Best of the year 2010: music in London
Check out the Time Out music team's picks for the sound of 2010, with everything from Pavement to Rinse FM during a year in which Justin Bieber faced off against the rise and rise of dubstep
Against stiff competition from Justin Bieber-Fever and various 'X-Factor' alumni, homegrown grime-pop took over the charts, making stars of Tinie, Tinchy and even little N-Dubzy. Meanwhile, dubstep continued its ascent from the underground to mainstream acceptance – next stop, remixing the 'Go Compare' ads. Carlos D left Interpol. Robbie rejoined Take That. Every defunct band in non-existence continued to reform, to varying degrees of interest between say, Pulp or Cast.