The Blog Sound of 2013

In 2011, a small bunch of independent music bloggers discussed the idea of collating the combined thoughts, knowledge, and passions of the UK blogging community to create the Blog Sound of 2012 – our own poll to highlight some of the best emerging artists. Andy from the Von Pip Musical Express organised the poll and you can see the results here.

The idea was in no way, intended as a platform to criticise the BBC’s Sound of List, but simply an experiment to see if UK bloggers could come up with its own list that was more representative of their community and give the artists that were nominated some extra publicity. Indeed the idea was to compliment the BBC list in many ways by providing an alternative to compare and contrast.

Indeed last year’s final long list did provide some interesting alternatives to the BBC list; most notably, it included Alt-J, this year’s Mercury Prize winners, who didn’t feature on the BBC list at all. With success of the list, which was publicised by the voting bloggers themselves through their blogs, but found its way onto the national and online press, we’ve decided to run the poll again for 2013. This year Robin from Breaking More Waves, with a bit of help from Andy from The Von Pip Musical Express and Bill from God Is In The TV have been getting their hands dirty at the musical coal face and asking bloggers for their hopes, tips and dreams for 2013.

The voting closed on the 19th Nov and the results of the long list will be announced at 8.30am on Monday 3rd Dec. We hope that a number of participating blogs will carry articles about the long list and tweet about it using #blogsound2013. The votes are in and the long list makes for an interesting selection whilst the voting range shatters the myth that bloggers tend to blindly follow the same artists. The results are eclectic, exciting and surprising and will, we hope give the artists featured some extra exposure. Almost fifty blogs were involved in the voting including large, established well-respected blogs alongside some of the smaller up and coming bloggers. We hope the results show the vibrant and diverse range of music that is enthusiastically supported by the UK blog scene!

The shortlist and winner will be announced on 3rd January 3rd at 8.30 am

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.