Out Here, Cambridgeshire – UK
02-05/09/2021 – End Of The Road, London – UK
03/09/2021 – Wide Awake, London – UK
14/09/2021 – Electric Ballroom, London – UK (SOLD OUT) *
23/10/2021 – Bumann & Sohn, Cologne – DE
24/10/2021 –  Botanique Orangerie, Belgium – BE
25/10/2021 – Le Trabendo, Paris – FR
27/10/2021 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing – FR
28/10/2021 – Lieu Unique, Nantes – FR
29/10/2021 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux – FR
30/10/2021 – Dabadaba, San Sebastian – ES
01/11/2021 – ZDB, Lisbon – PT (SOLD OUT)
02/11/2021 – El Sol, Madrid – ES
03/11/2021 – Laut, Barcelona – ES
05/11/2021 – Circolo della Musica, Turin – IT
06/11/2021 – Bogen F, Zürich – CH
08/11/2021 – Underdogs’, Prague – CZ
09/11/2021 – Lido, Berlin – DE
10/11/2021 – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw – PL
11/11/2021 – Transcentury Update Warm Up @ UT Connewitz Leipzig – DE
12/11/2021 – Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg – DE
14/11/2021 – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht – NL
16/11/2021 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam – NL (SOLD OUT)
29/11/2021 – Chalk, Brighton – UK *
30/11/2021 – Junction 1, Cambridge – UK *
01/12/2021 – 1865,  Southampton – UK *
03/12/2021 – Arts Club, Liverpool – UK *
04/12/2021 – Irish Centre, Leeds – UK (SOLD OUT) *
06/12/2021 – O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchster – UK *
07/12/2021 – Newcastle University Student Union, Newcastle Upon Tyne – UK *
08/12/2021 – SWG3, Glasgow – UK *
09/12/2021 – The Mill, Birmingham – UK *
10/12/2021 – The Waterfront, Norwich – UK *
12/12/2021 – SWX, Bristol – UK *
13/12/2021 – Y Plas, Cardiff – UK *
15/12/2021 – Whelan’s, Dublin – IE (SOLD OUT) *

* – with Ethan P. Flynn

Tickets are available HERE

‘For the first time’ is available on LP, CD, as well as Cassette (BC,NR store only). 

Stream/Buy the album HERE

Black Country, New Road
For the first time’
Out now on Ninja Tune

1. Instrumental
2. Athens, France
3. Science Fair
4. Sunglasses
5. Track X
​6. Opus

Black Country, New Road are:

May Kershaw – Keys
Charlie Wayne – Drums
Luke Mark – Guitar
Isaac Wood – Vocals/Guitar
Tyler Hyde – Bass
Lewis Evans – Sax
Georgia Ellery – Violin

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