Aug 7, 2017

  • Hyundai Motor UK enters its second year of a three-year title partnership of the Mercury Prize
  • The Hyundai Mercury Prize recognises the most innovative UK and Irish musicians, celebrating artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary musical genres
  • The 12 “Albums of the Year” have now been announced and the overall winner of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year will be revealed at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on 14th September
  • Coinciding with the ‘Albums of the Year’ shortlist announcement, Hyundai kicks off its ‘Find your Rhythm’ campaign with a giveaway of the UK’s first All-New KONA small SUV and a number of ticket packages on social media channels
  • Hyundai will also be working with Shazam, Boiler Room and Absolute Radio on a number of exciting promotions in the run up to the awards show

High Wycombe, 04 August 2017: Hyundai Motor UK has returned as title sponsor for the Mercury Prize for the second year of its three-year partnership. This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Find your Rhythm’ campaign kicks off with the chance to win the UK’s first All-New KONA small SUV through a social media campaign that runs until the awards show on 14 September.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize recognises the best new UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’. The overall Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year is the music equivalent to the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art.

To coincide with the announcement of the ‘Albums of the Year’ shortlist, Hyundai kicked off its ‘Find your Rhythm’ campaign with a competition to win the UK’s first All-New KONA. Hyundai’s campaign will focus on the creative physical and mental spaces where innovation happens – in this case, the relaxing interior of your very own Hyundai KONA.

Hosted on Hyundai UK’s social media channels, including @Hyundai_UK on Twitter, as well as Hyundai UK on Facebook and @HyundaiUK on Instagram, entrants will need to either tweet #HyundaiMercuryPrize or comment on any post relating to #HyundaiMercuryPrize that is posted to Hyundai UK’s Facebook or Instagram feeds.

Hyundai’s ‘Find your Rhythm’ campaign also includes a tie-up with Boiler Room, the home of underground and new music, to produce exclusive performance films and social content with Hyundai Mercury Prize-shortlisted artists. Entries for the KONA competition will also be taken through the Boiler Room social channels using the same #HyundaiMercuryPrize hashtag.

A range of Hyundai vehicles will be provided to artists travelling to and from the awards show at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on 14 September in special Hyundai Mercury Prize livery, featuring a Shazam code. Once scanned with a phone or smart device, the code unlocks a special augmented reality experience featuring a specific Hyundai Mercury Prize artist and a link to their shortlisted album.

Throughout the Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Find your Rhythm’ campaign, Absolute Radio’s new music expert, Danielle Perry will be along for the journey. On Danielle’s Sunday Night Music Club show, each of the Hyundai Mercury Prize artists will be showcased in a weekly ‘The Road to the Hyundai Mercury Prize’ feature. Danielle will also be giving away tickets to the Awards Show during her Thursday evening radio show.                

David Pugh, Marketing Director, Hyundai Motor UK said: “Our Hyundai Mercury Prize partnership exists because we genuinely feel that the Prize’s values, in celebrating and promoting innovation and excellence in music, reflect those of our own brand. We don’t just want our name associated with the Prize, though: it’s important that we add something for music fans. With Boiler Room and Shazam, we’re really shining a light on some of the incredible artists in the shortlist this year, celebrating talent of which everyone in the UK should be rightly proud.”

About Hyundai Motor

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centres worldwide and in 2015 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localised models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type. 

About Hyundai Motor UK

Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 21st to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold a record 92,510 vehicles. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers a full range of vehicles from the award-winning New Generation i10 city car through to the capable Santa Fe SUV and iLoad LCV. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at

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