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The year's most promising new artists

184 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers helped put together the BBC Sound of 2012 list by naming their favourite new acts. The tastemakers were:


  • Becci Abbott

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Mark Adams

    Head Of Music, Box Television

  • Sean Adams

    Founder, DrownedinSound. Columnist, Sunday Times

  • Edward Adoo

    DJ, Broadcaster and Music Critic, BBC Radio 5 Live, FLP TV

  • Sam Ajilore

    Founder & Editor, That Grape Juice

  • Muslim Alim

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Annika Allen

    Editor-in-Chief, Flavour Magazine

  • Duncan Allen

    Music Editor, MTV UK

  • Tom Aylott

    Editor, Punktastic.com


  • Gary Bales

    Producer, Lauren Laverne Show, BBC 6 Music

  • Sean Bidder

    Editor, FACT magazine

  • Ric Blaxill

    Music & Content Director, Bauer Radio

  • Leyton Bracegirdle

    Channel Manager, Chart Show TV

  • Mike Bradford

    Editor, The Recommender

  • Elisa Bray

    Music Editor, The Independent

  • Lauren Brennan

    Music Scheduler, BBC 6 Music

  • Matthew Britton

    Blogger, The Pigeon Post/Lost Lost Lost

  • Joe Broadfoot

    Channel Manager, Starz TV

  • Sacha Brooks

    Club DJ &amp: Radio Presenter, Capital FM

  • Laura Hyperfrank Brosnan

    Editor, Soundophiles. Writer, MTV, i-D and Diva

  • Paddy Kelly Bunce

    Executive Producer, Big Top 40

  • James Bursey

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Eugene Butcher

    Publisher Vive Le Rock/Big Cheese Magazines


  • James Cabooter

    Daily Star, Playlist

  • Dan Cairns

    The Sunday Times

  • Keith Cameron

    Contributing Editor, MOJO

  • Ally Carnwath

    Writer, The Observer and Q

  • Jason Carter

    Event Director, Radio 1 & 1Xtra London 2012, and Editor, BBC Introducing

  • Clare Chadburn

    Producer, Radio 1

  • Tim Chipping

    Music Editor, Holy Moly

  • Richard Clayton

    Financial Times, Sunday Times

  • Sam Coare

    Deputy Production Editor, ShortList; Freelance writer

  • Greg Cochrane

    Music Reporter, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

  • Matt Cook

    Director of Talent & Music Programming, MTV UK & Ireland

  • Clare Cooke

    Talent & Music Executive, MTV

  • Leonie Cooper

    Deputy News Editor, NME

  • Dave Coull

    Group Music Manager, UKRD Group Ltd

  • Alex Critchley


  • James Curran

    Head of Music, Absolute Radio


  • Rob da Bank

    Presenter, Radio 1

  • Kim Dawson

    Playlist Editor, Daily Star

  • Chris Denman

    Live Producer & Sound Engineer, Global Radio Group

  • Mike Diver

    bbc.co.uk Album Reviews Editor

  • JJ Dunning

    Editor, The Fly

  • Andi Durrant

    Presenter, Capital FM


  • John Earls

    Playlist Reviews Editor, Daily Star

  • Jamal Edwards

    Founder & CEO, SBTV

  • Matilda Egere-Cooper

    Editor, The Cultural Exposé

  • Priya Elan

    Associate Editor, NME.COM

  • Jess Eldridge

    Music Series Producer, 3DD Productions

  • Kitty Empire

    Pop Critic, The Observer

  • George Ergatoudis

    Head Of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

  • Ben Evans

    Programme Manager, Nation Radio & NME Radio

  • Andy Everett

    Executive Producer, In:Demand Scotland


  • Chantelle Fiddy

    Contributing Editor, RWD, Mixmag urban

  • Mark Findlay

    Head of Music, Capital FM Network

  • Kate Finn

    Music Supervisor, Lime Pictures

  • Holly Frith

    Editor, Gigwise.com


  • Vic Galloway

    Broadcaster, BBC Scotland Radio & TV

  • Paul Gambaccini

    Presenter, Radio 2

  • Jim Gellatly

    Presenter, In:Demand Uncut, Amazing Radio

  • Roscoe Gibbs

    Channel Manager, Greatest Hits

  • Harriet Gibsone

    Deputy Editor, The Fly

  • Keeley Gray

    Channel Manager, NME TV

  • Thomas H Green

    The Daily Telegraph, Mixmag and www.theartsdesk.com

  • Phoebe Greenwood

    The Times

  • Nick Grimshaw

    Presenter, Radio 1


  • Dan Hancox

    Writer, The Guardian, The National, New Statesman

  • Hanna Hanra

    Editor, BEAT magazine

  • Nigel Harding

    Music Policy Executive, Radio 1

  • Jo Harrison

    Editor, Contactmusic.com

  • Phil Hebblethwaite

    Editor, Stool Pigeon

  • Martyn Henderson

    Presenter, Capital FM

  • Alex Herron

    Channel Manager, Scuzz TV

  • Luke Hood

    Founder, UKF

  • Lucy Horobin

    Freelance Presenter

  • Alison Howe

    Series Producer, Later with Jools Holland

  • Michael Hubbard

    Founder/Editor, musicOMH

  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Pop Critic, Financial Times

  • James Hurley

    Editor, MSN Music


  • Tim Ingham

    Editor, Music Week


  • Maurice Jay

    Programme Controller, U105


  • Dave Kerr

    Music Editor, The Skinny

  • Ted Kessler

    Associate Editor (Features), Q Magazine

  • Talia Kraines

    Entertainment Liason, Bauer Media

  • Paul Kramer

    Music Guru, Hit Sheet


  • Lauren Laverne

    Presenter, BBC 6 Music

  • Paul Lester

    Freelance Journalist

  • Michael Lewin

    Editor, Notion Magazine

  • Janice Long

    Broadcaster, BBC Radio 2

  • Jen Long

    Presenter, BBC Introducing in Wales on Radio 1

  • Cath Lovesy

    Head of Music, Channel 4

  • Zane Lowe

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1

  • Laura Lukanz

    Music Manager, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Natasha Lynch

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Kyle Lynd

    Music Supervisor, Skins


  • Annie Mac

    DJ, Radio 1

  • Paul MacInnes

    Editor, The Guardian Guide

  • Stuart Maconie

    Presenter, BBC Radio 2

  • Andy Malt

    Editor, CMU

  • Rick Martin

    News Editor, NME

  • Matt Mason

    Senior Editor, Q

  • Neil McCallum

    Head of T4 and 4Music

  • Rory McConnell

    Producer, BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland on BBC Radio 1

  • Neil McCormick

    Music Critic, The Telegraph

  • Ally McCrae

    Presenter, BBC Introducing in Scotland, BBC Radio 1

  • Craig McLean

    Journalist, The Telegraph, Independent On Sunday & Radio Times

  • James McMahon

    Editor, Kerrang!

  • David McNamara

    Wheel Scene

  • Malik Meer

    Editor, g2, The Guardian

  • Alexander Milas

    Editor, Metal Hammer

  • Alex Miller

    Executive Editor, Vice

  • MistaJam

    DJ and Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1Xtra & Radio 1

  • David Mogendorff

    Talent and Music Digital Director, MTV Networks

  • Garry Mulholland

    Music journalist, broadcaster, author

  • Mark Murdoch

    Founder of Mahogany Blog & Sessions

  • Krissi Murison

    Editor, NME

  • Ben Murphy

    Editor, DJ Magazine

  • Jon Myer

    Music Manager, BBC 6 Music


  • Jenny Nelson

    Music Producer, Absolute Radio

  • Trevor Nelson

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Radio 2

  • Ryan Newman

    Music Team, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Tim Noakes

    Music Editor, Dazed & Confused, SocialStereotype.com


  • Davina O'Garro

    Music Producer, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Dermot O'Leary

    Presenter BBC Radio 2

  • Gillian Orr

    Writer, The Independent


  • Brian Paige

    Programme Director, Radio Forth

  • Cat Park

    Channel AKA

  • Christopher Parkin

    Writer, NME, Time Out, BBC Music, redbull.com

  • Katie Parsons

    New Music Editor, Kerrang!

  • Ben Patashnik

    Editor, Rock Sound

  • Joseph 'JP' Patterson

    Editor, MTV: The Wrap Up. Columnist, GRAMMY.com. Freelance: BBC Radio 1, VIBE, Super Super

  • Chloe Pearson

    Music Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Camilla Pia

    Live Reviews Editor, The Fly. Writer, Q, BBC Music

  • Abbie Pink

    Music Programmer, Box TV

  • David Pollock

    Writer, The Independent, Mixmag, Scotsman, The List

  • Ed Potton

    Rock & Pop Editor, The Times



    • Mark Radcliffe

      Presenter, BBC 6 Music

    • Raziq Rauf

      Editor, ThrashHits.com

    • Thomas Ravenscroft

      Presenter, BBC 6 Music

    • Ed Richmond

      Producer, BBC Radio 1

    • Marc Riley

      Broadcaster, BBC 6 Music

    • John Robinson

      Associate Editor, Uncut

    • Jude Rogers


    • Raj Rudolph

      Editor, EQmusicblog.com

    • Sam Rumney

      Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1

    • Larry Ryan

      The Independent


    • Marc Sallis

      Editor, Artrocker

    • Chris Salmon

      The Guardian, Freelance writer

    • Paul Scaife

      Publisher, Record of the Day

    • DJ Semtex

      Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

    • Charlie Sloth

      BBC Radio 1xtra

    • Christian Smith

      Head of Music, Kiss Network

    • Jeff Smith

      Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music

    • David Smyth

      Chief Rock and Pop Critic, Evening Standard

    • Laura Snapes

      Assistant Reviews Editor, NME

    • Kevin Spector

      Head of Music & Programming, Music Choice International

    • Huw Stephens

      Presenter, BBC Radio 1

    • Phil Stocker

      Producer, BBC Radio 1

    • Mark Strippel

      Head of Music & Events, BBC Asian Network

    • Caroline Sullivan

      Freelance/The Guardian


    • Darren Taylor

      Consulting Editor, Rock Sound

    • Dave Taylor

      Editor, artrocker.com

    • Richard Thane

      Editor, The Line Of Best Fit

    • Claire Thomas

      BBC Introducing

    • Lee Thompson

      Head Of Music, BT Vision

    • Tom Thorogood

      Journalist, Bizarre The Sun

    • Adrian Thrills

      Rock & Pop Critic, Daily Mail

    • Pete Tong

      DJ, Presenter, Radio 1

    • Martin Townsend

      Editor, Sunday Express

    • Toya

      Music Blogger, Toya'z World



      • Tim Vernon

        Music Producer, Absolute Radio

      • Lisa Verrico

        The Times


      • Mike Walsh

        Deputy Programme Director / Head of Music, XFM

      • Lana Webb

        Head of Music, Remedy Productions

      • Andy Welch

        Music Editor, The Press Association

      • Jez Welham

        Presenter, Kiss Drivetime

      • Tim Westwood

        Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

      • Jo Whiley

        Presenter, BBC Radio 2

      • Luke White

        Music Editor, MTV UK

      • Matt Wilkinson

        Radar Editor, NME

      • Mike Williams

        Deputy Editor, NME

      • Scott Wright

        Webmaster, Pinglewood.com



        • Reggie Yates

          Presenter, BBC Radio 1, Glastonbury, Top of the Pops



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