If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that whenever things are looking down, music is there to lift us right back up again. It’s been a tough 12 months for the music industry, but that hasn’t stopped young British musicians from releasing new EP’s and albums, and performing on livestreams across bedrooms, studios and empty venues.
So, let’s look to the future. A bright future, filled with diverse and exciting talent and the prospect of stumbling across your new favourite band, in your old favourite music venue. With a little help from our community, we’ve rounded up our list of the UK’s hottest up-and-comers to keep an eye out for this year.
From pin-sharp London rapper R.A.E. and post-punk lyricist Billy Nomates, to Psych Collective Mandrake Handshake and our very own music grant winner aden. Spanning musical genres, these are the ones to watch for 2021.