Things might be looking a bit bleak on the high street for HMV, but that’s not denting their enthusiasm for supporting new music one bit, if The Next Big Thing is anything to go by.

It’s a short season of gigs at HMV venues up and down the UK, showcasing the best new acts. These are the names and faces that will be adorning the glossy covers of music media in the near future and this is a chance to see them up close and personal before they start filling stadiums all over the world. It could be the only chance you get to see them for a tenner too.

We hope it’s initiatives like this that will keep HMV going long after the season ends, but with the recession biting and online competition stiffening, it’s not going to be easy. We wish them luck.

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