BBC Music Sound of 2018 longlist revealed

Tom Walker

Alt-pop act Rex Orange County, kaleidoscopic collective Superorganism and powerhouse Scottish singer Tom Walker (pictured) are among the 16 artists to appear on BBC Music’s influential Sound of 2018 longlist.

They are joined by ALMA, Billie Eilish, IAMDDB, Jade Bird, Khalid, Lewis Capaldi, Nilüfer Yanya, Not3s, Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Yaeji and Yxng Bane.

Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the list was selected by a panel of 173 music experts, including former nominees Stormzy, Ellie Goulding, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and last year’s winner, Ray BLK.

The list was started in 2003 and has a history of predicting the acts that will make it big.

Radio 1’s Annie Mac spoke of her excitement at seeing so many ‘young and innovative artists’ on this year’s longlist.

She said: ‘Some acts will be brand new to UK audiences and many have already started to make an impact.

‘I can’t wait to be a part of their journey and see what the year ahead has in store for them all.’

The top five will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1 and BBC News, with the winner announced on 12 January during Clara Amfo’s BBC Radio 1 show.