To celebrate the past 10 years of supporting the best unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music from across the UK, BBC Music Introducing is putting on a showcase of some of the biggest bands and artists to have made their way to the top of the UK live music scene.
Join us, as we explore the acts that will be featuring on the special night at O2 Academy Brixton, and the story behind how they made their way to the top.
George Ezra’s BBC Introducing story began in 2013 with a performance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury festival. After that performance things quickly escalated and his single ‘Budapest’, which is still one of his most successful songs to date, saw him named in the BBC Sound of 2014 shortlist. Fast forward to 2017 and he’s got a 4x platinum debut album to his name and new single ‘Don’t Matter Now’ became a summer smash.
Blossoms only formed in 2013, so the past four years have been a whirlwind of tours, recording and festival appearances all over the country. Their BBC Introducing break came when they were invited to perform for them at the iconic SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas in 2015. Since then, they’ve released their self-titled debut album, which went to number one in the UK chart and continually sell out their headline shows throughout the UK.
Formed in 2007, the genre-bending band had only released two singles before they were asked to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds festival in 2009, and from then on things only continued to get bigger and better for the band. Now with four albums under their belt, Everything Everything are still as relevant as they were 10 years ago, but there’s still a whole lot more to come.
Soul/R&B singer NAO began her singing career as a backing vocalist for the likes of Kwabs and Jarvis Cocker, before releasing her debut EP, So Good in 2014. In 2015 she dropped her debut album and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards, before then landing a spot on the BBC Sound Of 2016. Having already worked with Disclosure and Stormzy in the past, NAO is well on her way to creating a respected name for herself amongst the UKs newcomers.
As explained in the video below, when UK noise makers Slaves originally pitched their demos to BBC Introducing, they were knocked back when they were told the tracks wouldn’t be played. But they didn’t give up, they re-recorded everything and BBC Introducing went on to play every song off their first album back-to-back. From there they went on to perform at Reading & Leeds and recorded a live session at Maide Vale. Now, they’ve got two Top 10 albums and are headlining festival stages across the country.
The Big Moon
Since their formation in 2014, The Big Moon have been making a lot of friends. In 2015 they embarked on a co-headline tour with VANT and INHEAVEN, and from there they went on to tour with The Maccabees and The Vaccines. Around recording their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension, they also managed to play on Marika Hackman’s latest record, I’m Not Your Man, all whilst smashing festival sets throughout the summer of 2017.
At only 16 years old, Declan McKenna won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition (2015), which saw him perform at the prestigious music festival. From there he went on to record and release two EPs full of politically aware, indie-pop songs and was named in the BBC Sound Of 2017 list. His debut album What Do You Think About The Car? has received rave reviews and saw Declan become tipped as one the brightest young songwriters the UK has to offer.
As a teenager, Rae Morris started gigging around her hometown of Blackpool, where she caught the eye of BBC radio presenter Sean McGinty. In 2011, aged just 18 she was asked to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds festival, within the same month she signed a major record deal. Now in 2017, she’s released a number of EPs and her debut album, provided guest vocals on Bombay Bicycle Club’s album So Long, See You Tomorrow and continues to release dreamy pop music, such as new single ‘Do It’.
Emerging as one of the most exciting urban acts of 2017, Yizzy has had his talent praised by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, NME and many others. Dropping his debut EP This Is The Life earlier this year, the young grime artist’s career is kicking off a storm and with an intense amount of ambition and hunger to succeed, Yizzy is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of in the coming months.
You can catch ALL of these acts performing for BBC Music Introducing Live at O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday 4 October.