The Last Dinner Party has won the BBC Sound of 2024, the award given by the British broadcaster to what it considers to be the breakthrough artist or group of the year. The London group competed for the distinction with Peggy Gou, Kenya Grace, Aya Starr, Caity Baser, CMAT, Elmeine, Olivia Dean, Sekou and Tyla.
The Last Dinner Party happens in the winners’ ranking of BBC Sound of a FLO, which took the title in 2023. Before, PinkPantheress in 2022, Pa Salieu in 2021 and Celeste in 2020 have also been recognized by the British network.
The BBC Sound list of winners is usually a very accurate map of the names from the United Kingdom that will succeed in the future. Among its past winners are Adele or Sam Smith, but it is not necessary to come out first in the classification to develop a successful career: neither Wet Leg, nor Frank Ocean, nor James Blake, nor Fred again won their respective editions.
The Last Dinner Party has been making noise since releasing their first official single ‘Nothing Matters’ in the spring of 2023. The quintet is currently signed to Island Records, and will release their official debut, ‘Prelude to Ecstasy’, on January 2 February.
In time to celebrate their victory in BBC Sound of, The Last Dinner Party has released a new single, ‘Caesar on a TV Screen’, a song that precisely speaks of success, specifically the search for recognition and admiration of the others, through the figure of one of the great superstars of the Roman Empire.
Accompanied by a video clip as dramatic and theatrical as the group usually does (just look at the cover of their debut album and its aesthetics in general), The Last Dinner Party delivers another of its pop-rock and country-tinged anthems. Does anyone remember Eisley? “Everyone will love me” is one of the phrases heard in the lyrics, while “for a second I can be one of the greats” seems like a premonition.