GOING to gigs and concerts will definitely be back on the agenda in 2021.
And there’s nothing quite like discovering a new artist. JACQUI SWIFT picks SFTW’s top ten tips for 2021 – who are all set to be huge hits.
1. Baby Queen
SINCE her debut EP was released in November there’s been a buzz around the South African-born, London-based multi- instrumentalist and singer Bella Latham.
She adopted the name Baby Queen after moving to London as a teenager and being inspired to write about the life of Instagram influencers and fashion parties she found herself in.
She’s been likened to a cross between Matty Healy and Charli XCX, and electro-pop tracks like Internet Religion and Buzzkill show off her honest and straight-talking lyrics.
2. The Snuts
THE West Lothian four-piece scored a top 15 album chart position with their Mixtape EP.
The band, fronted by Jack Cochrane on vocals and guitar, met at school and are Joe McGillveray (guitar), Callum Wilson (bass) and Jordan “Joko” Mackay (drums).
They cite Primal Scream, Arctic Monkeys and The View as inspirations and have already supported The Libertines and pal Lewis Capaldi on tour.
Expect big things when their debut album WL is released in March.
They also sold out Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands venue in June.
3. Lola Lennox
HER first official single Back At Wrong was executively produced by her famous mum, Annie Lennox, but the spotlight is now on Lola in her own right.
The Royal Academy of Music graduate started playing piano aged seven and writing songs at 15.
She’s just released new single La La Love Me and has a debut EP due in March.
Lola has spent time in the studio over the past year with the likes of Eg White (Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith) and former Semisonic singer Dan Wilson, who co-wrote Someone Like You with Adele.
It’s going to be a big year for Lola.
MANCHESTER trio Cassia are Rob Ellis (guitar and vocals), Lou Cotterill (bass and vocals) and Jacob Leff (drums and vocals).
They put out their debut album Replica in 2019 and released their irresistible track Do It Right earlier this year.
They promise to start “the biggest party ever” when they’re able to return to touring, and have already graced Reading and Leeds Festivals, All Points East, Truck Festival, Y Not, TRNSMT, Kendal Calling, Electric Picnic and SXSW.
5. Sam Fischer
AUSSIE-born Sam already has a CV to boast about, having written for Keith Urban, Jessie J, Demi Lovato and Ciara.
He’s also toured with Lewis Capaldi and was due to support Niall Horan before the pandemic struck.
The LA-based singer has had a hit with This City and released Homework in the summer.
He is pals with Meghan Trainor, went to school with Delta Goodrem and nearly became a tennis pro before music stole his heart.
6. Jessie Jo Stark
THE daughter of Richard and Laurie Stark – owners of posh jewellers Chrome Hearts – Jesse Jo is no stranger to fame; her best friend is Bella Hadid and Cher is her godmother.
She’s opened for Guns n’ Roses, Sunflower Bean, Jane’s Addiction and The Vaccines.
The LA-born singer was raised on Fleetwood Mac, The Clash, Britney Spears and David Bowie while Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols produced her first EP, Down Your Drain.
She has recently collaborated with Vivienne Westwood.
7. Charlotte Jane
THE Hull native has already played the Reading and Leeds festivals and has toured with Jess Glynne, Dennis Lloyd, Picture This and JC Stewart while her recent single Get It Right has earned praise from Spotify, Apple and Deezer.
The track was co-written with Dayyon Alexander (Ella Mai, Demi Lovato) and Jeff Shum (John Legend, Camila Cabello) and Paolo Nutini and Ed Sheeran are big fans.
YOU’LL know the Nigerian Afropop singer from his work with Drake and after he featured on Beyonce’s Black is King album.
Tekno, aka Augustine Miles Kelechi, is also Billie Eilish’s favourite artist. She told Vanity Fair: “There isn’t one song that I don’t like that he has put out.”
Tekno started releasing music seven years ago and Duro and Pana were the tracks that got him noticed.
He’s just put out debut album Old Romance
SHE’S someone you may already know since the Brighton-born singer (aka Grace Barker) has written songs for Jonas Blue, Rita Ora, Raye and Olly Murs.
Don’t Need Love, her track with 220 KID, was a Top 10 hit in April and she’s been a huge star on TikTok where her song Alone In My Room (Gone) went viral.
The singer grew up idolising Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry, and was spotted by Xenomania songwriter Brian Higgins (Cher, Girls Aloud).
MULTI-TALENTED Wesley is a songwriter, producer and film-maker from Birmingham.
He was a member of hip-hop collective OG Horse with Jorja Smith, and counts Sleaford Mods as huge fans.
He has put out tracks including Imaginary Friends, Martyrs and Ghostin’ and he has written, directed and scored the Bafta-backed film Pandomony.
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11. Berwyn – London rapper who has worked with Headie One and who you might have seen on Later . . . With Jools Holland in June when he performed a special version of Glory to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
12. Holly Humberstone – spotted after supporting Lewis Capaldi, this Grantham singer is also set for great things.
13. Alfie Templeman – teenage multi-instrumentalist and producer you might know from Happiness In Liquid Form, a track he made with Justin Young from The Vaccines.
14. Luz – Irish singer songwriter who has been given the thumbs up by Dua Lipa.
15. Tiggs Da Author – rapper, singer, songwriter and producer from South London, via Tanzania.
16. Alewya – self-taught producer, singer-songwriter and artist inspired by her African roots and UK club culture.
17. Emily Burns – Scottish-born singer songwriter who began writing songs as a receptionist at Abbey Road studios.
18. Noisy – managed by the same people as Bring Me The Horizon, this electronic trio are set to support Yungblud and You Me At Six on tour in 2021.
19. Cautious Clay – aka Joshua Karpeh, Clay is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Billie Eilish, John Mayer, John Legend and Taylor Swift.
20. Blood Wizard – new project from Cai Burns, frontman of the Nottingham punk band Kagoule.
21. Girl In Red – Norwegian indie singer, aka Marie Ulven Ringheim, who makes bedroom pop about love and her struggles with mental health