We’ve all been there before, you haven’t updated your music library in a while and you have a craving for new music which just isn’t being satisfied. Where do you turn? Where is the best place to find new and exciting music to share with your friends? You can start by checking out our Ultimate Guide to UK Music Blogs blog
Every year festival season rolls around and music royalty takes to the stage to excite the masses. Everyone knows who the headline acts are but what about the smaller groups? The up and coming artists who play in the far flung corners on far smaller stages? For an act to play at a music festival this summer, it means they must have impressed the right people and be moving in the right circles. Often acts will play on the smaller stages of festivals like Glastonbury a number of years before they become big in the public eye. When visiting a festival this year, why not stray from a popular artist in search of some new music – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Another festival that is definitely worth taking a look at which often puts artists in the spotlight before they become huge is Field Day. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of acts that are both established and on the up.
Most people think only the most popular songs are played on the radio, though this is not always the case. Stations like BBC Radio 1 are dedicated to bringing you new music and offering yet unproven artists a shot at the limelight. Be sure to check out the BBC Introducing feature which allows acts to submit their music. If it is good enough then it will be played on local stations and if it receives a positive reaction it can be found on the national playlist. Spin off stations like BBC Radio 1 Xtra are always worth taking a look at if you like a specific, edgier genre of music.
This can be a tricky one as many music blogs either concern mainstream music or are written by individuals. When a blog is written by an individual person, you are relying on their authority on the subject as well as their own specific taste in music, so we recommend you read around a bit to find a blog that falls in line with your preferences. We’re big fans of the music blog When the Gramophone Rings which regularly introduces us to new and exciting groups.
If you’re on the lookout for new music, it’s worthwhile keeping your eyes on who is playing at your local pub or club. There’s no feeling quite like visiting a pub to find an act you admire, become a fan of and then watch as others soon begin to realise their talent. Small venues for music are rapidly on the decline so be sure to show your support for any local to you.
There have been many famous musicians that started out busking. If you find yourself walking down the street, surprisingly enthused by a busker, go and ask for their details. These are musicians who are proactively pursuing their career in music and will no doubt have some work online they would be eager for you to hear.
Twitter is an excellent platform for new artists to share their work and actively seek new audiences. Search your local area, find out who is getting spoken about and give their music a listen. You could lose hours upon hours scouring new bands on social media. Don’t be afraid of searching hashtags too, this is a great way of finding new and exciting artists. Try searching #NewMusicFriday or #SongOfTheDay to see who’s being talked about.
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