2016’s festival season has officially come to an end (sob) and it was jam packed with amazing performances. Many musical legends headlined some of the major UK and European festivals this year, but what about the smaller artists and groups that are not necessarily well known? Often the massively successful and more popular acts who perform on the main stages started their careers playing on the smaller stages of festivals, so who could be making it big in the future? Although some artists may be classed as up and comers in the mainstream music world, some have been making waves in their scenes for a while and are seen as the cream of the crop. Here’s some of our predictions for who we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future.
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This British indie-pop band have supported the likes of The Courteeners and have progressed from playing smaller festivals such as Tramlines in Sheffield, to the biggest in the UK at the likes of Reading, Leeds, and even the main stage at Glastonbury this year. These boys are one to watch!
After releasing their debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ and finishing up their biggest UK Tour to date, they managed to squeeze in a couple of festival performances such as Ibiza Rocks and Kendal Calling this summer. They also bagged headline spots at smaller, local festivals such as 110 Above. If you like anthemic indie-pop music these are your guys.
This Brighton-based, 80s-inspired indie-pop band have worked hard to get to where they are after forming in 2013 and playing a whopping 31 festivals in 2015. If you like Two Door Cinema Club you’ll love these guys, producing bouncy yet glossy pop tones with plenty of synthy riffs! They have spent this summer working on their debut album with non-other than The 1975 and Foals and have played some of the biggest festivals in the UK such as Reading, Leeds, and Bestival.
These rock ‘n’ rollers moved beyond their usual local gigs this year onto festivals such as Common People and the Isle of Wight Festival. With their upbeat, catchy, feel good tracks, they’re bound to get you bopping along.
Alternative-rock band Palace create rich and sultry sounds with a Jeff Buckley feel – the perfect festival vibe! These 4 close friends from school played the likes of Reading this summer and they did not disappoint!
This dark-pop singer/songwriter creates music with a fresh feel, taking influences from artists such as Bon Iver. He played at Latitude and Larmer Tree Festival this summer and will be joining Benjamin Francis Leftwich on his European tour in October.
This 26-year-old singer/songwriter/producer uses electronic techniques to create music with elements of surf rock and a clear influence of Hip-Hop and R&B. He has co-written with the likes of Emenike and Zara Larson and gave a hypnotic performance at Field Day Festival this summer.
20-year old Las Vegas born singer-songwriter Shamir holds a futuristic vibe, playing tracks from Funk, Techno, and Hip-Hop genres and has toured with the likes of Adele, The Prodigy and Vampire Weekend. He played some of Europe’s largest festivals this summer, including Øya Festival in Norway and Flow Festival in Finland.
It’s hard to believe that Soak is only 18 years old with magical, beautiful tones which will capture your heart. She has already been compared to the likes of Laura Marling and toured with George Ezra – definitely one to catch before she’s playing a main stage.
Camden born, 21-year-old MC Ocean Wisdom has made a name for himself by producing Hip-Hop music which has spread like wildfire across the internet. Touring with The Four Owls was just the beginning – Ocean has since supported the likes of Mike Skinner and played festivals such as Boom Bap and Boomtown Fair, moving onto Europe this summer for Paléo Festival in Nyon. He has recently signed to Hip-Hop label High Focus Records and is set to drop his debut album. Watch this space…
Previously part of indie band Late of the Pier, electronic musician Sam Dust now goes by the name of LA Priest. His disruptive pop tunes are funky, psychedelic, and so catchy that you just can’t shake them off!
Zimbabwe-born British singer-songwriter, formally known as Tinaché, has been described as ‘the man with an unforgettable voice’ and it isn’t hard to see why. Influenced by his Mother and Soul/Jazz musicians, Rationale’s music is meaningful with lyrics that cut to the core and sounds which stretch across multiple genres, particularly Hip Hop. Since releasing his debut EP ‘Fuel To The Fire’, he’s attracted the likes of Pharrell and Justin Timberlake and has played festivals such as Boardmasters, Reading, and Leeds this summer.
Real name Rory Graham, this British singer/songwriter started out as an MC. After working on his potential as a singer, he signed with Hip Hop label High Focus Records releasing tracks such as ‘Wolves’ which have been playlisted on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto BBC Radio 1’s ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist. He has created a prolific underground name for himself and played festivals such as Reading this summer.
SURVIVE are an experimental synth quartet from Texas who produce music which has been described as ‘an exercise in analog synth mastery’. Inspired by horror scores, much of their music has a dark, slightly eerie feel to it. Their most recognisable track to date is their soundtrack for the series Stranger Things. They are set to play at Day for Night Festival in Texas at the end of the year, which introduces music with new sensory experiences.
This group of ‘rap-scallions’ produce music which is definitely rap relatable, and plays homage to UK Rave culture, in particular grime/garage/DnB, but is nothing like we’ve heard before! As well as playing many local London gigs, Problem Child have played at festivals such as Boom Bap and we predict that they will move on to higher profile festivals in the future.
This London-born up-and-coming Grime artist has a lot to say on his tracks, recently releasing mixtape ‘Gangster with Banter’ and appearing on Sneakbo’s track ‘Right Now’. He has appeared on Capital Xtra with Tim Westwood and played at this year’s Great Escape Festival alongside the likes of Grime royalty Stormzy.
Originally from Grime group ‘The Square’, Elf Kid decided to go solo as an MC and is best known for his grime remix of Jamie XX’s ‘Gosh’ and latest track ‘Golden Boy’. His career in Grime peaked this summer when he played at Wireless Festival in London and we are sure this is the start of good things to come.
19-year-old Jordan Cardy from Chemlsford puts an interesting Essex twist on Hip Hop. He recently toured with The 1975 and played Reading and Leeds Festival this summer – not a bad year for a 19-year-old! We expect to see a lot more from Rat Boy in the future, look out for his EP launch later this month.
This 24-year old multi-instrumentalist stormed into 2016 already quite well known after supporting Ben Howard and Mumford and Sons in 2015. 2016 has seen Jack smash a US tour and perform at multiple high-profile festivals this summer such as Reading and Leeds. We predict that you’ll be hearing a lot about this super talented guy in the future.
At just 22-years-old, this singer/songwriter has an incredibly smooth, bluesy sound and his music is simple, honest and emotional. He has been compared to artists such as James Bay and George Ezra and spent the summer touring the US and playing festivals such at Festival No. 6. Lawrence will be back in the UK in Autumn to support Birdy – we hope he follows in her footsteps of success!
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