1. Black Honey
One of 2015’s hottest new bands, Black Honey are on an unstoppable mission to become bigger than Wolf Alice, and they’re a darn sight better musically at that. Displaying tracks that are both catchy and dynamic, they employ indie rock with a more grungy edge. Hailing from Brighton, they have been relentlessly touring for the past year, and are currently in the process of writing more material. Watch out for the debut later this year!
BEST SONG: ‘Corrine’
Joining Black Honey at Y Not Festival and Reading & Leeds were VANT, named after the lead singer Mattie’s surname. Another one of those up-and-coming grunge rock bands, they’re the new boys on the block and are set to have a massive year. Now in the studio, they’ve been impressing people all over the UK, and have released announced their first European dates as well. Make sure you check them out before everyone’s raving about them!
BEST SONG: ‘Parking Lot’
3. RAT BOY
One lad that’s been dominating the inside pages of NME recently is Rat Boy, who’s been tearing up a storm recently. He’s just released ‘Move’, easily his best song so far, although the others are definitely worthy of appreciation. With a Jamie T-esque swagger and a penchant for wild shows, he’s supported band after band and is going out on his own tour over the next couple of months.
BEST SONG: ‘Move’
4. The Big Moon
Emotional lo-fi pop is exactly what these guys know and love, and along with Rat Boy they’ve been opening for every headlining band under the sun on their London dates. The Vaccines gave them critical acclaim when they played Brixton Academy not long ago. Since then they’ve been hidden away in the studio on the back of their hype, and when they return they look set to be propelled higher up the musical ladder.
BEST SONG: ‘Sucker’
5. Beach Baby
With the release ‘No Mind No Money’, Beach Baby suddenly found themselves being asked to play in venues all over the capital. At Old Blue Last the other week they really showed the hundred strong London crowd what they were capable of, and showed off new track ‘Limousine’ in the process. It sounded glorious, and it would be no surprise if they were booked for a load of festivals soon.
BEST SONG: ‘No Mind No Money’
6. Fickle Friends
Tropical vibes and springy guitars aplenty, Fickle Friends are going to be one of THE hype bands of 2016 without a doubt. They’re at the beginnings of the hype at the moment, so give it a few months and they’ll be the name on everyone’s lips. A pop band that sound quite a lot similar to The 1975’s new direction, they’re sure to be a success this year.
BEST SONG: ‘S W I M’
7. Spring King
Energised and dangerous, Spring King are on the verge of hitting the big time. With an NME Awards Show coming up and a tour that’s pretty much crippling everyone from the crazy shows, this is one artist that is sure to be booked at a festival near you. By this time next year, they’ll be selling out the O2 Academies and the Empires, so get in there before your pals.
BEST SONG: ‘Who Are You?’
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