By Sam Bonham
BBC Bristol Introducing
Out Like a Lion started the winter months with their debut radio play on BBC Bristol Introducing, but now head into the festive period as a hotly tipped band for 2010.
The gig gave the Bristol band national exposure in front of the Radio 1 boss
In December, Bristol-based band Out Like a Lion played at The Flower Pot in London in front of BBC Radio heavyweights Huw Stevens, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
Also in the audience was BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt.
The gig was a celebration of all things BBC Introducing and was headlined by Brit Award winner Florence and the Machine as well as recent chart toppers The Temper Trap.
But, Out Like a Lion were not intimidated by this lop sided line-up, rising to the occasion to play a tight and punchy set which impressed the media savvy crowd.
"This is actually the first ever gig we've played together," Matt Aldus declared on stage. "Everything has happened so quickly."
And it has. Prior to this very-high-profile gig at the BBC Introducing Christmas party, OLAL had only been playing together for a few months.
Their London support slot came after the BBC Bristol Introducing team proposed the four-piece be considered for national airplay.
It is a great achievement for a Bristol band to achieve such success at a national level and a marker of the benefits of the BBC Introducing infrastructure.
Out Like a Lion - collectively from Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Bristol - play catchy and powerful music, taking strands of pop-punk and alternative indie and moulding it into something very much their own.
If you are an artist in Bristol or the surrounding area please upload your tracks to the Introducing Uploader (just like Out Like a Lion did in November) at