Artists to Watch this Summer



Hailing from Leeds, Marsicans are proud creators of what they describe as “upbeat indie meets dirty pop.” A better description could not exist, with their songs being neither typical indie nor typical pop, in the absolute best way possible. Incredibly catchy and easy to sing along to, their musical catalogue is perfect for live shows; the four lads put on entertaining and involving performances, and seem to capture the attention of the entire audience even though they’re not always the headline act. Regularly played on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing show, Marsicans graced the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury last year to an overall positive reaction. These guys spend a lot of time touring (and are one of the most fun bands I’ve ever seen on stage) so should not be missed if you get the opportunity! With more upbeat (‘Arms of Another’), as well as slower (‘Absence’) songs in their repertoire, their big break is surely just around the corner.

Most recent release: ‘Friends’ (17th Feb)
Festivals announced so far: Barn on the Farm, 110 Above, Live at Leeds 2017

Tom Grennan

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You might remember Tom Grennan’s name from his guest vocals on Chase and Status track ‘All Goes Wrong,’ but his talent reaches far further than simply being a guest performer. Having released two EPs in the past six months, it’s clear Grennan can stand on his own two feet. With emotive and raw vocals, Grennan’s EPs boast a more acoustic sound than the more electronic-sounding beat on his Chase and Status collaboration. It’s clear his impressive vocals lend themselves to either genre, which highlights the impressive diversity of his talent. The Bedford-born musician has been nominated in the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist this year, firmly cementing him as a talented up-and-comer in the industry. Definitely one to look out for, with a career trajectory similar to that of James Bay a big possibility.

Most recent release: ‘Release the Brakes’ EP (10th March)
Festivals announced so far: Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Blissfields, Truck

Declan McKenna

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At only 18-years old, Declan McKenna has song-writing abilities way beyond his years. After winning Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition in 2015, McKenna has progressed from strength to strength, nabbing a supporting spot for Blossoms in 2016, followed by a headline tour plus international tour dates. He’s even playing Coachella this year! His music is cleverly written to be catchy at the same time as being meaningful. With themes such as FIFA’s corruption (‘Brazil’), transgender rights (‘Paracetamol’), and police brutality (‘Isombard’), his music has a maturity to it that many twice his age have not achieved.  His talent has been recognised this year, through his addition to the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist, and with an album on the horizon 2017 really looks to be his best year yet.

Most recent release: ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’ (11th Jan)
Festivals announced so far: Latitude, Liverpool Sound City

The Magic Gang

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Brighton boys The Magic Gang have perfected their chilled, summery vibe, managing to capture elements of The Beach Boys’ sound whilst maintaining a modern edge. With ‘How Can I Compete,’ lead single from their upcoming third EP, they sound more polished, yet have kept their laid-back tone. Having supported Wolf Alice and Swim Deep in the past, they have a loyal following which is only growing with each new release, and this will surely develop further when they support Circa Waves on tour later this month. Again a favourite of BBC Introducing, the catchy and summery tone of their music makes them a perfect candidate for your new favourite band.

Most recent release: ‘How Can I Compete’ (7th Feb)
Festivals announced so far: The Great Escape, Truck, Liverpool Sound City

-Kathi Bundy

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