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Thursday 25 December 2014

Maguire on Next Big Thing bill

Clare Maguire will headline the Next Big Thing festival
Clare Maguire will headline the Next Big Thing festival

Hotly-tipped acts Clare Maguire, Dutch Uncles and Lauren Pritchard will headline HMV's Next Big Thing festival, it has been announced.

They are among more than 100 performers to appear at the festival, dedicated to artists who are expected to make it big in 2011, which takes place in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh over a ten-day period.

The festival launched last year with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Professor Green, Eliza Doolittle and Paloma Faith featuring on the bill.

This year's shows will take place at eight venues with up to three acts performing each night in an effort to introduce the artists to a new audience.

There will also be nights hosted by influential record labels such as Mute, Deconstruction and Transgressive.

Last year the event was confined to London but will this year also head to Birmingham's HMV Institute and at the HMV Picturehouse in Edinburgh. There will also be a Next Big Thing stage at Brighton's Great Escape festival in May.

Other performers at the shows from January 4 to 13 include Baltic Fleet, Josh Weller and Little Dragon.

Jason Legg of HMV said: "Predicting which new acts will breakthrough as we approach each new year has become a bit of a national pastime, so we're really pleased to be giving fans an early opportunity to see some of these fresh new faces that they will have heard so much about."

More details about the shows are at www.hmvnextbigthing.com.

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