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Get a taste of the colour, energy and breadth of BBC Music in 2016 with our hand-picked selection of the most dramatic and eye-catching shots of the year.


JinJoo Lee hits the floor as dance-funk band DNCE - fronted by Joe Jonas - blast off on the Radio 1 Teen Awards stage (October).


Jehnny Beth of Savages crowd surfs at 6 Music Festival 2016 in Bristol (February).

Jack Garratt

Multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt performs in the Live Lounge after winning BBC Sound Of 2016 (January).


Fire in the belly of new band Yonaka, performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend (May).


Lost in the moment - Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES on the In New Music We Trust Stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend (May).


Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence - aka Disclosure - rise from the darkness at Glastonbury festival (June).

Prom 6: Gospel Prom

Singers from leading gospel groups come together to form a "superchoir" at the Royal Albert Hall, for the BBC Proms (July).

Declan McKenna

A member of BBC Introducing artist Declan McKenna's band, live in session at Maida Vale studios (March).

Billie Marten

BBC Introducing success story Billie Marten joins Huw Stephens for Radio 1's Piano Sessions (October).

Mura Masa

BBC Sound Of 2016 act Mura Masa play Maida Vale studios for Radio 1's Future Festival (January).

Band of Horses

A ray of light - American rock act Band of Horses perform an atmospheric set at Glastonbury festival (June).


It could only be the Radio 1 Rock Show - Atlanta metal band Issues turn up the volume (May).

The Last Shadow Puppets

Alex Turner strikes a pose on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage (June).

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula and her dancers dazzle at Glastonbury (June).

Asking Alexandria

Non-stop rock from Asking Alexandria at Radio 1's Rock All Dayer (June).


Grime success Stormzy on the In New Music We Trust Stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend (May).


Coldplay close Radio 1's Big Weekend with a bang (May).


Welsh rockers Estrons tear up the stage at the BBC Introducing & PRS for Music Foundation Showcase at SXSW 2016 (March).


Mechanical, musical and monstrous - the giant Arcadia lights up the night at Glastonbury (June).

South East Corner

From the murky depths of night - Glastonbury's South East Corner plays host to countless DJs and performers (June).


Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury (June).


Claire Elise Boucher - best known as experimental pop-rocker Grimes - lets out a scream at Glastonbury (June).

Naughty Boy

A rainbow of colour as dancers join Naughty Boy on-stage at Asian Network Live (April).

The Shimmer Band

The Shimmer Band live up to their name on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading + Leeds Festival (August).

Bat For Lashes

A veiled Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes performs at Glastonbury (June).


American singer Gallant brings the party (or the balloons, at least) to Radio 1's Live Lounge (September).


The golden touch - dancers perform as part of Arjun's set at Asian Network Live (April).

Fall Out Boy

Fire in the sky - the Main Stage at Reading + Leeds Festival is lit up by Fall Out Boy (August).


Garrett Charles Nash - handily known as gnash - performs for Clara Amfo in the Radio 1 Live Lounge (June).

Prom 8: Strictly Prom

Kevin and Karen Clifton cut a rug at the Strictly Prom with conductor Gavin Sutherland (July).

The 1975: Live Lounge Symphony

The 1975 perform with the BBC Philharmonic at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom (September).


Guy Berryman and Chris Martin of Coldplay at Radio 1's Big Weekend (May).

Years & Years

Showers of confetti rain down on Years & Years' Olly Alexander at Radio 1's Big Weekend (May).

James Blake

James Blake performs on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury (June).

Izzy Bizu

Izzy Bizu - BBC Introducing's Artist of the Year - lights up the stage at the BBC Music Awards (December).

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Wretch 32

Wretch 32 puts on a spectacular show at 1Xtra Live in Liverpool (October).

John Grant

Lens flare threatens to steal the show as Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant performs at Glastonbury (June).

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro in session for Annie Mac on Radio 1 (April).

Kaiser Chiefs

Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs commands the BBC Music Awards stage (December).

Robbie Williams

Always the natural entertainer, Robbie Williams plays to the crowd at the BBC Music Awards (December).

The Oliviers In Concert

Celebrating the Olivier Awards 40th anniversary live on Radio 3 from the Southbank Centre (January).

Dua Lipa

One way to make sure nobody forgets your name - Dua Lipa prepares to play Radio 1's Live Lounge (September).

Zara Larsson

Swedish star Zara Larsson strikes a pose backstage at the BBC Music Awards (December).

Ezra Furman

In the headlights - it's Ezra Furman backstage at Glastonbury (June).


Jayn H. Wissenberg (aka Darkher) and her bandmates backstage at BBC's Maida Vale studios, for a Radio 1 Rock Show session.

Lion Babe

A killer pose from Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, preparing to perform in Radio 1's Live Lounge (February).

Josh T. Pearson

Josh T. Pearson gets in the zone for his interview with Lauren Laverne on 6 Music (June).


Jillian Rose Banks - stage name Banks - backstage before a session for Radio 1's Annie Mac (September).

Clara Amfo with Bruno Mars

Clara Amfo is flanked by Bruno Mars and his band after their Radio 1 Live Lounge (November).

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