The Best Of NME Breakthrough This Week

NME launched its search for the best unsigned band in the UK this week. The winning act will play onstage at Club NME KOKO in London, get a page feature in NME’s Radar section and come into NME HQ to get an EPK made for them. To enter you will need to sign your band up to NME Breakthrough Supported By BlackBerry by August 16 – our team of writers and experts will be sifting through every profile over the next four weeks. After that we’ll announce our shortlist which will go up for the public vote.

Club NME

Plus we kicked off the first of our weekly competitions for fans to win BlackBerrys and Club NME KOKO tickets for themselves and their friends so keep checking back for more chances to win.


NME New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson has been picking a band each day as his favourite on Breakthrough. Check out his blogs here to read about Beat The Radar, Moon Visionaries and more.

We gave you the 5 NME Breakthrough Tracks You Have To Hear This Week with the likes of Cabin Fever and Ice Black Birds on the list. Plus check out NME Breakthrough Video – Introducing The Neat, Real Estate and Funeral Party.

Cabin Fever

The debate is still raging in the NME Breakthrough Forum about what the best album of the past year is and whether the right records are on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. Let us know what you think here.

To add NME Breakthrough as a contact on your BBM and get updates on the latest new music and Breakthrough stories – access your BlackBerry Messenger folder, click invite contact, type the PIN: 2219C9BD, click send and wait for NME to confirm you as a contact. It’s that simple.


NME Breakthrough Supported By BlackBerry is the new online community from NME, offering artists and fans a unique chance to interact. We’re offering a slew of opportunities to our favourite selected artists, including magazine and online features.

So check it out and enjoy!
The NME Breakthrough Team