1. KANADA

    Bad Breeding
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    BAD BREEDING
    Described by The Guardian as “the best punk band in Britain using guitar/bass/drums/vox,” Bad Breeding have already built up quite the reputation. Their riffs are scathing, their vocals distorted, and live they’re an incendiary force. – Dice
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  2. METROPOLIS

    Yxng Bane
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    YXNG BANE
    Yxng Bane is rapidly becoming one of those names that everybody is talking about – and rightly so! As far as debut releases go, the first time we really got to hear Yxng Bane on a track was with ‘Lone Wolf’ – and that was only 4 months ago. Nearly a quarter of a million plays on SoundCloud later (on that track alone), Bane has just dropped his highly anticipated full length project as promised at the latter end of 2015.
    With the release of his 10-track mixtape, ‘Full Moon’, Yxng Bane continues to set a precedent and prove that he’s a force to be reckoned with. Bane has put together an incredibly strong body of work which will for sure help to cement his place on peoples playlists. His previously released tracks ‘Lone Wolf’, ‘Villain’ and ‘Monster Sex’ feature on the EP, and they are joined by 6 new tracks, including a Bonus track in the form of ‘610 – GMN: Guns, Money, Narcotics’.

    The East London rapper cleverly shows off his versatility on the mixtape with a variety of tracks from the smooth sounding ‘Love O’s’ to ‘Doubted Me’ when we hear Bane go in hard as he gets things off his chest. – MTV
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  3. DISORDER

    Glass Peaks
    The Shimmer Band
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    GLASS PEAKS
    Having been founded by close friends Lewis (vocals, guitar, synths), Jake (guitar) and Grant (drums) just a few short months ago, GLASS PEAKS are quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the South-east’s hottest new talents.

    With the recent addition of Alfie on bass, the fourpice from Kent dive into the realm of self-proclaimed ‘melancholic alt-pop’, derived from influences such as Joy Division and The Smiths and resonating the sound of contemporaries like Ben Howard, Foals, The Maccabees and White Lies. Sonically the group pen beautifully unpredictable and dynamic songs – Lewis’ evocative lyrics are consumed by waves of moody, syncopated guitar licks, progressively erupting to a serendipitous full-scale wall-of-sound induced by pounding drums and driving bass lines.

    Although their influences are clearly defined, it’s evident GLASS PEAKS are determined to mark their own stamp on the scene. The music is an earnest marriage between raw, energetic passion and methodical, thought provoking articulation. As the band become increasingly revered for their powerful live show, it’s easy to hear and see why so many people are already captivated by their sound.
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  4. ECHOCHAMP

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  5. SUNDAZE

    Black Delta Movement
    Creamer & Wesely
    Thee Telepaths
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    BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT
    THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT are a Hull band with a psychedelic garage sound and many different influences ranging from the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Paul Weller, The Small Faces and The Black Keys amongst others.
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  6. KANADA

    Emily Capell
    Jordan Allen
    Nilufer Yanya

    EMILY CAPELL From North West London with a story or ten to share. Raised on a diet of Johnny Cash, The Clash, The Smiths, Mod culture and the top 40, Emily’s approach to song writing is eclectic. Featuring a mixture of blues, indie, pop and punk. Her musical stylings draw from a pool deep and wide and is affectionately described as sounding like the adopted daughter of Jamie T and Billy Bragg, and a distant relative of The Clash and The Libertines.
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  7. KANADA

    Cortes
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    CORTES
    As is the story for many new bands, Cortes were born out of a vibrant London underworld of jam sessions and dark sweaty gigs. Meeting in 2012 and bonding over Hendrix, Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, it wasn’t long before their insatiable desire to better their peers resulted in the official formation of ‘Cortes’, and so the tale begins…
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  8. KANADA

    Big White
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    BIG WHITE
    The members of Big White first met and started making music together when they moved in to a large Art Deco share house in the inner west of Sydney. The house has an eclectic past having served as a surgery, a brothel, and a boarding home, but is now home to five musicians in their early 20s. Much like the members of the band themselves, Big White’s music is diverse in both influence and style. Touching on British New Wave sounds with Australian jangle pop sensibilities, this is best filed next to The Cure, Talking Heads, and The Twerps.
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  9. KILI LIVE

    Bones
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    BONES
    Fresh off the back of supporting Skunk Anansie on the recent UK/EU tour, BONES have announced a headline show at The Old Blue Last in London on 12th May.
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  10. GIRLS & BOYS

    Wølffe
    Mai Kino
    Owen Rabbit
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    WØLFFE
    Wølffe’s brand of pop is effortless. Her distinctive, husky vocal collides with a crush of glistening synths and melancholic beats, making for a sound that’s very much her own.

    With her latest cut Trouble Ahead, she’s in a bullish mood. Described by Clash as a her most “humane, fascinating vocal performance”, it’s a slice of pure pop on the surface, but the tension bubbles away under the intricately arranged production. Just listen to her devastating delivery and you’ll be hooked.

    Live she takes it to the next level. She commands the stage with the experience of a veteran, and it won’t be long until Wølffe is selling out shows left, right and centre. Grab a free ticket for this gig at The Old Blue last in May. – DICE
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  11. ANTIDOTES

    Fake Laugh
    Our Girl
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    FAKE LAUGH
    For psych-pop addicts everywhere, Fake Laugh’s new single “Mind Tricks” is one of those upbeat tracks that will satisfy all of your fuzzy, flanged-out needs. That’s largely thanks to a dense web of punchy, translucent guitar parts orchestrated by lead singer and songwriter Kamran Khan. Khan’s voice remains laid-back and lofty throughout his verses, only to be brought back to earth by the song’s catchy, bass-driven chorus. Like peanut butter and potato chips (don’t hate), “Mind Tricks” creates the perfect combination of smoothness and crunch.
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  12. VIRAL NIGHTS

    Triptides
    Mass Datura
    Drift
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    TRIPTIDES
    Triptides is a sunshine warped psychedelic group from Los Angeles, California.
    Their music can be visual; A fuzz warped haze suddenly gives way to a dream sequence soundtrack. Listeners may experience a melting sensation, positive vibrations.
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  13. DIY

    Life
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    Heavy Menthol
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    Free gigs are great, right? Free gigs with great bands – even better. Good news! Exciting Hull newcomers LIFE are set to play one of these snazzy free gigs for DIY Presents next month.

    The unsigned, fuzz-friendly four-piece will headline a night at The Old Blue Last on Saturday, 21st May.

    They’re backed by Frauds and Heavy Menthol, with DIY vs. Feliciano DJs closing the night ’til late, as is tradition.

    LIFE
    No holds barred, no punches pulled, LIFE are as forceful a group as you’re likely to find in 2016. The black-clad Hull group deal in a sneering, ferocious sucker-punch of punk-rock – a mission statement that’s perfectly presented in current single ‘Popular Music’ which, after dropping in February this year, has caused an instant frenzy on the airwaves bagging multiple spot plays from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on Radio 1 as well as it being relentlessly hammered by the man himself Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music. Furthermore LIFE’s breakthrough single ‘GoGoGo’ also scored well on both BBC6 and Radio 1 and earned the band a place on Radio 1’s best of BBC Introducing list 2015.
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  14. KANADA

    Methyl Ethyl
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    METHYL ETHYL
    Jake Webb started Methyl Ethel in 2013 as a way of getting his bedroom recordings out there and into ears and minds. The gentle-eyed polymath got his start playing with underground bands in Perth, Western Australia. Webb’s playing was textural and moody, less about look-at-me riffs, more close-your-eyes-and-let-this-wash-over-you-like-a-curling-Margaret-River-wave. Lush.

    For Methyl Ethel’s crepuscular and reverb-laden debut album, ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’, Webb wrote, played and recorded everything before bringing the album to Chris Wright, an introverted sound engineer at Perth music venue The Bird. “I mix songs in an unorthodox fashion. Chris would say ‘This isn’t right…but it sounds good’,” Webb enthuses. Wright preserved the spatial sound of the record while making Webb go back and tinker away to get the songs to where they needed to be. “He showed me work-arounds,” he says.

    Jake Webb is a one-man band in the studio with endless sonic ideas for pop songs. Now, having gained so many plaudits from pundits in their home country, Methyl Ethel are ready to leave Perth for the rest of the world. And the heat is on.
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  15. COMMUNION

    Boo Seeka
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    BOO SEEKA
    This hip-hop-psych-soul/dream-tronica project started life as an outlet for a couple of musical experiments, a kind of soul petrie dish, a testing ground for new sounds. Incubating, and producing hip-hop beats, psych sounds with a heavy synth bent. Their debut single, “Kingdom Leader” was premiered and featured as Song of the Week on HillyDilly.com. The track made blog and radio waves abroad with features on The Music Ninja and LaBelle Musique and received airplay on KCRW (California), EgoFM in Germany and on XFM in the UK. The single peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Electronic chart and was also placed on high rotation on Triple J and played on community stations around the country.

    A combination of pulsating synth sounds that bed down layered textures of electronic bass and beats. The sonic stimulations of BOO SEEKA enthral, and asks you to delve deeper in their vibing aesthetic.
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  16. KANADA

    Swmrs
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    SWMRS
    SWMRS formed after deciding that they could be just as good as the band on School Of Rock and since have been making addictive pop punk that’s as infectious as it is raw.

    Their latest album Drive North was made up of a collection of rough punk anthems made about hating Los Angeles, loving Miley Cyrus and learning to get over love itself. Stripped back and pure, it was youthful rock music at its cutting edge best.

    An incendiary live force, they turn gigs upside down with their rugged riffs and tongue in cheek attitude. – Dice
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  17. RFB & COMMUNION

    Sir Was
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    SIR WAS
    Probably the only artist who can make bagpipes and a recorder work for him, Swedish artist sir Was draws you in with his mellow electronica.

    He unveiled new track Falcon ahead of June’s Says Hi EP, somehow merging layered harmonies with gauzy James Blake-like organs and a classic hip hop beat. You’ll be in awe of how he pulls it off.

    Tipped by Clash and Stereogum to do massive things, grab a ticket and jam to his hazy sounds at Old Blue Last in June.
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  18. CLEAN

    The Ruminaters
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    THE RUMINATERS
    If the old adage “never take yourself too seriously” was a band, it would likely be The Ruminaters. Their easy-flowing psychedelic garage rock sound was born in Sydney, Australia, and on their new track they showcase a summer sing-along for when the living is easy; it’s the type of song you could envision learning the lyrics to by summer, purely to make the accompaniment of sitting outside with a cold one that much easier.

    Their newest single “Mr. Bubbles” is a delightfully poppy yet laid-back “wacky tale of a young gentleman who accidentally falls asleep underwater, only to find himself making friends with a whole town of crazy sea folk.” Rolling guitar riffs and a fluid bass line mix with a gentle drum beat to create a carefree atmosphere. The vocals fall somewhere between a country-folk drawl and pop revival. The track ends just as breezily as it begins, with a slow fade-out. This is a stellar piece of shimmering psych-pop that shines even during the cold winter months. – Obscure Sound
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  19. DIY & KANADA

    Solids
    Birdskulls
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    SOLIDS
    Even with their recent successes and ambitious new approach, Solids still jam econo. Whether they’re playing majors events like SXSW, CMJ, CMW, Osheaga, Pop Montreal, The Great Escape and Sled Island or in some packed and humid basement, Xavier and Louis sweat blood because they don’t know any other way to make music.
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  20. CAPT. PROMOTIONS

    Blackhole
    Brawlers
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    BLACKHOLE
    Founded in 2007 by singer Richard Carter and guitarist Andreas Yiasmoumi when their previous bands fell apart, Hertsfordshire, England’s Blackhole firmed up its lineup with the imminent arrival of second guitarist Nick Mitchell, drummer Alex Hunt, and bassist Max Hart. Fast-forward two years and one independently recorded four-track EP later, and the youthful quintet was busy recording their debut album, Dead Hearts, with name producer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, etc.), building upon their hardcore roots with more commercial influences like alternative and indie rock. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  21. BIRD ON THE WIRE

    Preoccupations
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    PREOCCUPATIONS (Formerly Viet Cong)
    The band formerly known as Viet Cong have today announced their new name: moving forward, they will be known as Preoccupations.

    In a statement released today they said “After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as “Preoccupations” going forward. We will be previewing new material from a forthcoming record in a series of festivals and shows in North America and Europe in the coming months. We apologize to those who were adversely affected by our former band name. This was never anticipated nor our intent. We are artists and not politicians, we understand that the name reflected pain to some individuals and we are happy to change it and move on and focus on our music. Thanks to all our friends and fans. See you all soon.”
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  22. STAGE MODE MEDIA & LIVE FACTORY

    Charlotte Turnbull (Making My Way EP Launch)
    Pep
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    Jake Alder
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    CHARLOTTE TURNBULL (MAKING MY WAY EP LAUNCH)
    Following an impressive audition on last year’s BBC The Voice – she had offers from various major labels. Charlotte has since spent time working on her debut EP (Making My Way) which is due for release late June.
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  23. CHAPTER AND VERSE EP RELEASE SHOW

    Chapter and Verse
    Chasing Cadence
    Rory Indiana
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    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    Chapter and Verse might seem like fresh faces to the scene, but with the debut EP ‘The Wolves Back Home’ these East London boys are hitting the UK like they’re veterans.

    With a raw, energetic twist on the alt-rock genre, Chapter and Verse released their first single ‘Shelf Life’ in March and sold out their first ever show in less than a few weeks. Now with a relentless tour ethic, the quartet are quickly becoming one of the bands to watch in 2016.
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  24. CLEAN

    Wild Throne
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    WILD THRONE
    Wild Throne is a band that has become accustomed to surprising people—both by accident and by design—simply by crafting music that is as hard to describe as it is exciting to listen to. They’ve managed to take the volume and brutality of heavy metal, compositional elements of prog rock, atypical time signatures of math rock, along with things not normally found in those genres such as strong melodies, a touch of psychedelia and some old-fashioned, straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll, along with impeccable musicianship and extraordinary vision, and meld them into a big, multi-layered, many-faceted sound that is completely their own.
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  25. BADPUSS

    Tail Feathers
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    TAIL FEATHER
    “Tail Feather take things into altogether more sultry territory, with their bourbonsoaked blues rock bringing to mind the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd. As the long-haired lotharios’ stunning five-way harmonies and lackadaisical grooves pulse and smoulder into the Purple Turtle’s very brickwork, it’s clear that we’re watching a band blessed with a total mastery of their craft. A real treat” – Kerrang

    “Take the Allman Brothers, put Ray Manzarek on keyboards and layer the whole gumbo with CSN&Y style vocals; then play psychedelic tinged West Coast Rock” – 247

    “The screeching guitars and rolling melody smell of leather, sheep skin, beards and matured bourbon – a fine concoction and one you should try.” – Art Rocker
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