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Artists To Watch 2021

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Heather Froude

28.12.2020

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With 2021 just around the corner (gulp) we wanted to reflect on a very strange year! Despite a global pandemic, the amount of insane music being created and released hasn’t dipped! 

Each year, we create a list of artists and bands who we think are going to soar in their careers in the next year. Artists who are having their talents realised by the world. We hope that by showing you some of our favourites, it’ll help get them recognised. Plus showing you some music you might not have stumbled upon before! We want you to be the first on the scene with these artists, so here’s our list of ones To Watch 2021!

Before we dive into our list, let’s take a look at some of the top picks for the big industry players!

Amazon Music’s list includes: Alfie Templeman, Baby Queen, Biig Piig, Bree Runway, Griff, Holly Humberstone, Ivorian Doll, JOSEF, Olivia Dean, Pa Salieu, Berwyn, Bklava & Girl in Red.

The BBC Sound of 2021 has: Alfie Templeman, Bree Runway, Dutchavelli, Greentea Peng, The Lathums, Holly Humberstone, Berwyn, Girl In Red & Griff.

VEVO’s Ones To Watch 2021 list includes: GRACEY, Finn Askew, Flo Milli, Olivia Dean, Toosii, Alfie Templeman, Bow Anderson & Giveon.

Alfie Templeman is a recurring name on the lists so far this year, as is Berwyn, both with super different sounds. Looks like 2021 is going to have an abundance of variety and something for all!

Crossovers in the lists include Holly Humberstone, Olivia Dean, Greentea Peng and Griff. It seems those artists are definitely high on the list for exciting times ahead! 

We gave each member of staff the chance to say who they think will skyrocket their career in 2021. Check out who we’re keeping our eye on below!

Our List

Heather: Griff, Vaughan, Nicholson Heal, Olivia Dean, Rane Raps

Mary: Cassia, King No-One, Covasettes, Holly Humberstone, Outlya

Jack: VALERAS, Calva Louise, Cleopatrick, Arlo Parks, Mona Mula

Lee: Crow, Late Night Legacy, Treece Kid, Ndure, July Bailey

Sophie: Lyra, Maya Delilah, Beth Million, Hamzaa, Green Alderson

Sam: Jimkata, Josh Savage, Little Thief, Deraj, RVBY

Viraz: DC, NAYANA IZ, Greentea Peng, Deraj, HansSOLO x Jaden Castro

Priya: Unicorns, The Howl & The Hum, Normandie, Cassia, Corella

Rachael: 20 Milk, Romy, Claud, Joan, Kid Sistr

Ella: Darling BOY, Paul Thomas Sanders, Sudan Archives, TVAM, Britney Stoney

Becca: MORGAN, Odeal, Nippa, Mnelia, Berna, LZee

Chris: Trash Boat, Action/Adventure, Static Dress, Hot Milk, Belmont

Leila: Darling BOY, Nikkita, Isiah Dreads, Jamaal Marvel, Nath Smith

Matt: Dancing on Tables, Marsicans, Hardcastle, Pale Waves, Saint Raymond

Check out our Artists To Watch 2021 Playlist here. We collated all of our choices plus those of Amazon Music, Vevo and BBC!

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