The Irish Indie-electro-pop three-piece formed in 2007, when founding members Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday met at Bangor Grammar school and subsequently teamed up with Kevin Baird. Characterised by the band's short, sharp songs with punky overtones and indie sensibilities, the County Down boys achieved a UK no.1 album in 2012 with their 2nd release 'Beacon' on French independent label Kitsuné. Their success led them to signing with Parlophone for their 2016 3rd album 'Gameshow'. Their 4th release; 'False Alarm', follows in June 2019.
Manchester's Courteeners both look and sound as though they've come straight out of another time and place, and yet, somehow, are bang up to date. Think Babyshambles meets The Smiths and you'll be somewhere close to their gritty, electrifying sound. 'NME strongly advises that you do put your life in the hands of this rock 'n' roll band'.
Chic are an American disco and R&B band that were founded in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group, still fronted by Rodgers, are best known for hit songs including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I Want Your Love, Good Times - the latter of which provided the bedrock of The Sugarhill Gang's A Rapper's Delight, the first multiple-platinum Hip Hop single. The group regard themselves as a rock band for the disco movement 'that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom'. In October 2012, Chic were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the seventh time.
Nile Rodgers, whose 1958 Fender Stratocaster has played on an estimated $2bn worth of hit music, also has numerous producer credits to his name - including Let's Dance, David Bowie's biggest-selling album, and Madonna's blockbuster album Like a Virgin, plus records by Sister Sledge, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. In March 2013, Rodgers was profiled in the highly rated BBC4 documentary special, Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker.
Despite the much-publicised trials and tribulations they've gone through, James, Sean and Nicky remain the Kings of the Welsh music scene. Highly ideological, extremely patriotic and outrageously popular, having produced classic indie/rock cross-overs such as 'A Design For Life', 'You Love Us' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'. Music with a message from a trio who've earnt the right to sing it.
One of the most celebrated and influential guitarists in the history of contemporary music, the legendary guitarist from The Smiths has been an inspiration for legions of string-pluckers ever since the '80s.
He was co-songwriter and guitarist of The Smiths. He has also been a member of Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as a prolific session musician and now also plays solo shows.
Rag'N'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) has a holler like hot buttered rum. Loaded with disparate and cross generational influences, the sound of Rag'N'Bone Man is both hugely idiosyncratic and massively moving. He combines a purity of spirit with his unique brand of acoustic hip-hop soul into a force which is entirely his own. He is the real deal.
Annie Mac is far more than just a Radio 1 DJ, she's a global ambassador for dance music in all its forms, from deep house and techno to bass music and drum and bass. Besides heading her prime time radio show, she also DJs across the world and champions new music in the form of her annual 'Annie Mac Presents' compilations. She even runs her own festival in Malta, Lost & Found.
Former members of dance hit makers Sub Sub (best known for their no.3 hit 'Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use), who as Doves became purveyors of indie-rock anthems like 'Pounding' and top ten singles 'There Goes The Fear' and 'Black And White Town'. Their mellow guitar-driven indie sounds with irresistable chord arrangements sometimes give way to playful dance undercurrents. After a lengthy hiatus, the band announced in December 2018 they were back.
Originally signed to the influential Manchester label Factory Records, the Happy Mondays formed in 1980 with a sound that owed as much to northern soul and funk as it did rock and psychedelia. It was, however, the influence of the house music records beaming in from Chicago that had the most profound effect on the band.
In 1990 they released the 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' album which collided with the acid house and rave movement that had swept the UK, firmly putting The Happy Mondays on the map as one of the most inspiring bands to come out of England in the early 1990s. And 30 years on from their debut album 'Squirrel And G-Man....', Shaun, Bez and the gang continue to be 24 hour party people.
Fusing indie rock melody and attitude with dance rhythm, Reverend And The Makers is the brainchild of Sheffield musician Jon McClure, who recorded the original RATM demos with members of the Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket. The group uses a combination of indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound.
The singer of Liverpool band The Rascals, Miles Kane also co-fronts The Last Shadow Puppets alongside the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. As a solo artist, Miles has built up a head of steam on the live circuit, proving to be one of the most exciting young talents in the country.
An electrifying four piece, indie rock band from Liverpool who are reminiscent of The Strokes and The Vaccines.
"An exercise in boyish exuberance brimming with 00s-inspired riffs. The band have their gaze firmly set on being future festival headliners, stacked with massive alt-rock tracks. It’s loud and swaggering, the defiance of youth compressed into song format" - DIY Mag
Lewis Capaldi grew up in the small town of Bathgate, outside of Glasgow. He picked up the guitar at aged 9 and started writing songs shortly after. By the age of just 12, he began sneaking into pubs around Glasgow, honing his craft playing impromptu sets anywhere he could find an audience. 2019 saw the release of his long-awaited debut album 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent'.
Funk / Punk / Indie / Soul five-piece from South London. Bursting at the seams with punk energy, with the patter of the Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith, and the underground spirit of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, combined with the frenzy, rage and exasperation of their youth. Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard, Slaves and more.
Best known as the bassist from Joy Division and New Order. Peter decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear past Joy Division albums performed live and in their entirety. Backed by his band The Light, Hooky first played 'Unknown Pleasures' at the Factory club in Manchester in 2010, and has continued to tour the back catalogue ever since.
The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their attitude-laden debut 'No Love Lost'. Making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones, the London four-piece cite influences as far reaching as The Smiths and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. Sharp vocals, quick-witted songs, rolling guitars and a crucial hint of ska coming from their tighter than tight rhythm section make The Rifles the perfect London soundtrack.
After 19 years away, Britpop band Sleeper announced their return in 2017. Fronted by singer-turned-novelist Louise Wener, the band had eight UK top 40 singles between '93-'97 including the breakthrough hit 'Inbetweener', accompanied by the classic supermarket promo video starring Dale Winton, and two top 10 singles with 'Sale Of The Century' and 'Nice Guy Eddie'.
They also covered Blondie's 'Atomic' for the original Trainspotting film. As T2 hit cinema screens in 2017, Louise thought 'what do I do now?' and decided to reform the band.
Fronted by the ambitious Henry Camamile, Sea Girls are a London-based four-piece (originally hailing from Kent and Leicestershire), who deliver simple storytelling songs and arena-ready anthems. The band play tightly honed tunes, with their fans chanting back every single word.
"Sea Girls are poised to become one of the biggest breakout indie bands. With sell-out shows up and down the nation and bangers-a-plenty coming, their path to becoming British indie stars is very much on the cards" - NME
Livepool Indie/Alternative four-piece Clean Cut Kid deliver infectious ear-worm indie-pop melodies with autobiographical lyircs, once described as “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water”. Their influences range from the current sounds of Arcade Fire and St. Vincent to legends like Bowie and Talking Heads.
"One listen and you're sucked into a world of dirty melodies, infectious harmony hooks, glistening choral swells and reference points including US lo-fi pop and Fleetwood Mac. The latter of which is rather apt, given two of the band, Mike and Evelyn are married" - Liverpool Echo.
Hailing from various parts of the UK, ramshackle Indie six-piece Sports Team met whilst studying at Cambridge. They’re now based in Harlesden (west London), tucked 'between the McVities biscuit factory and an evangelical church'.
Channeling a lyrical cynicism that touches on young-professionals and provincial clichés, with influences ranging from indie pioneers Pavement, through to 90s post punk also-rans The Family Cat, Sports Team have cut through the ranks of London’s live scene and become one of the country’s most exciting and important discoveries.
"Sounds like the middle ground of hip-hop, indie and slacker-rock for fans of Jamie T and Beastie Boys" - NME
The members of Leicester 5-piece Easy Life have a shared love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Punk, creating a musical melting pot of genres with laid-back smooth grooves, all delivered effortlessly by front man Murray.
Indie-rock three-piece from Limerick, Ireland, now based in London. They met and formed when bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground. Their musical heroes also include Patti Smith and The Cure. whenyoung are led by female vocalist Aoife Power, whose dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle between swigs of Guinness and infectious guitar riffs. Aoife mesmerises on stage, and critics have compared her to "Suzi Quatro in her heyday".
London Indie four-piece formed by singer Catrin Vincent joined by Max (drums), Naomi (bass) and Jack (guitar) while they were studying music together at Goldsmiths University. Their sound draws in influences from Radiohead, London Grammar and Four Tet to Coldplay and Talk Talk.
"Llike Radiohead after five cans of fizzy pop. Rustic acoustic guitar meets inventive percussion and a brilliantly left-of-centre vocal, melting the past and the future together like alt-J at their best" - DIY Magazine.
London residing solo indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Chesterfield. He composed his debut single as part of an A Level music course, for which he was graded a U. Grades sometimes mean nothing though, and ‘Trampoline’ went on to amass over 300,000 streams on Spotify!
'Sparkling Indie Pop at its finest' - The Indiependant
DIY praised female fronted, 4 piece, alt rock / indie pop band, BLOXX are known to fuse grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique, yet comfortably familiar sound which is most evident within their live shows.
Supported by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and given a spin by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6, Oddity Road defy their young age to deliver heavy riffs and tight infectious songs influenced by bands such as Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters and The Killers.
These hard working young lads from Sheffield have gigged relentlessly up and down the U.K. and supported numerous bands, including mates The Sherlocks.
With wider critical acclaim further cementing their assured confidence this unsigned band are destined for bigger things.
An indie rock band from South Yorkshire. Their continuous rise has to be down to their use of witty lyrics, stage presence and ability to harness the powers of social media; with Bruce Jones (commonly known for playing Les Battersby in Coronation Street) appearing in one of their music videos.
"Busting with the working man grit and the no bulls**t ideals that we all fell in love with when the Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene" - Gig Addict
A four piece indie band from Sheffield. 'For such a young band, they have a real talent for zealous, well executed songcraft and their live shows are just as articulated and impressive' - Fiction Is Not Imagination
An soulful indie-blues singer-songwriter from Bedford, Tom studied acting at university, had a brief job at Costa Coffee then trained to be a professional footballer. This was all about to change, however, when his vocal talents were first discovered at a party while singing a cover of 'Seaside' by The Kooks after a few drinks too many.
He then went on to become guest vocalist on Chase & Status's track 'When It All Goes Wrong' and his success story continues. Pretty soon Elton John was ringing him up to tell him how much he liked his music.
Hailing from the Peak District, Drenge are brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless who peddle a fine line in punked up blues-rock mayhem.
"Drenge are a formidable, exciting live band, whose eruption of garage, grunge and space rock combines with Eoin’s Damned/Misfits-style crooning to turn the jam-packed audience into a heaving mass in minutes" - The Guardian.
Sunderland-based playing guitar-led post punk in the style of Wire with a twist of XTC. There's four of them in the band and they all sing; not harmony or unison - but all different tunes at once that somehow intertwine. Punk opera, perhaps?
After a hiatus following their 2012 a cappella album 'Rant', the boys announced their return in 2019 with new material along with a promise of playing their classics including 'Decent Days And Nights' and their UK top 10 cover of Kate Bush's 'Hounds Of Love'.
Jade Bird is fast becoming one of the most exciting new British voices. With her debut release the ‘Something American’ EP and 2018’s follow-up breakthrough single ‘Lottery’, Jade has won the hearts of people across the globe. She has already performed on ‘Later’ with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at SXSW she won the Grulke Prize for upcoming talent, following her win of the ANCHOR Prize at the Reeperbahn festival in 2017.
Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British female, Jade’s music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.
With her highly resonant voice and R&B-influenced style, Becky Hill first came to the public's attention competing on series one of The Voice UK. Ultimately reaching the show's semifinal round, Hill emerged a fan favorite and became the first Voice UK contestant to score a number one single when Gecko (Overdrive), her collaboration with Dutch EDM star Oliver Heldens, topped the UK singles chart in June 2014.
The Japanese House is the solo project of Londoner Amber Bain. Crafting a mix of lush dream pop and brooding electronica, the Buckinghamshire native worked under a handful of different monikers before using the Japanese House name in 2015. The name was inspired by a childhood trip to Devon, where she posed as a boy for a week, earning the affection of a neighborhood girl who was later heartbroken to learn Bain's true identity.
'The music is a dreamlike display of both careful restraint and free-flowing creativity. Bain experiments with seemingly incongruent tapestries of sound, the earthy and the metal, the muted pastels and radiant neons, the futuristic and the familiar, to create something that’s neither purely cerebral nor of the heart.'
Lo-fi lyrical journeys through a glacial lullaby-blues, She Drew the Gun is an artist getting used to being compared to those in the literary world as much as those in the music world. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey.
Jaws are an indie rock band formed in Birmingham in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene. Their sound definitely draws influences from the Shoegaze scene with hints of 90's alt-rock and grunge found on labels like Sub Pop.
"Seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period" - The Sphinx.co.uk
Four-piece Marsicans from Leeds play upbeat indie meets dirty pop. Their driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. The guys take their influences from the Beach Boys, Bombay Bicycle Club to Paul Simon.
"The Leeds quartet have refined a sound that infuses Britpop with a little Vampire Weekend-style globalism." - Entertainment Weekly (USA)
BlackWaters are a loud and raucous young Indie-punk four-piece from Guildford, capturing the essence of disaffected youth and politics (their debut single 'So Far Out' was written about the Brexit vote). They are influenced by current bands like Fidlar and Palma Violets to the classic punk of The Clash and Ramones.
Formed at the start of 2014, October Drift may be a little known and mysterious project at the moment, but they wear their heart on their musical sleeves. They’ve been digesting a stock of Smashing Pumpkins, The National and My Bloody Valentine records, constantly rehearsing and playing under the radar shows – which have gained them a word of mouth popularity. Continuing to shun social media, appearing clandestine behind ambiguous placards with mysterious balaclava-clad characters appearing through the cities they play, the band continue to communicate with their fans purely one-on-one.
Man & The Echo are Gaz, Fush, Joey and Chris. Formed in Warrington in 2014.
"Tight, lean arrangements, and a lyricist from a tradition that spans Jarvis Cocker, Paul Heaton, Billy Bragg and Alex Turner. Resolutely northern, there's no whiff of the all-pervasive public school privilege here. Man & The Echo write fantastic, immediate songs with that rarest of things in modern music: An opinion."