11) The Big Moon
This exciting quartet consist of Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford. Last year saw The Big Moon release singles Cupid and Silent Movie Susie as well as the debut EP The Road. I would place them in the Indie genre and the tracks they currently have in the public domain are so entrancing. They are definitely a band to look out for in 2017.
I witnessed these Londoner’s perform on The Great Escape last year and the material they have under their belt is mind blowing. This April will see the release of debut album Love In The 4th Dimension and later that month they will tour the UK. Four days after the Village Underground show on 2nd May The Big Moon will embark on a 6 date European tour.
MUNA come all the way from Los Angeles and consist of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. I first witnessed this sensational 3 piece perform on The Great Escape last year as a friend of mine recommended them to me. I have to say MUNA are simply sensational. Signed to RCA Records, 2016 saw them release the exquisite EP Loudspeaker which featured the likes of Winterbreak, Loudspeaker, So Special and Promise. Also they released I Know A Place which was a right banger.
Now MUNA are pop rock and they are reminiscent to HAIM. The debut album About U drops on 3rd February and to coincide with it this 3 piece are on an extensive tour of the USA. I definitely predict big things for MUNA this year and I’m anticipating their return trip to the UK.
13) Liv Dawson
Now Liv Dawson is someone I definitely would like to see in 2017. Now she’s been in development with Rocket Music Management since 2013, and playing live since the age of 13. Dawson is still independent now, but her label Method Records is owned by Disclosure plus her manager Andy Wells joined the Rocket Management team to assist Stuart Camp with the management of Ed Sheeran.
Liv currently has 4 songs out there and these being debut Tapestry, Still, Reflection and Open Your Eyes. Dawson’s vocals are literally a slice of heaven, they are so smooth and relaxing at the same time.
February will see Liv perform her first headline show at Omeara which is a complete sell out. Dawson is a talented 18 year old and her star will burn bright in 2017.
14) Holly Macve
Signed to Bella Union is the tantalising 21 year old Holly Macve. Coming all the way from Yorkshire Holly is an exciting prospect for 2017. The very moment I heard the debut single The Corner Of My Mind, I was bowled over. Now Holly’s sultry vocals were extremely haunting reminding me of Lana Del Rey. Then you have the fun filled romp No One Has The Answers which oozes plenty of country vibes.
Macve was born in Galway, Ireland and she is an artist I really want to witness this year. 3rd March will see Holly drop her debut album Golden Eagle and the bulk of it was recorded in Newcastle. To accompany the new record Macve will be embarking on a 5 date tour of the UK this April visiting venues in Bristol, Brighton, London, Manchester and Newcastle.
15) Maggie Rogers
Coming all the way from the USA is the stunning singer/ songwriter Maggie Rogers. At this moment in time Rogers has released 2 sumptuous singles and they come in the form of Alaska and Dog Years. It was in fact Alaska which gained plenty of attention, the tune itself went viral last June and is electronic folk. Even Pharrell Williams is a fan of her music. Maggie’s angelic vocals makes me crave more. This is one talented 22 year old and she’s someone I really want to witness live in 2017.
Maggie Rogers has even been championed by Radio 1 (Huw Stephens and Annie Mac) and Huw Stephens even had the exclusive play of the new single Dog Years. This February will see Maggie release her debut EP and she’ll also play two shows in the UK. Both these dates at Omeara are completely sold out.
After performing in the UK Rogers will be touring Europe at the start of March before returning to America for a 14 date tour.