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The Pundits

213 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers helped put together the BBC Sound of 2013 list by naming their favourite new acts.


Becci Abbott - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Stephen Ackroyd - Editor, DIY

Mark Adams - Head Of Music, Box Television (4Music, The Box, Kiss, Kerrang, Magic, Heat and Smash Hits)

Sam Ajilore - Founder & Editor, That Grape Juice

Muslim Alim - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Annika Allen - Editor-In-Chief, Flavour Magazine

Duncan Allen - Music Programming Manager, MTV

Charlie Ashcroft - Presenter, Amazing Radio

Tom Aylott - Editor, Punktastic


Michael Baggs - Editor, Gigwise

Alex Baker - Presenter, Kerrang! Radio

Beez - Channel Manager, Scuzz TV

Gary Bales - Editor, BBC 6 Music

Matthew Bennett - Deputy Editor, Clash Magazine

Ric Blaxill - Music and Content Director, Bauer Radio

George Bowie - Breakfast Show Host, Clyde 1 Glasgow

Leyton Bracegirdle - Channel Manager, Chart Show TV

Mike Bradford - Blogger, The

Elisa Bray - Music Editor, The Independent

Lauren Brennan - Producer, Music Team, BBC 6 Music/Radio 2

Luke Morgan Britton - News Editor, The Line Of Best Fit

Matthew Britton - Lost Lost Lost

Laura Brosnan - Journalist, Hyperfrank, The Independent Blogs, MTV

Sarah Burden - Channel Manager, Flava

Nicholas Burman - Online & Reviews Editor, Artrocker

James Bursey - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Eugene Butcher - Publisher, Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, Iron Fist Magazines


James Cabooter - Daily Star

Dan Cairns - The Sunday Times

Keith Cameron - Contributing Editor, MOJO

Ally Carnwath - Writer, The Observer and Q

Kim Carr - Playlist Editor, Daily Star

Jason Carter - BBC Head Of Popular Music Events

Tim Chipping - Music Editor, Holy Moly

James Clark - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Richard Clayton - Freelance Music Writer, Financial Times & Sunday Times

Aimee Cliff - Acting Editor, Dummy

Sam Coare - News Editor, Kerrang!

Hattie Collins - Freelance Music Journalist

Will Cook - Editor, The 405

Clare Cooke - Talent & Music Manager, MTV

Chris Cottingham - Mixmag, Q

Fearne Cotton - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

David Coull - Group Music Manager, UKRD Group Ltd

Michael Cragg - Writer, The Guardian, Popjustice

Alex Critchley - Talent & Music Manager, MTV

James Curran - Head of Music, Absolute Radio Network


Rhian Daly - Freelance Journalist, NME/The Fly

Chris Denman - Global Radio Group Live Producer and Sound Engineer

Mike Diver - BBC Album Reviews Editor

Niall Doherty - Reviews Editor, Q

Malcolm Dome - Writer and Broadcaster, Total Rock

JJ Dunning - Editor, The Fly

Andi Durrant - Presenter/DJ, Capital FM


John Earls - Music Writer, Daily Star/Classic Pop

Jamal Edwards - SBTV

Steven Edwards - Commissioning Executive, Channel 4

Priya Elan - Music Writer

Jess Eldridge - Music Series Producer, 3DD Productions

Jonny Ensall - Music & Clubs Editor, Time Out London


Jimi Famurewa - Features Editor, ShortList Magazine

Andrea Favale - Music Editor, MTV Networks

Paul Fernley - Programmes Manager, The Hits Radio and Heat Radio

Chantelle Fiddy - Contributing Editor, RWD, Mixmag Urban

Mark Findlay - Head Of Music, Capital FM Network, Global Radio

Kate Finn - Music Supervisor, Lime Pictures

Mark Franklin - Group Programme Director, Town & Country Broadcasting

Bobby Friction - Presenter, BBC Asian Network

Holly Frith - Music Editor,


Vic Galloway - Broadcaster, BBC Scotland Radio & TV

Jim Gellatly - Presenter, In:Demand Uncut, Amazing Radio

Harriet Gibsone - Senior Features Writer, Company Magazine

Pierre Godson-Amamoo - Co-Founder, GRM Daily

Marsha Gosho Oakes - Founder/Editor,

Stuart Grant - Head Of Music, Choice FM

Thomas H Green - The Arts Desk

Sean Griffiths - Staff Writer, Mixmag


Hanna Hanra - Editor, The Beat

Nigel Harding - Music Policy Executive, BBC Radio 1

Kevin Harley - Pop Critic, The Independent Radar

Simon Harper - Editor-In-Chief, Clash Magazine

Jo Harrison - Editor,

Phil Hebblethwaite - Editor, The Stool Pigeon

Jon Hillcock - Presenter, BBC 6 Music; Podcaster,

Mary Anne Hobbs - Presenter, Musical Evangelist

Ben Homewood - Deputy Editor, The Fly

Luke Hood - Founder, UKF

Joff Hopkins - Music Programmer, Tindle Radio

Tom Howard - Reviews Editor, NME

Alison Howe - Series Producer, Later with Jools Holland

Michael Hubbard - Founder/Editor, musicOMH

Michelle Hunter - Producer, In:Demand Uncut (Bauer Scotland)

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney - Pop Critic, Financial Times

James Hurley - Editor, MSN Music


Tim Ingham - Editor, Music Week


Alex James - InDemand Presenter, Bauer Radio

Peter Jarrett - Music Editor, Record of the Day

Allan Jones - Editor, Uncut

Chris Jones - Freelance Writer

Lucy Jones - Deputy Editor,


Kan D Man - Presenter, BBC Asian Network

John Kennedy - Presenter/Producer, X-Posure, Xfm

Dave Kerr - Music Editor, The Skinny

Ted Kessler - Features Editor, Q

Talia Kraines - Producer, Bauer Media

Paul Kramer - music biz guru / Publisher, Hit Sheet Magazine


James Lachno - Music Critic, Daily Telegraph

Paul Lester - Guardian New Band of the Day

Michael C Lewin - Editor, Notion Magazine

Adam Levoi - Head of Music, Starz TV

Geoff Lloyd - DJ, Absolute Radio

Janice Long - Broadcaster, BBC Radio 2

Jen Long - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Zane Lowe - Broadcaster/DJ, BBC Radio 1

David Lucas - Music Programmer, Box Television

Damian Luft - Music Editor, MTV

Laura Lukanz - Music Manager, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Natasha Lynch - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Dorian Lynskey - Writer, Guardian, Observer, Q


Annie Mac - Presenter/DJ, BBC Radio 1

Paul MacInnes - Editor, Guardian Guide

Paul Mack - Deputy Programme & Network Music Director, Free Radio

Magda Malak - Music Editor, MTV

Andy Malt - Editor, CMU

Matt Mason - Senior Editor, Q Magazine

Ally McRae - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Alexander Milas - Editor, Metal Hammer

Alex Miller - Editor-in-Chief, VICE UK

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

Nick Mitchell - Deputy Online Editor, The Scotsman

David Mogendorff - Talent and Music, MTV Networks International

Mark Murdoch - Founder, The Mahogany Blog

Ben Murphy - Editor, DJ Magazine


Trevor Nelson - Presenter, BBC Radio 1xtra/Radio 1/Radio 2

David Newbury - Music Critic, The Independent, Londonist, Le Cool

Ryan Newman - Music Team, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Annie Nightingale - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Nihal - DJ, BBC Radio 1


David O'Coy - Editor-in-Chief, Fused Magazine/Editor, Area

Dermot O'Leary - Presenter, BBC Radio 2

Gillian Orr - Writer, The Independent


Brian Paige - Programme Director, Radio Forth

Pete Paphides - Music Writer and Broadcaster

Katie Parsons - Kerrang!

Ben Patashnik - Editor, Rock Sound

Joseph 'JP' Patterson - UK Correspondent, MTV IGGY; Columnist, The GRAMMYs / MTV RapFix; Contributor, Village Voice, Billboard, Mixmag, NME

Louis Pattison - Writer/Editor, Guardian, NME, Uncut,

Chloe Pearson - Music Producer, BBC Radio 1

Danielle Perry - New Music Presenter, Q Radio, Daytime Kerrang! Radio, Miss Perry Presents

Camilla Pia - Music Team, BBC 6 Music

Abbie Pink - Music Programmer, Box Television

E Plus - Presenter, Choice FM

David Pollock - Writer, The Independent, Scotsman, Mixmag, The List

Ed Potton - Rock & Pop Editor, The Times

Oliver Primus - Editor, The 405


Mark Radcliffe - Presenter, BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 2

Raziq Rauf - Editor,

Tom Ravenscroft - Presenter, BBC 6 Music

James Read - Editor, Don't Panic

Rigsy - Presenter, BBC Radio Ulster

Marc Riley - Presenter, BBC 6 Music

Rob da Bank - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

John Robb - Boss, Louder Than War

Peter Robinson - Popjustice, Q magazine, the Guardian

Wendy Roby - Singles Editor, Drowned in Sound

Romeo - Presenter, In:Demand Scotland

Sian Rowe - Assistant Reviews Editor, NME

Raj Rudolph - Editor, EQ Music Blog

Sam Rumney - Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1

Larry Ryan - The Independent


Darren Sadler - Managing Editor, Terrorizer

Marc Sallis - Editor, Artrocker Magazine

Kiran Sande - Editor-at-large, FACT

Claire Sawers - Music Editor, The List

Paul Scaife - Publisher, Record of the Day

DJ Semtex - Presenter, BBC Radio 1xtra

Marco Sensi - Music Editor, Box TV/4Music

Gordon Smart - Showbiz Editor, The Sun and DJ, Xfm

Christian Smith - Network Head of Music, Kiss FM UK

Jay Smith - Music Editor, MTV

Jeff Smith - Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music

David Smyth - Chief Rock And Pop Critic, Evening Standard

Laura Snapes - Associate Editor, Pitchfork

Kevin Spector - Director of Music Programming (Europe), Stingray Digital

Huw Stephens - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Phil Stocker - Producer, BBC Radio 1

Paul Stokes - Q Magazine

Stuart Stubbs - Editor, Loud And Quiet

Caroline Sullivan - Guardian critic

Chris Sweeney - Music Writer, The Scottish Sun


Phil Taggart - Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Eddy Temple-Morris - DJ-producer-presenter-remixer-bass player, Xfm, Channel 4, Losers, SGP.

Claire Thomas - Executive Producer, BBC Introducing

Lee Thompson - Head Of Music, BT Vision

Tom Thorogood - Music/Showbiz Reporter, The Sun

Adrian Thrills - Rock & Pop Critic, Daily Mail

Jonny Tiernan - DJ,

Pete Tong - DJ/Presenter, BBC Radio 1

Lee Tyler - Editor, Blues & Soul Magazine


Tim Vernon - Deputy Head of Music, Absolute Radio

Lisa Verrico - The Sunday Times


Ayeesha Walsh - Showbiz Reporter, The Sun Online

Mike Walsh - Deputy Programme Director / Head of Music, Xfm

Lana Webb - Head of Music & Talent, Remedy Productions

Andy Welch - Music Editor, The Press Association

Jez Welham - Presenter, Kiss FM

Jo Whiley - Presenter, BBC Radio 2

Matt Wilkinson - New Music Editor, NME

Mike Williams - Editor, NME

Ben Wolford - Music Producer, Absolute Radio


Kieran Yates - Writer/Presenter, The Guardian

Kieran Yeates - Music Team, BBC Radio 1


Shell Zenner - Presenter, Amazing Radio