Music is a huge part of my professional life and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my waking day listening to music or working with musicians. Since there are few greater gifts than music, I thought I'd showcase 10 acts that have made a real impression in the past few months.
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.
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.
Gigs, gigs and more gigs. You've come to the right place if you're after any of these, cos we're ready and raring to go with this week's top picks of the best live music action going down in musictown, courtesy of our Emerging Icons.
The fruits' dreamy sound is a far cry from the reckless abandon that Perrett Bros. briefly unleashed in 2004 as part of mercurial Pete Doherty's then brand-new Babyshambles. The benevolent svengali behind Strangefruit is an American named Bob Tulipan, a music biz veteran.
We have a handful of fantastic up-and-coming acts for you to become acquainted with because they are just too good to be missing out on. For one reason or another, each and every one of this wonderful lot have really got us going at Emerging Icons HQ... so give em a listen.
The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet. A wise man once noted how it made him want to move his dancing feet- so we've taken it upon ourselves to put together a bunch of brilliant new artists for you to have a summery groove to this week.
It was through this raw talent, a bit of advice and starting promote his music locally through his local BBC Introducing radio station that Jake Bugg's music caught the attention of the masses... oh, and a record company. While still a teenager the little blighter had a number one album...