The best of the emerging music talent has been gathered to see who will be the BBC’s Sound Of 2017
It’s an accolade that has helped the careers of Ellie Goulding, Adele and Blossoms. BBC’s Sound Of… is an annual poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent and is Published every December. Now the latest 15-strong list has been released by the BBC.
The first poll was conducted in 2003, when 50 Cent emerged as winner. Since then, most of the artists featured on the annual list have gone onto have successful careers. The list was extended from 10 finalists to 15 in 2009.
Over the years, the poll has come under criticism, with some editors and journalists claiming that it is weighted in the favour of mainstream performers. The head of BBC Radio 1 commented: “The list will inspire debate for sure, but most importantly, it will lead to discovery of artists and musicians trying to stand out from the ever-expanding crowd.”
Among those included on the 2017 Long List are: Manchester’s Cabbage, a band that has gained a reputation for their live shows, Declan McKenna, who’s been touring with Cabbage and Blossoms, along with an appearance on Jools Holland and The Japanese House, who have had support slots with The 1975.
On 2 January the list is reduced to a final five on Radio 1. You can see the full Long List of 15 below:
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
The Japanese House