Spotlight: Best Newcomer of 2007?

Every day for the next few weeks we'll be profiling a category from the UK Festival Awards, taking you through some of the nominations and generally explaining what each particular award is all about...

Best Newcomer

This year the festival circuit has been flooded with as much fresh talent as it has rain.  Fortunately the quality of the emerging acts has made the flooded fields well worth it.

Newcomers have emerged across all genres, bringing with them new sounds and fresh ideas and making themselves household names in the process.  Festivals have played a big part in their rise, so this award celebrates the new acts who have shone under the glare of thousands of discerning undecideds shivering in fields.

Now is your chance to give these acts the recognition they deserve by choosing who you think has established the most accomplished live performances in the past year.  Here are your choices:

Cold War Kids
Jack Penate
Kate Nash
Mr Hudson and the Library
Pigeon Detectives
Reverend and the Makers
Scouting For Girls
The Enemy
The Maccabees
The Twang

This year’s line-up has a number of strong contenders from the indie-pop faction including NME darlings Kate Nash and Jack Penate whose live reputations almost certainly helped them both reach the top ten.

Then there are Scouting For Girls who were virtually unknown as the festival season kicked in but strong showings at the Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Glastonbury has put them in contention for this award.

The gong could be going overseas; either to Brazilian pop dirtbags CSS, or to the cleverly intricate haphazard sounds of Californian quartet Cold War Kids, both of whom gained faithful followings every time they appeared onstage.

But we can’t forget the two contingents from the Midlands, who are possibly the best music exports to leave the Black Country since The Specials.  Loud-mouthed DJ bashers The Enemy could walk away with the award but not if bolshy, baggy Brummies The Twang have anything to do with it.

Pigeon Detectives’ are on the trail to be named best newcomer after the Yorkshire boys’ energetic live performances this season, but Alex Turner’s roomy and his band Reverend And The Makers could take the booty with their infectious indie-funk sound.

Art-rockers The Maccabees are also hot contenders with their raucously enigmatic festival shows, but for those who like it a little louder, and slightly more anarchic, Gallows could be the band to vote for.  But shh! Mr Hudson and the Library are definitely in the running after their record-breaking six shows at Glastonbury.

Who do you think rates as the best newcomer this season? Vote HERE.