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.
Amelia Murray’s Fazerdaze project began as a string of late night bedroom experiments. Those recordings, written and produced by Murray herself, soon turned into her self-titled EP and captured the attention of all those with a hankering for dreamy, DIY champer-pop. With debut album Morningside out now via Flying Nun, the New Zealand born artist has captured such a specific moment in time, creating something intimate and altogether beautiful.
Shows: Thursday, 1:30pm, Queen’s Hotel and Thursday, 11:30pm, The Arch
Dutch duo CUT_ are just one of many incredible acts to have emerged from the Netherlands of late. The pair create a delectable blend of dark electronic beats and bright pop hooks, those opposing energies twist and turn, constantly dragging the listener to unexpected territory. It’s slick and understated, elegant and so much fun.
Shows: Friday, 12:00pm, Komedia and Saturday, 2:30pm, Horatio’
Once you know Arctic Cowboys are a thing, then the Country drawl of Finnish singer songwriter Mikko Joensuu comes as less of a surprise. Joensuu is much more than just an imitation of Western American legends, his voice is so unique and his story telling set so far apart. His third album Amen 3 (the follow up to Amen 1 and Amen 2) has such an impossibly big sound, thankfully that sound will be done justice in One Church.
Shows: Saturday, 20:15, One Church
Merv xx Gotti came up in the same rural Regina music scene as Andy Shauf. Rejecting the steady diet of country music fed to the general populous they honed their craft with fellow like-minded youth in backrooms, garages and basements. These days the sounds are very different - Shauf turned folky while Gotti channelled his infectious energy into the hip-hop and R&B scene, forming DGS Samurai Champs with Saskatoon new wave rapper Jeah. While the spectacular acrobatic hardcore punk moves remain in place as Gotti paces the stage, growls are replaced with anxious, soulful post-R&B With heavy hooks and Jeah’s dark, hard raps the duo have an infectious presence that is a sight to behold. On this evidence the future of Canada's Urban music scene might just lie in the wheat fields of Saskatchewan.
Shows: Friday, 4.00pm, Green Door Store and Saturday, 8.30pm, SHOOSH
From the ethereal grandeur of "Lion" to the industrial-electronica of "The Beast", Casi Wyn is throwing herself into a world of experimental pop. Raised in North Wales and now living in Hackney, London - Wyn creates magical moments with her music. Signed to Chess Club Records (MØ, Tove Styrke) and having received early support from BBC Introducing Wales, her live set at our Five Day Forecast back in January showed us Casi's pipes are every bit as good live as they are in the studio.
Shows: Saturday, 9.15pm, Coalition