161 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers helped put together the BBC Sound of 2011 list by naming their favourite new acts. The tastemakers were:


Sean Adams

Founder, DrownedinSound.com

Mark Adams

Head Of Music, Box Television

Edward Adoo

Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC Radio 5 Live

Sam Ajilore

Editor-in-Chief, thatgrapejuice

Annika Allen

Editor & Co-owner, Flavour Magazine


Rob Da Bank

Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Henry Barnes

Writer, The Guardian

James Barr

Presenter, Galaxy

Rachel Barton

Producer, BBC Radio 1

Sean Bidder

Editorial Director, FACT Magazine

Gemma Birkitt

Station Producer, Galaxy FM

Ric Blaxill

Head of Music, Bauer Big City Network

Rob Booth

Electronic Explorations

Mike Bradford

The Recommender Blog Editor

Lauren Brennan

Music Team, BBC Radio 1

Matthew Britton

http://thepigeonpost.wordpress.com/, The Line Of Best Fit

Sarah Burden

Channel Manager, Chart Show, Flava and The Vault

James Bursey

Producer, BBC Radio 1


Keith Cameron

Contributing Editor, Mojo

Ally Carnwath

Writer, The Observer, Q

Jason Carter

Head of BBC Radio 1 Live Music, BBC Introducing

Clare Chadburn

Producer, BBC Radio 1

Tim Chipping

Music Editor, Holy Moly

Stuart Clarke

A&R Editor, Music Week

Richard Clayton

Writer, Financial Times, Sunday Times

Ollie Clueit


Sam Coare

Production Editor, FRONT Magazine

Greg Cochrane

Music Reporter, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

Hattie Collins

Editor, RWD. Music Editor, i-D

Matt Cook

Director of Talent & Music Programming, MTV UK

Leonie Cooper

Writer, NME, The Guardian

Chris Cottingham

Music Editor, The Big Issue

Fearne Cotton

Presenter, BBC Radio 1, TV

Dave Coull

Music Manager, UKRD Group

Will Cozens

Presenter, Kiss Radio

Alex Critchley

MTV UK Talent & Music

James Curran

Head Of Music, Absolute Radio


Austin Daboh

Music Manager, BBC 1Xtra

Kim Dawson

Editor, Daily Star Playlist

Will Dean

The Guardian

Mike Diver

Editor, BBC Music Album Reviews

Niall Doherty

Editor, The Fly


John Earls

Music Writer, News Of The World

Jamal Edwards

Founder & CEO, SB.TV

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Music Writer, The Independent

Priya Elan

Senior Writer, Mojo, NME, The Guardian

Jess Eldridge

Series Producer, The Album Chart Show, 360 Sessions, Koko Pop, Spotlight

George Ergatoudis

Head Of Music, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra

Ben Evans

Programme Manager, Nation Radio & NME Radio


Stefanie Faleo

Music Brand Manager, Bliss

Chantelle Fiddy

Contributing Editor, RWD, Mixmag Urban

Mark Findlay

Head of Music, Capital FM Network

Kate Finn

Music supervisor, Hollyoaks

James Foley

Music Editor, Record of the Day


Paul Gambaccini

Presenter, Radio 2

Roscoe Gibbs

Channel Manager, Lava TV

Harriet Gibsone

Editor, The Fly Magazine Ones to Watch

Ben Gilbert

Yahoo! Music Editorial

Keeley Gray

Brand Manager, NME TV

Thomas H Green

The Arts Desk

Jason Gregory

Editor, Gigwise.com

Nick Grimshaw

Presenter, BBC Radio 1, T4

Gareth Grundy

Observer Newspaper


Dan Hancox

Writer, The Guardian, The National, Q

Hanna Hanra

Co-Editor, The PIX fanzine. Critic, i-D mag. Editor in Chief, BEAT

Nigel Harding

Music Policy Executive, BBC Radio 1

Simon Harper

Editor, Clash Magazine

Jo Harrison


Jakki Healy

Talent and Music Executive, MTV

Alex Herron

Brand Manager, Scuzz TV

Jon Hillcock

Podcaster, New Noise, Radio Presenter

Lucy Horobin

Presenter, (Bauer Big City Network) In Demand

Alison Howe

Series Producer, Later with Jools Holland

Michael Hubbard

Founder/Editor, MusicOMH

Rich Hughes

Editor, The Line of Best Fit


Maurice Jay

Programme Controller, U105

Aled Haydn Jones

Producer, BBC Radio 1 The Chris Moyles Show

Tim Jonze

Editor, guardian.co.uk/music


Anna Karatziva

Label Director, Talent & Music, MTV Networks

Talia Kraines

Londonist.com music editor, Attitude Magazine, Popstarz DJ

Paul Kramer

Music Guru, Hit Sheet Magazine


David Lambert

Music Producer Digital, Absolute Radio

Stuart Last

Producer, BBC Radio 1 Fearne Cotton

Paul Lester

Freelance Journalist

Michael C Lewin

Editor, Notion Magazine

Geoff Lloyd

Presenter, Absolute Radio

Janice Long

Presenter, BBC Radio 2

Cath Lovesey

Head of Music, T4/C4

Zane Lowe

Presenter, BBC Radio 1


Annie Mac

Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Andy Malt


Matt Mason

Senior Editor, Q magazine

Fraser McAlpine

BBC Radio 1 Chart Blog

William McGillivray

Music Programming Manager, MTV Networks

Latoya Melvina

Toyaz World

Alexander Milas

Editor, Metal Hammer Magazine

Alex Miller

Editor, Viceland.com


Presenter, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1

David Mogendorff

Talent and Music Digital Director, MTV

Joe Muggs

Dubstep Editor, Mixmag, Curator, veryverymuch.com

Garry Mulholland

Freelance Journalist, Uncut, The Stool Pigeon

Mark Murdoch

Editor, The Mahogany Blog. Producer, The Mahogany Sessions

Krissi Murison

Editor, NME

Jon Myer

Music Manager, BBC 6 Music


Nick Neads



Presenter, BBC Radio 1, BBC Asian Network

Tim Noakes

Music Editor, Dazed & Confused, DazedDigital.com, SocialStereotype.com


David O'Coy

Editor, Fused Magazine, Area Culture Guide

Marsha Gosho Oakes

Editor/Founder, SoulCulture.co.uk

Gillian Orr

The Independent


Cat Park

Station Manager, Channel AKA

Chris Parkin


Joseph 'JP' Patterson

MTV, SuperSuper Magazine, XXL Magazine, The Huffington Post

Chloe Pearson

Music Producer, BBC Radio 1

Camilla Pia

Live Reviews Editor, The Fly. Writer, NME

Abbie Pink

Music Programmer, Box TV

David Pollock

Writer, The List, Scotsman, The Independent, Mixmag

Andy Puleston

Interactive Editor, BBC Music


Mark Radcliffe

Presenter, BBC Radio 2

Tom Ravenscroft

Presenter, BBC 6 Music

Paul Rees

Editor In Chief, Q

David Renshaw

Editor, PopDash.com. Clash, The Fly, Dazed & Confused Writer.

Adele Roberts

Presenter, Galaxy FM

Peter Robinson

Popjustice, Freelance Writer

Tom Robinson

Presenter, BBC 6 Music

Sian Rowe

Writer, Dazed and Confused, The Guardian

Raj Rudolph

Editor, http://www.electroqueer.com/

Sam Rumney

Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1

Larry Ryan

The Independent


Marc Sallis

Editor, Artrocker

Chris Salmon

Writer, The Guardian

Paul Scaife

Publisher, Record of the Day

Rachel Seagrave

Scheduler, BBC 6 Music

DJ Semtex

Presenter, BBC 1Xtra

Eddie Shaw

Head of Music, Lincs FM Group

Natalie Shaw

Writer, BBC & Muso's Guide

Jeff Smith

Head of Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music

Christian Smith

Head of Music, Kiss Network.

David Smyth

Chief Rock and Pop Critic, Evening Standard

Kevin Spector

Head of Programming, Music Choice International

Huw Stephens

Presenter, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing

Stuart Stubbs

Editor, Loud & Quiet Magazine

Caroline Sullivan

The Guardian, Freelance Rock Critic

Mark Sutherland

Global Editor, Billboard


Darren Taylor

Editor, Rock Sound Magazine

Rich Thane

Editor, The Line of Best Fit

Claire Thomas

Executive Producer, BBC Introducing

Lee Thompson

Head of Music, BT Vision

Adrian Thrills

Critic, Daily Mail

Ludovic Hunter Tilney

Pop Critic, Financial Times

Lee Tyler

Editor, Blues & Soul Magazine


Tim Vernon

Deputy Head of Music, Absolute Radio

Lisa Verrico

The Times


Mike Walsh

Deputy Programme Director / Head of Music, Xfm

Stuart Waterman

Editor, mychemicaltoilet.com

Lana Webb

Head of Music, Remedy Productions

Jez Welham

Presenter, DriveTime Kiss

Tim Westwood

Presenter, Radio 1/1Xtra

Mike Williams

Features Editor, NME

Tony Wilson

Editor, Total Rock

Scott Wright



Reggie Yates

Presenter, Radio 1, MTV, Top of the Pops

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