The UK's very own version of SXSW kicks off this Thursday, showcasing the most exciting bands around right now - and we've chosen twenty of the best.
Set to be the biggest pop star in the world this year, 20-year old Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid broke through in her home country as a teenager before signing to Island Records laCst year. This year’s "Don't Kill My Vibe" revealed a vocal talent and swagger that sets her a clear mile apart from every other popstar wannabe and an appearance on Later…with Jools Holland earlier this month confirmed she can deliver in the flesh too.
Shows: Thursday, 8.00pm, Coalition
Tel Aviv singer, multi-instrumentalist and production whiz Noga Erez has been causing a stir since signing to Berlin indie of choice, City Slang, last year. The potent, genre-splicing "Dance While You Shoot” introduced Erez’s fiery politics, while recent single “Off The Radar” - taken from her debut record of the same name, due 3 June - confirms her as one of the more thrillingly diverse pop soloists on the bill this year.
Shows: Friday, 2.55pm at Shipwright’s Yard and 10:30pm at Komedia.
With streams on her debut track “Escalate” comfortably eclipsing the million mark, Belgian artist Tsar B comes into festival season riding something of a wave. Lauded as a natural successor to Björk and FKA twigs, the self-taught producer and classical violinist will bring a touch of the otherworldly to the seaside with her stark, brooding and forward-thinking electronic-pop.
Shows: Friday, 1.15pm, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and Friday, 8.30pm, Komedia Studio
Growing out of the budding South East London circuit, fresh-faced newcomer Cosmo Pyke created the sort of organic buzz that most artists could only dream of following his debut EP, Just Cosmo. The graffiti artist, Urban Outfitters model, skater kid and star of Frank Ocean’s “Nikes” video is just as diverse sonically with indie, jazz and blues references seamlessly knitted together with elements of hip-hop. A true talent - the potential U.K. breakout star of 2017.
Shows: Saturday, 9.30pm, Prince Albert
Setting a benchmark for cool, even by New York standards, Overcoats bottled a feelings of connection, tension and the depths of love and trickiness of family relationships on their first album YOUNG. Released on Arts & Crafts this year, the record has a tremendous subtlety with Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell drawing strength from vulnerability, lighting up the dark with their timeless, honest songwriting. The two best friends are guaranteed to captivate, bringing their noirish, hushed record beautifully to life.
Shows: Thursday, 10.00pm, Coalition