The BBC Sound of 2021 longlist revealed

The BBC has a lot of influence over music in her majesty’s kingdom and believes it has a role to play in music discovery. Each December, the Beeb releases a longlist of artists they believe will have a chance of breaking out the following year. Here is the top ten for 2021.

  1. Alfie Templeman
  2. Berwyn
  3. Bree Runway
  4. Dutchavelli
  5. Girl In Red
  6. Greentea Peng
  7. Griff
  8. Holly Humberstone
  9. The Lathums
  10. Pa Salieu

This list will be winnowed down to five in early January, followed by the declaration of a single winner. The Beeb has a pretty good track record of picking great talent. Previous winners have included Adele, Michael Kiwanuka, Haim, and Sam Smith.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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