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The Next Big Thing Final
The Next Big Thing Final


Seven acts from six countries have made the shortlist for the BBC World Service's search for The World's Best Young Band.

They have flown into the UK to perform at the BBC's famous Maida Vale studios, where a panel of music industry experts will decide the winner.

Judges William Orbit (producer of Madonna and Robbie Williams), record label boss Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), world music star Angelique Kidjo, WOMAD founder Peter Gabriel and drummer from one of the UK's hottest bands "Dirty Pretty Things" will present the award.

Join Mark Coles and Jane Witherspoon for the final.

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