Local band win national music award

Floodliners, from South East London, have now been announced as the overall winner of the Next Brit Thing songwriting award.

Floodliners, from South East London, have now been announced as the overall winner of the Next Brit Thing songwriting award, sponsored by PRS for Music, from over 1,000 entries. The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music specifically wanted to recognise entrants to the Next Brit Thing who have submitted an original pop song or classical work as their entry.  Over a thousand Next Brit Things entries were original compositions underpinning the vast creative young creative talent across the UK.

A judging panel consisting of Simon Darlow - top songwriter and musical director, Ellis Rich OBE - music publishing guru, and former Chairman of PRS for Music and British film composer Julian Nott - best known for his work in the Wallace and Gromit films, selected seven entrants to be commended.


All we want to do is play and write our own music- what more is there!! We also want to say a big thank you to the NBT and PRS for Music for giving us the stage to shine. 


Nominee shortlist (in no particular order)





Chloe Wilders

You Don't Know Me


Northern Ireland

Katherine Priddy


Folk, Indie


Jessica Hammond

Thinking Of You


Northern Ireland

White PsychicOs

Ever After


North England



Hip Hop, Pop, Punk

South England

The Off Beat

Don't Make Me Call

Folk, Indie


Stevie-Jo Dooley


Jazz, Pop

South England

They have won a day’s studio session with a top music producer in Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch - part of the world famous AIR Studios Group. The AIR Studios Group is the recording home for many of today's top artists including Coldplay, Muse, George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & the Machine, Patrick Wolf, Placebo and Pixie Lott. 

To listen to the shortlist visit

Next BRIT Thing

Next BRIT Thing is supported by Government (through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Education (DfE)), the devolved administrations and the music labels trade body the BPI.

The competition is delivered by a partnership of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Radiowaves, NUMU and Musical Futures, with support from the BRIT Trust, PRS for Music, the Official Charts Company and the Music Industry Association with media support from Metro newspapers and Global Radio.

The competition is open to UK residents between the ages of 11 and 19 years.  More details about specific competition entry requirements will be available when the competition fully opens in September.

All entries must be uploaded on the Next BRIT Thing website, winners will be chosen through online charts, voting and judging panels at live performances.  Entries can be uploaded from September 2011 and anyone can register now to receive information and updates at

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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