Introducing, in no particular order, our top 10 "ones to watch"
in arts and entertainment...
1. Azealia Banks (pictured)
The firecracker behind the now ubiquitous 212 is doing the UK
festival circuit this summer. See her justify the hype with quick
rhymes and even quicker costume changes.
Canada's pink haired purveyor of star-gazy melodies and soaring
falsetto has quickly become a blogger's darling.
3. Jessie Ware
South London's Ware brought serious soul to SBTRKT's debut last
year and hits it just as hard when she's standing on her own two,
her latest release is the gorgeous 110%.
4. Syd tha Kyd
Odd Future's 'brains behind the beats' and only female member
has formed a splinter group of her own dubbed The Internet. Her
anaesthetised vocals and droning beats (not to mention her
gayness!) makes us want to keep an eye on this one.
5. Saoirse Ronan
Since screen stealing from Keira Knightly in Atonement Ronan has
become a major contender in her own right. Her title role in 2011's
Hanna was startling. See her later this year alongside Gemma
Arterton in Byzantium … yet another vampire movie.
6. Natasha O' Keefe
Lip Service's very own Sadie is set to appear in Filth, a new
adaptation of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh's novel. The
film stars Jamie Bell, James McAvoy and Eddie Marsden as well as
Emun Elliot (Jay from Lip Service).
7. Elizabeth Debicki
Debicki wowed Baz Lurhman so much with her show reel that he
flew her to LA to audition for him and later offered her the part
of Jordan Baker in his adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Impressive
8. Helene Hegemann
At only 20 Hegemann is already an ambassador for Berlin's
counter culture. Her first novel, the form bending and chemically
enhanced Axolotl Roadkill is published in an English translation by
Constable & Robinson later this month.
9. Valeria Luiselli
This Mexican-born writer's astonishingly good debut novel Faces
in the Crowd is published this summer by Granta. Weaving through
time and place it explores the search to belong and the burden of
10. Gabriella Boyd
Already christened a new YBA (Young British Artist). London born
painter Boyd studied at Glasgow School of Art and was a finalist in
the Saatchi New Sensations Prize last year. Her work foregrounds
the human body and plays with invented landscapes and muted
AZAELIA BANKS PICTURE CREDIT: Matt Barnes