Candidates for the BBC’s annual ‘Sound Of’ poll have been announced today featuring a longlist consisting of 15 contenders. The shortlist and winner of the award will be announced this coming January.
The poll is conducted by a number of critics and figures within the music industry with the intention to uncover up and coming talent. Over the years the ‘Sound Of’ poll has been successful in unearthing talent that has gone on to achieve huge levels of sucess with notable winners including global superstar Adele and Sam Smith. Not only those who have taken the top spot go on to achieve substantial success with the likes of Slaves, Joy Orbison and James Blake all receiving nominations in 2015, 2011, 2010 respectively.
Those included in the longlist for the Sound Of 2016 poll include MOBO award winners for best newcomers Section Boyz, 5 piece psych pop band Blossoms, south London based soul singer Izu Bizu and 19 year old indie-punk rocker Rat Boy.
The full longlist is as follows:
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Rat Boy