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Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 26 Aug - 1 Sept 2013

19/08/2013 18:10 BST | Updated 19/10/2013 10:12 BST

Welcome to your weekly fix of live new music to fall in love with. We've rounded up another selection of the best gigs coming to a town near you, featuring five fresh artists who could easily become your favourite new finds if you get to see them next week.

There really is nothing quite seeing a musician performing live- so whether it's from the stage of your local boozer or a messy festival weekend; just make sure you get out there and support the new music scene.

Shall we see who we're looking forward to checking out next? Get behind this lovely lot...they fully deserve your support:

Thursday 29th August

Hunter & The Bear at Westfield London: Shepherd's Bush, London

Beardy folk from three charming blokes is on the agenda for 'Westfield Presents' next week; as Hunter & The Bear are due to drop by for a set. Joining the bill alongside the sultry Stephanie Santiago and brilliant Humphrey Milles, Thursday's line-up is far too good to miss for any discerning gig-goer. Blending the influences of classic Americana with instrumentation that's rich, rocking and extremely current thanks to recent mandolin-led assaults on the national charts; Hunter & The Bear are a class act with a strong identity that are a pleasure to watch get lost in their tunes. It wasn't that long ago that they were metaphorically tearing things up at Hard Rock Calling... so we reckon you should definitely be grabbing this chance to go and see 'em live... for free!

Thursday 29th August

Helen & The Sirens at The Half Moon: Putney, London

Take a bunch of fiery wonder women and team them up with a singer who has been described by Roger Daltrey as the "best rock voice since Janis Joplin"? Well- you've got a dream line-up on your hands. The unstoppable force that is Helen & The Sirens are fully geared up to join BBC Radio 2 faves Never The Bride. From our own experience of their live performance style, Putney had better prepare to be blown away. They were the stars of the show at the official press launch of the Emerging Icons stage at Westfield London a few weeks ago- and considering that industry darlings AlunaGeorge also made an appearance... that ain't bad going really. Their delicious blend of classical, tribal and choral elements with their potent feminine charm make them one of a kind.

Friday 30th August

Kymberley Kennedy at Westfield London: Shepherd's Bush, London

If Thursday didn't provide enough strong, glamorous females for you, you'd better make sure you head along to the 'Westfield Presents' stage on Friday as well. Leeds' own rising RnB star Kymberley Kennedy is dropping by, and this set is going to be pretty damn special if you ask us. Her name is forever linked with 'one to watch' status having already racked up an impressive list of achievements. From being hyped up by BBC 1Xtra, playing Glastonbury and even having her name credited to the soundtrack of a film starring Johnny Depp's Missus... Kymberley's making significant waves. The exceptionally talented singer, songwriter, composer and producer will bring nothing but sheer musical bliss to the stage next week- so make sure you're there to enjoy it.

Friday 30th August

The PJP Band at Over The Hill Festival: Newquay, Cornwall

August may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean festival season is giving up just yet. Hell no. There's still a few key dates on the diary to bear in mind as the summer slips away- and one of them is the cracking little shindig known as Over The Hill Festival. Just a couple of weeks after Boardmasters and ahead of Electric Beach Festival, Newquay once again provides the perfect setting for a live line-up of cutting edge talent and general shenanigans. Joining awesome locals Auction For The Promise Club and Wille and the Bandits on a belting bill, the brilliant PJP Band will prove unmissable with their inimitable flair for live performance. All alt-rock fans need to be giving this lot a listen...

Sunday 1st September

Kieran Daly at Westfield London: Shepherd's Bush, London

Rounding off the eclectic line-up at Westfield London next week is the exceptional talent of young singer-songwriter Kieran Daly. The Twickenham-based teen is one of the many fresh acoustic artists we've unearthed of late, with his promising demos proving to be far too tempting to turn down. Taking influence from artists including Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner and Damien Rice, his original tracks are charming, honest and extremely sweet on the ear. Serously...we're talking aural honey here. It's only the beginning for this rising star - but this performance is going to be one of those you'll recall when he gets that big break one of these days...

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