BBC Sound of 2011 list revealed

Sound of 2011 longlist artists

Fifteen of music's most exciting rising stars have been named on the longlist for the BBC's Sound of 2011.

The list was compiled using recommendations from more than 160 influential UK tastemakers, who were asked to name their favourite new acts.

The Sound of 2011 winner and top five will be unveiled in January.

Sound of 2011 longlist artists

Ellie Goulding came top of last year's list. Other winners in the list's nine-year history include Little Boots, Adele, Mika and Corinne Bailey Rae.

The up-and-coming artists on this year's longlist range from singer-songwriters Anna Calvi, Daley and Clare Maguire to pop starlet Jessie J and London grime MC Wretch 32.

Cutting-edge producers and vocalists also feature heavily.

James Blake, Nero, Jai Paul and Jamie Woon have been backed after fusing dubstep and pop with influences from soul to drum and bass.

Rock bands Mona and The Vaccines are named along with leftfield guitar groups Esben and the Witch, Warpaint and Yuck.


  • James Blake
  • Anna Calvi
  • Daley
  • Esben & the Witch
  • Jessie J
  • Clare Maguire
  • Mona
  • The Naked & Famous
  • Nero
  • Jai Paul
  • The Vaccines
  • Warpaint
  • Jamie Woon
  • Wretch 32
  • Yuck

New Zealand five-piece The Naked & Famous, with their synth-rock sound, are also on the longlist.

The tastemakers included radio DJs and producers, TV presenters and producers, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers.

All participants were asked to name their favourite three new acts, who could be performers from any country and any musical genre.

They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010 and must not already be famous, for example by featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or being a member of a successful band.

The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 3 January. One act from the top five will be featured on the BBC News website and BBC Sound of 2011 website every day that week, while BBC Radio 1 will broadcast sessions and interviews with the acts.

Last year, Ellie Goulding was joined in the Sound of 2010 top five by Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Hurts and The Drums.

The previous winners are: Little Boots (Sound of 2009), Adele (Sound of 2008), Mika (Sound of 2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (Sound of 2006), The Bravery (Sound of 2005), Keane (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent (Sound of 2003).

Other artists in the top five in previous years include Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Duffy and the Ting Tings (Sound of 2008), Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Bloc Party (Sound of 2005), Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004) and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).

BBC News website readers have sent us their views on who should go on to achieve mainstream success. Here is a selection of comments.

You must consider Arcade Fire. I'm 65-years-old and I went to see them at the 02. I was staggered at the sell out crowd. When I tell folk that I have seen Arcade Fire live, they say who? Please don't go through life without listening to their stuff. What a lovely group.

Dave Skevd, Lincoln

I think Nero should get it. He is incredible at mixing and will help push dubstep further after the success of Magnetic Man. However I think that James Blake will probably win it and get the success that he deserves. Good luck to all the artists.

Reece Gibbins, Peterborough

Esben and the Witch are the most creative, visually inspiring and unusual group seen for ages. I can't wait for their album to come out.

Francesca Gander, Oxford

The sound of 2011 for me is a band called Botown - The Soul of Bollywood. Simply because they do the musically impossible and combine northern soul with Bollywood.

Sarita Chauhan, London

I am so glad to see Anna Calvi on the list. I had the opportunity to see her live in Oxford a while back and she was just phenomenal. Her music is just so inspiring and full of passion. If anyone should win this then it has to be Anna Calvi.

Ash, Milton Keynes

I am disappointed not to see Everything Everything on the list. As there has been a "pop" music meltdown going on ITV, I expected BBC to go for truly interesting musicians.

Karen Rogers, London

One band missing from this industry list is "The Taste", from Shrewsbury. This band is making a massive impact on the scene at the moment. They're heavily influence by bands such as The Music and Kasabian and will be playing in some big shows in London early next year. They're very energetic, and still unsigned.

Danny, Shrewsbury

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