Sound Bites with Ally McCrae

All geared up for a summer of incredible music? Radio 1’s Ally McCrae’s got the lowdown on the best new music for you to check out this season…



It’s my job to find bands and artists from all round the UK to put on my BBC Radio 1 show and reflect bands that are kicking off in the UK, hoping that important people will hear them (like Zane Lowe, Annie Mac or industry bigwigs) and therefore promoting the music I love. So here’s three tips for you to check out and fall in love with them before they are megastars. (I’ve included Twitter links – tell them Ally sent you!)

Prides – Your actual new favourite band

A brand new band from Glasogw who mix really polished, shiny, summery synth-pop music with heart-breaking raw, guitar music – the perfect combination. Think MGMT, Arcade Fire and Passion Pit and you’re there. These guys are writing proper massive anthems that you will surely be hearing for years to come.

Be their friends before everyone else is – @Pridesband

The LaFontaines – Scottish rap/rock pop stars in waiting

These five guys from Motherwell create chaos and a party wherever they go. They’ve played shows with Example, toured with Twin Atlantic and have even done a show at the Falkirk Wheel! With their huge guitar riffs to bounce along to and choruses to scream along with, the LaFontaines’ live show is something to behold, which 600 sweating kids did last month at their massive, sold out show at Glasgow’s Classic Grand, where they all turned up in suits. Standard.

Ask where the ‘Font party is – @TheLaFontaines 

Lidh – Mesmerising vocals, perfect for late night radio

When I played her new single a couple of weeks ago on my show the reaction on Twitter was an over-riding: “WHO IS THIS?” Which is exactly what I want! Listeners were obviously struck with the same sense of wonder that I got when I first found her music. Anster-based Lidh’s new EP shows off her fragile, endearing and dreamy vocals while being pop-y enough to appeal to fans of Lucy Rose or Nina Nesbitt.

Check her out on Twitter – @eilidhrose

One-line reviews

Who wants boring, lengthy reviews? I’ve come over all Twitter-friendly with all you need to know about the coolest live acts out there…

1) Disclosure (@Disclosure)

English electronic duo who I caught playing their first show in America earlier this year. Uber cool, uber catchy.


2) Indiana (@Indianathegirl)

Astounding vocalist from Nottingham, destined for big things. Which is good, because the last time I saw her she wasn’t wearing any shoes.


3) Baby Godzilla (@BABY_GODZILLA)

Break-neck punk rock from this four-piece with an awesome name and even better tunes. Been out on tour with Enter Shakari recently.


4) Cut Ribbons (@cutribbons)

Party-loving, female-fronted indie rock from Wales, they’ve just released a new single which is well worth your ears.


5) Lioness (@Lionessofficial)

She is tiny in stature but this emcee has the most terrifyingly powerful and skilled bars in UK urban music right now. Watch her roar.


Catch Ally and Jen Long with the best in new UK music live on the radio every Sunday into Monday on BBC Radio 1, 12-2am, with BBC Introducing.

Check out Ally’s new music video channel at, and follow him on Twitter at @allymccrae.

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