Kieran Yeates, BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing producer Kieran Yeates shares some of the acts he's discovered lately. Expect a mixed bag of homegrown talent, from Northern Irish singer-songwriter SOAK to quality Stoke indie band Racing Glaciers.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 24 Oct 2014
  • min read
Music boffin Kieran Yeates has been at the BBC for six years, producing Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show and curating the BBC’s influential Sound of… poll.

Now he’s working alongside BBC Introducing creator Jason Carter to help ensure the continued success of the platform.

Earlier this week he gave his top tips for getting noticed by BBC Introducing regional and national teams. And, while we had his ear, we asked him to pick 10 upcoming BBC Introducing acts he’s excited about. Here’s what he chose…

Lapsley: Station
Our Introducing shows in Lancashire and Merseyside have been supporting this talented 18-year-old singer and producer since late last year.

SOAK: B a NoBody
She was only 16 when BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland first got on board with this singer. She’s since gone on to feature on the Radio 1 playlist and play on our stage at Glastonbury.

Lisbon: Native
A talented four-piece from the North East who’ve played our stage at T in the Park Festival and most recently toured with Eliza & The Bear.

James Bay: Let It Go
This song’s destined to be huge and has been on the radar of BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks for the last year.

The Bulletproof Bomb: Five Green Bottles
They made a huge impression on our stage at Reading/Leeds Festival this summer and have also caught the attention of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.

Billie Marten: Ribbon
Another ridiculously talented BBC Introducing newcomer. She’s only 15 but has already drawn comparisons to Laura Marling and featured on the Radio 1 playlist.

Jack Garratt: Worry
He performed a special Maida Vale session as part of our BBC Introducing Day in September. He first uploaded his music to our site back in 2009!

Racing Glaciers: First Light
Another quality new indie band. They’ve been championed by BBC Introducing in Stoke and played our stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

AQUILO: You There
They were Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Tip of the Week back in March and another band to play our stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Rae Morris: Closer
She first played our Reading/Leeds stage back in 2011 and came back this summer to headline before hop-footing it to the Radio 1/NME stage to play with Bombay Bicycle Club.