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BBC Essex Introducing choose the sounds of 2010
By Mike Bromfield & Ollie Winiberg
BBC Essex

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BBC Essex Introducing has brought you some of the best unsigned bands in the county - before they became big.

And 2010 is no different, Ollie and Mike have picked out some of the ones to watch.

If you would like to get your music played on BBC Essex Introducing check out the music Uploader and get your track on it for Mike and Ollie to hear.

Below are four Essex bands who could make it big this year and go on to wider success in the music industry.

Mike picks two to watch...

Twenty Twenty

A south Essex orientated act, that seem to have one of the largest fan bases in the county; after booking their headline tour for the O2 Academies up and down the country, many of the dates have sold out or been upgraded to larger venues.

Sam Halliday
Twenty Twenty vocalist, Sam Halliday during the band's session at BBC Essex

Whilst they appear a manufactured group, we are guaranteed otherwise, not my personal music choice, but definitely keep an ear out for them.

Ollie may not be a massive fan after their not-too successful session but I've never seen so many girls flock to a unsigned group of musicians; Twenty Twenty, you're lucky guys.


Braintree-based band, Hounds, are really going to start to make some waves in the music industry this year, already picking up some pretty impressive achievements; only last weekend being selected by Gavin & Stacey star, Matt Horne, to play his own "Sessions" night at The Queen of Hoxton.

Booked for a session on the show next week, our first of 2010, they are managed by 'The Rev', former lead guitarist for Towers of London and The Prodigy.

Hounds will be playing the first live session of 2010 on BBC Essex

Consisting of Olly Burden, Chas Langston and Chris Frisbee, the Essex trio are being noticed by some top European producers who have spent time remixing their music, like Belarus act Access Denied.

Originally tipped to us by Chelmsford's British Intelligence, Hounds are sure to get some deserved attention this year.

Ollie picks two to watch...


Our number one act from 2009; the guys are not only continuing to make fantastic music that fits perfectly into a genre, alternative rock punk, that is so difficult to get right, but they seem to have a really level headed approach to everything that they do.

Recently, the Southend boys, Andy, Bill and Phil won Channel 4's 'Hollyoaks' Unsigned Competition, starring in their own episode, which will be aired in mid-February.

Redtrack played live in the studio for BBC Essex Introducing

The band's fan base is also vastly expanding, and it now seems that wherever they go, everybody knows all the words to their songs, even Buzzcocks star Pete Shelley is a fan (and now their producer)!

I'm actually very proud to have supported this band, I said to Mike when I saw them live for the first time, that I thought they would be signed within a year.

I was wrong, but in my eyes it's the record labels that are missing out.


Although this lot got off to a flying start playing at Radio One's Big Weekend after Mike and I put them forward, Baddies are still climbing the ladder to success.

They are still gigging all over Europe to spread the word of Baddies and the guys recently gave up their full time jobs to professionally pursue their musical career.

Baddies (Picture: Al Underwood)
Baddies played live on the show in May 2008 (Picture: Al Underwood)

Even after being invited to some prestigious venues, including The Electric Ballroom, the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, Glastonbury, Radio One's Big Weekend and a new year party in Australia.

I absolutely love these guys, and was thrilled to have them in session. They were hard working, funny, and fantastic players.

I have an immense amount of respect for these Southend lads because they work so hard, and if you work hard you will succeed, and that's what I think will happen to Baddies!

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