The Pundits

This year, 144 UK-based tastemakers were selected by BBC News to vote for their Sound Of 2016.

Although the panel includes a selection of the BBC’s most respected new music presenters and producers, the majority of the pundits are from newspapers, magazines, blogs, commercial radio & TV. This year’s list also includes organisers and bookers for some of the biggest UK music festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and T in the Park, plus lead editorial figures and music curators at music streaming services such as YouTube, Spotify and Deezer.We hope to represent a huge spectrum of music from across the world, covering a diverse range of musical styles and backgrounds.

When selecting the pundits, the BBC’s looking for the most genuine and passionate music fans, whose day-job also involves showcasing the best new music to a wider audience. None of the pundits are paid for taking part.

The Full List

A

Adam Ryan - Festival Booker - The Great Escape, Lovebox, Wilderness

Aimee Cliff - Associate Editor - The Fader (UK)

Alex Baker - Broadcaster - Kerrang! Radio

Alex Critchley - Senior Talent & Music Manager - MTV

Alex Donelly - Head Of Curation - MusicQubed

Alex Hoffman - Head Of Music - VICE UK / Noisey

Alison Howe - Series Producer, Later… with Jools Holland - BBC Music TV

Amelia Hartley - Head of Music - Endemol UK / Tiger Aspect

Andrea Madden - Music Supervisor - Made In Chelsea

Andrew Trendell - Editor - Gigwise.com

Andy Malt - Editor - CMU (Complete Music Update)

Anna Karatziva - Head Of Talent & Music - MTV Networks

Annie Mac - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1

Austin Daboh - Music Manager - BBC Radio 1Xtra

Azi Eftekhari - Head of EMEA Music Partner Management - Google Play

B

Ben Tipple - Editor - Punktastic

Benji B - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Bethan Elfyn - Broadcaster & Project Manager, Horizons - BBC Radio Wales

C

Caroline Sullivan - Writer - The Guardian

Chantelle Fiddy - Freelance Writer - Mixmag Urban, Dazed & Confused, i-D

DJ Charlesy - Broadcaster - Capital FM & Capital XTRA

Charlie Sloth - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

Chloe Pearson - Producer, Music Team - BBC Radio 1

Chris Pattinson - Director Of Music - Black Cab Sessions

Christian Pambrun - Head Of Editorial - Omnifone

Christian Smith - Music Producer - Capital FM & Capital XTRA

Clara Amfo - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1

D

Daisy Jones - Music Editor - Dazed & Confused Magazine

Daniel P Carter - Broadcaster, Rock Show - BBC Radio 1

Danny Howard - DJ & Broadcaster, Dance Anthems - BBC Radio 1

Dave Chase - Director of Music - Burberry

Dave Kerr - Music Editor - The Skinny

David Coull - Group Music Manager - UKRD Group

David Rodigan - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1Xtra

David Smyth - Chief Rock & Pop Critic - Evening Standard

Dean Jackson - Broadcaster - BBC Introducing in the East Midlands

Dermot O'Leary - Broadcaster - BBC Radio 2

Dexter Batson - Assistant Producer, Music Team - BBC Radio 1

Duncan Allen - Head Of Music Programming - MTV

E

DJ Edu - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1Xtra

Emily Eavis - Co-organiser - Glastonbury Festival

G

Gary Bales - Producer, Lauren Laverne - BBC Radio 6 Music

Geoff Ellis - CEO - DF Concerts (T in the Park)

Georgina Parnell - Head Of Entertainment Partnerships - Twitter UK

Goldierocks - Broadcaster, The Selector - The British Council

H

Harriet Jordan-Wrench - Founder - Secret Sessions

Huw Stephens - Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1

I

Ian Greaves - Sr Director Music Programming & Label Relations - Napster UK

J

Jack Mills - Deputy Editor - Wonderland Magazine

Jacob Rickard - Assistant Producer, Annie Mac - BBC Radio 1

Jamal Edwards MBE - Founder & CEO - SB.TV

James Cabooter - Showbiz Editor, Wired - Daily Star

James Curran - Director of Music - Magic and Absolute Radio Network

James Foley - Browse Senior Editor - Spotify UK & Ireland

Jamie Milton - Editor - DIY

Jane Beese - Head Of Music - Roundhouse

Jeff Smith - Head Of Music - BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 6 Music

Jez Welham - Broadcaster - Capital Xtra

Jim Brackpool - Head of Music - BT Sport

Jim Gellatly - Broadcaster - Amazing Radio

Jo Whiley - Broadcaster - BBC Radio 2

John Kennedy - Broadcaster, X-Posure new music show - Radio X

Jon Mac - Festival Booker - Reading & Leeds

Joseph 'JP' Patterson - Music Editor - Complex UK

Joe Walker - Music Writer - RWD

Julian Marshall - Global Head Of Content - Shazam

K

Kate Holder - Producer, Huw Stephens - BBC Radio 1

Keith Cameron - Contributing Editor - MOJO

Kevin Brown - Head Of Label Relations (EU/ANZ) - Spotify

Kevin Harley - Pop Critic - The Independent

Kieran Yates - Music Writer - The Guardian

L

Lana Webb - Head Of Music & Talent - Remedy Productions

Laura Snapes - Contributing Editor - Pitchfork (UK)

Lauren Brennan - Producer, Music Team - BBC Radio 6 Music

Laurie Tuffrey - New Music Editor - The Quietus

Lee Thompson - Music Editor - Record Of The Day

Lee Tyler - Editor - Blues & Soul Magazine

Leonard Foster - Founder - Flavourmag

Lewis Corner - Music Editor - Digital Spy

Lorena Blattner - Head Of Artist & Label Relations EMEA - Rdio

Loz Guest - Head Of Music & Broadcaster - Kerrang! Radio & Planet Rock

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney - Pop Critic - Financial Times

Luke Hood - Founder - UKF

M

Malcolm Jack - Music Editor - The Big Issue

Mark Adams - Music Director - The Box Plus Network

Mark Findlay - Group Head Of Live Music - Global

Mark Lampo - Senior Global Music Programmer - MixRadio

Mark Sutherland - Contributing Editor - Music Week

Mary Anne Hobbs - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 6 Music

Matt Baty - Head of Music - Amazing Radio

Matt Deverson - Head of TV - Global TV (Capital TV and Heart TV)

Matt Fincham - Producer, Annie Mac - BBC Radio 1

Matt Mason - Senior Editor - Q Magazine

Matt Wilkinson - New Music Editor - NME

Melanie Armstrong - Head Of Music - HMV

Michael Baggs - Senior Music Journalist - Shazam

Michael Cragg - Music Writer - Popjustice / The Guardian

Mike Walsh - Head Of Music / Deputy Programme Director - Radio X

MistaJam - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra

N

Nathan Thomson - Head Of Music - Kiss FM UK

Nick Grimshaw - Broadcaster, The Radio 1 Breakfast Show - BBC Radio 1

O

Oliver Keens - Music Editor - Time Out

Owen Myers - UK Editor - The FADER

P

Paul Bridgewater - Editor - The Line Of Best Fit

Paul Firth - Head of Digital Music UK - Amazon

Paul Hourican - Music Curation Lead - YouTube

Paul Lester - Writer - The Guardian

Paul MacInnes - Editor - The Guardian Guide

Paul Scaife - Editor-In-Chief - Record Of The Day

Paul Stokes - Associate Editor - Q Magazine / MOJO

Peter Bradbury - Head Of Music - Sky

Peter Robinson - Founder - Popjustice

Phil Taggart - Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1

Posty - CEO - GRM Daily

R

Rachael Bee - Managing Director - I Luv Live

Rachel Coomber - Producer - BBC Introducing

Raj Rudolph - Editor - EQ Music

Ric Blaxill - Music & Content Director - Bauer Media

Rigsy - Broadcaster - BBC Radio Ulster

Rob Copsey - Editor - OfficialCharts.com

Rob Fitzpatrick - UK Head of Original Content - Spotify

Robert Winters Ronaldson - Founder - The Whitelist

Robin Murray - Online Editor - Clashmusic.com

Ryan Newman - Producer, Music Team - BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

S

Sam Ajilore - Founder & Editor - That Grape Juice

Sam Lee - Editor - Deezer (UK & Ireland)

Sam Wolfson - Editor, Noisey - VICE UK

Sean Griffiths - News Editor - Mixmag

DJ Semtex - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1Xtra

Sophie K - New Music Broadcaster - Team Rock Radio

Stephen Ackroyd - Founding Editor - DIY

DJ Swerve - DJ & Broadcaster - Kiss FM

T

DJ Target - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra

Tim Ingham - Editor - Music Business Worldwide

Tim Vernon - Deputy Head Of Music - Absolute Radio Network

Toddla T - DJ & Broadcaster - BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra

Tom Connaughton - VP Content & Programming - VEVO

Tom Connick - Online Editor - DIY

Tom Cotton - Music Scheduler - Absolute Radio

Tom Lea - Editor In Chief - FACT

V

Vanessa Reed - Executive Director - PRS For Music Foundation

Verity Harris - Editor - Maximum Pop!

Vic Galloway - Broadcaster - BBC Scotland

W

William Caston Cook - Deputy Editor - The 405