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Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 16 Sept - 22 Sept 2013

10/09/2013 23:28 BST | Updated 09/11/2013 10:12 GMT

New music fans across the land have some ace shows to look forward to in the coming week- you just might not know it just yet. As always, we've picked our five hottest tips to flag up so you can get them locked down in your diary with plenty of time to plan your night on the town.

Just read our previews below to see why these artists are so deserving of your support. Once you've decided who you're going to see, follow the links for plenty more tunes and info on each of your fave new finds.

So, shall we take a look at who's caught our eye this week? Here's our Top Five Emerging Icons Live...

Thursday 19th September

Michael Reeve at The Cockpit: Leeds, Yorkshire

Acoustic man of the moment Michael Reeve is gearing up for a cracking support slot next week at Leeds' legendary venue, The Cockpit. Headlining the night are the mighty Young Rebel Set- and who better to warm up the crowd for their rustic indie-folk than Mr Reeve and his back-catalogue of honest, personal songwriting? His stripped-back sound will certainly make for a captivating opening performance. Armed with his acoustic guitar and a voice that could thaw the heart of Mr Frosty himself, local lad Michael makes for a strong addition to the line-up and will certainly pick up some new fans on the night.

Saturday 21st September

Martin Luke Brown at Westfield London: Shepherd's Bush, London

If you think we're just being biased by featuring our 'Westfield Presents' line-up on our Top Five Emerging Icons Live, think again. Of course, we do select the line-up for each showcase personally from the very best Emerging Icons talent on our site... but even if we didn't, we'd still mark this out as one of the most unmissable events of the week. Saturday's all-dayer features the awesome talents of Jody Brock, Tom Tyler and Hanna Willow to name a few- and closing the day we have a performance from the brilliant Martin Luke Brown. A talented songwriter, stunning vocalist and devilishly handsome chap, this guy is going to make sure the good people of Westfield head home buzzing from their hit of fresh new tunes! If you like songs that'll get your toes tapping and your soul glowing, this is the only act you need to listen to right now...

Saturday 21st September

The Cottonettes at The Comedy Pub: Piccadilly, London

It's been a while since we've bigged up The Cottonettes; but for all the work they're doing reviving true British punk rock, they certainly deserve some love. It's been a time of rapid growth for the Surrey-based trio that's for sure. Since we found ourselves hooked by punchy garage rock anthem 'Satisfy Me', the lads have been applauded for their old school efforts by the folks at BBC Introducing and Bella Union boss/Amazing Radio DJ/ex-Cocteau Twin/all-round legend Simon Raymonde to name but a couple of their supporters. It's their refreshingly upfront approach and expertly raw sound that's got us alt fans going- a potent mix that's gonna be just blinding live. If you're a fan of The Clash or The Jam you'll need to check this lot out at The Comedy Pub for sure.

Saturday 21st September

Aimee Gould at The Truscott Arms: Maida Vale, London

ACM in Guildford is a veritable hotbed of musical talent, and we've had the pleasure and privilege of unearthing and working alongside many future superstars that have attended over the years. Aimee Gould is our latest fantastic find, and the Winchester lass is steadily making her mark on London's live music scene with her stunning acoustic performances. Having been regularly compared to artists such as Lucy Rose and Laura Marling, the 19-year-old already knows how to enchant her audiences through the gorgeous simplicity of her folk-tinged guitar melodies and sweetly spun vocals. She was a hit on our Westfield stage a few weeks back, so go see her in the heart of Maida Vale next week and you'll leave smitten.

Saturday 21st September

Sky Valley Mistress at Blind Tiger: Bolton, Greater Manchester

There's nowt like a hotly contested Battle Of The Bands to get the old blood pumping through your veins- and with Sky Valley Mistress in the mix; it's going to be a cracker. Blackburn's filthy rock n' roll trio will make it a full-on sweat fest once they take to the stage- and we're backing them to go all the way in this competition following their triumphant debut at Download Fest this summer. They breed soulful blues and solid riffing as few of their contemporaries can; earning them numerous comparisons to The White Stripes, The Black Keys and The Alabama Shakes. That ain't bad going. This is the kind of show that will send shuddering shockwaves to your very core- and if that don't sound like a class Saturday night out, then we don't know what is. Go show them your support if you're in the area!

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