Lilly Allen


This is Lily Allen and there's a good reason for that knowing wink as she's highly likely to be the next musician to follow the Artic Monkeys' template and turn a buzz on MySpace into much wider success.

The 20-year-old daughter of actor and sometime booze-hound Keith Allen, her voice is as effortless, sexy and enigmatic as Martina Topley-Bird, but her lyrics are as brutally honest and cutting as Lady Sovereign's. Check out Nan, You're A Window Shopper, where she lays into her grandmother for being a cheapskate who smells of cough drops and does her Christmas shopping in April. The sunny skank of LDN talks of pimps and crack-whores, and ingeniously rhymes Tesco with al-fresco. Backed with Knock 'Em Out, it's also set to be her first single proper for British label Regal, released 24 April 2006 with a 500 copy vinyl pressing.

If you can't get one, then you might just be able to get to her first gig. Starting on 4 May 2006, Lily's taking up a month-long Thursday night residency at yOyO at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Say you were there at the start.