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Top 5 new bands at R1's Big Weekend

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

For those not catching Snow Patrol or Lily Allen on the main stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon, the BBC Introducing tent is the place to spot next year's headliners.

Marina And The Diamonds
Marina And The Diamonds play this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend

Last May in the wilting sun of Mote Park, Maidstone, Madonna was bringing her global sequined road-show to Radio 1's Big Weekend.

It was a glamorous way to round off the annual festival which, every year, sees 20,000 people over two days witness some of the biggest acts around.

But on an altogether more shaded part of the site, something far more futuristic was unfolding.

Shortly before a DJ set from Radio 1's Chappers 'n' Dave a little known threesome called White Lies glumly shuffled on stage at the BBC Introducing Stage.

Twelve months on and the brothers of grim indie have had a number one album, a string of sell-out tours and a promotion to this year's In New Music We Trust Stage.

But it wasn't just them - Golden Silvers, James Yuill and Twisted Wheel who also appeared - have all gone on to make critically lauded debut albums.

So, if you interested in bands that will be gracing the main stage at next year's Radio 1 Big Weekend stay tuned. Here are our top five tips playing on the BBC Introducing Stage:

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club formed in London in 2005

Having sensibly waited to finish their A-Levels before launching their assault on the music-sphere, London foursome BBC have been playing sporadic gigs for a couple of years now. However, with their stella debut LP I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose in the can, and set for release this September, they're shaping up to look like genuine contenders.

When: Saturday

For fans of: The Maccabees, Pigeon Detectives, Cajun Dance Party

Master Shortie

Theo Kerlin has ideas. Lots of them. At the tender age of 19, Theo aka Master Shortie has already been rapping for seven years. But it's not just flaccid chart pleasing hip-hop he's producing, the teenager stirs in grime, hip hop, rave and rock. New single Dance Like A White Boy is a marvel, as is debut album A.D.H.D [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder]. A British Andre 3000 might well have just been born.

When: Saturday

For fans of: Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz, Kid Cudi


Baddies play the Sunday of this year's Big Weekend

According to BW's official tailoring division you won't find a smarter band on site all weekend. Except maybe Friendly Fires - they always turn out well. Four call-centre rock stars in waiting, Baddies are Southend's answer to Queens Of The Stone Age or The Young Knives. They also have the unquenchable ambition to match. "We want is to be rich and famous - the same as everybody else does," they told us last November. You've got to admire honesty like that.

When: Saturday

For fans of: Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snow Patrol


African elephants have big ears. Indian elephants have smaller ears. These Elephants, from Kent, just have good ears. For everyone who thinks the only exciting thing to leave Folkstone is the channel ferry these recent BBC Introducing session guests spectacularly knit together marching rhythms and chugging riffs into the kind of heady spell last seen cast by Mystery Jets.

When: Sunday

For fans of: Panic At The Disco, The Maccabees, Jack Penate

Marina And The Diamonds

Any artist jostling for recognition has their work cut out. But when you're being lumped in with this year's hottest contenders [Florence & The Machine, Little Boots and La Roux] it's that much harder. Marina, from South Wales, is with her terrifically feral pop pitched somewhere between Amanda Palmer, Kate Nash and Regina Spektor. If anyone has the fight to get out of the pack, it's Marina.

When: Sunday

For fans of: Florence & The Machine, Little Boots, Regina Spektor

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