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There were audible gasps around the room when The Big Moon made this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist and the subsequent attention has seen their profile rocket. They’re playing Middlesbrough in September.

Just to clarify: there was no room, and there were no gasps, audible or otherwise; but, hey, when you come up with one of the year’s best indie-pop albums then you’re going to get yourself noticed. And – make no mistake! – The Big Moon’s Love in the 4th Dimension is the great indie hope on this year’s list. It’s got a gum-snapping insouciance that calls to mind Elastica at their just-starting-out best, and they’ve also got the oomph of someone like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Another favourite band of yore that I keep coming back to are The Long Blondes – an underappreciated but much cherished outfit from Sheffield – and The Big Moon definitely have some of their new wave snap that I can’t wait to see translated to the live arena. Luckily for me The Big Moon are currently on their biggest headline tour to date and will be dropping anchor in Middlesbrough for one night only in September. See you betwixt the front of the stage and the bar.

The Big Moon, Thursday 28 September, The Westgarth Social Club, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, 7.30pm, £10. Seetickets.com