The wait is over. Time Out’s writers and editors have named their 20 most influential figures of 2011. Ranging from the creative to the most innovative, these people made a significant difference to London in the past 12 months.
‘Not only is she the nicest person in dance music, Mary Anne Hobbs has also succeeded in her mission to bring underground electronic music to prime-time radio with her double drop onto Xfm. Having joined the alternative station following her departure from Radio 1 a year ago, she presents two shows – one during the week and one on Saturday evening – filled with the kind of music that previously you would only have heard on Rinse FM. For young producers, it’s a chance to get mainstream radio airplay, which until now would have been a distant dream. For listeners, it’s an opportunity to keep abreast of electronic trends from one of the scene’s most respected curators. It was an honour to have her headline our Time Out Live Nite Sessions club night in November after she played to some 15,000 people at Sonar festival in Barcelona.‘ Kate Hutchinson, Clubbing editor
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