The Mercury Prize is one of the biggest awards in British music. Judged by musicians, critics and music industry bigwigs, it’s given for the best album made by a British or Irish artist in the last year. Previous winners include PJ Harvey (twice), Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Pulp. This year’s prize will be awarded at the Hammersmith Apollo on September 15 2016, with judges including Jarvis Cocker, Kate Tempest and Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell – and for the first time there’s a public vote as part of the process too, to help narrow down the shortlist to six before the judges choose the winner. Here are the 12 nominees this year.