Blog 13 – Ones to Watch 2015 Part 2

Sunset Sons

The band met while in SW France a few years ago. They gradually built up a following by playing as a covers band, in and around the surf resorts of France during the summer…then heading up to the Alps in the winter.

Don’t be fooled by the surfing and snowboarding bum vibe. It’s only made them more focused, tighter as a band, and incredibly ambitious. They tour the UK in March and release The Fall EP the same month.

Listen to: Medicine

Pretty Vicious

Pretty Vicious are from Merthyr Tydfil. As a band they have some incredible potential to write huge indie dancefloor fillers. This has already been recognized by most of the major record labels, which has instigated a bidding war to sign the band.

Brad Griffiths, Thomas McCarthy, James Morgan and Elliot Jones are all between 16 and 18 years old. They only have a small tour planned around Wales so far this year, (with another new band The Hearts.)

Listen to: Cave Song

Port Isla

Port Isla met in Norwich, but are now based in deepest, darkest SE London.

They’ve already toured with George Ezra and James Bay. Had a personal invite to play Glastonbury. And made the XFm playlist. And I really rate them.

Catch them in the UK this March:


24 March The Lexington, London (headline show)

26 March O2 Academy 3, Birmingham (co-headline with Walking On Cars)

27 March Open, Norwich (co-headline with Walking On Cars)

29 March Deaf Institute, Manchester (co-headline with Walking On Cars)

30 March King Tut’s, Glasgow (co-headline with Walking On Cars)

Listen to: In The Long Run

Blog 12 – Ones To Watch 2015 Part 1

James Bay

This year’s dead cert. He’s won the Brits’ Critics Choice Award, and looks like the love child of Jack White and Johnny Depp.

He’s originally from Hertfordshire and writes big, emotional songs. Which, for the record, always do the business. His debut album “Chaos And The Calm” comes out on March 23rd and his UK tour is already sold out.

Listen to: “Let It Go”

Oh Wonder

This London based duo are Anthony and Josephine.

This is an interesting one. Their vision and plan is to put up one track every month for a year online, culminating in an album release on 31st August 2015. They’ll the perform their first live shows in September.

Hype Machine favourites for a long time now, they definitely have something pretty special about them. Keep an eye on Oh Wonder.

Listen to: “All We Do”

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Rory Graham is Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.

By far, this is one of the most interesting musical projects around right now. He’s a fusion of blues, rock, soul and hip hop, which makes it exciting, in terms of his creativity and originality.

He ‘s on tour in March and plans to release his debut album later this year.

Listen to: “Lay My Body Down”