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BARNEYS BEATS: 50 Rising Artists to Watch in 2024

2024'S RISING STARS

Yeah, 2023 was fun, but we’re over that now. It’s time to shift gears and set our sights on the biggest and brightest young talents ready to blaze a trail in 2024. These are the bands you need to see, the voices that will define the soundscape of the new year. You can listen to the full playlist here.

ARXX

A dynamic duo formed of lead singer, Hanni, and drummer, Clara, ARXX create alt-rock with a range diverse influences, from grunge to country. 2023 saw the release of their amazing debut album, ‘Ride or Die’ and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

Ride Or Die - Album by ARXX | Spotify

Towa Bird 

Towa Bird’s sound is a sweet blend of bold guitar solos and tender lyrics, striking a rare balance between explosive energy and sensitivity whilst exploring themes of queerness, identity, and love.

Towa Bird | Spotify

cruush

This Manchester four-piece deliver dreamy alternative indie. Moody and hypnotic, their unique shoegaze sound is a breath of fresh air in the Manchester music scene.

Cruush band

Beam Noir

Enter Shikari meets Hadouken! meets something a little darker. Born from the ashes of Manchester favourites, Kashmere, Beam Noir blend riotous guitars, blaring synth and drum and bass to create a high-energy, dynamic explosion of sound.

BEAM NOIR | Spotify

In Waves

Instantly catchy indie rock that packs a punch. This London outfit have a big future if 2023 is anything to go by.

In Waves Band

Gretel 

London-based singer and songwriter, Gretel, weaves a captivating blend of grunge, goth-pop, and indie ballads, drawing inspiration from a diverse musical upbringing that includes influences like Nick Cave, Nick Drake, Nirvana, and Wolf Alice.

Gretel Hänlyn | Spotify

bby

bby burst onto the scene in 2023 with the hit single, Hotline. The London band are hoping to continue their momentum into 2024 which should see them rack up festival appearances and even more acclaim.

bby | Spotify

The Bug Club

Witty, eclectic, garage rock sandwiched between spoken word poetry. Sounds mad, and it is, but it works!

The Bug Club Band

Chilli Jesson

No stranger to the music industry, Chilli was formerly the lead singer of Palma Violets and has been a touring musician for some of the biggest bands in the world. This time, he’s doing his own thing and we’re absolutely loving it.

Chilli Jesson | Spotify

Lizzie Esau 

At just 24, Lizzie Esau is a rising force in the music industry, drawing influence from the likes of Wolf Alice, Beabadoobee, and Radiohead. With a decade of song writing, she’s made a mark with a busy live schedule supporting acts like Baby Queen and The Amazons.

Lizzie Esau | Spotify

FEET

In a relatively short time, FEET have established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the circuit and their latest singles have only solidified their status as one of the UK’s hottest alternative-rock prospects.

FEET band

The Deep Blue

Formed during lockdown, The Deep Blue quickly gained attention with their debut EP ‘Taking on Water,’ selling out headline shows and making festival appearances. They have now established themselves as an unstoppable force in the Manchester music scene.

The Deep Blue Band

Spangled

Another highly rated Manchester band, Spangled deliver fast paced, in your face, indie-rock with witty lyrics and exciting riffs. 

Spangled Band

The Utopiates

The Utopiates command an assertive and lively musical presence, fusing robust rhythms with guitar hooks reminiscent of Talking Heads.

The Utopiates | Spotify

The Howlers

After a challenging few years with the pandemic and health scares, acclaimed East London desert-rock trio, The Howlers, are back and they sound better than ever. 

The Howlers Band

CIEL

CIEL are an indie-rock trio with members from The Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. They create a distinctive sound by blending influences from 90’s grunge, goth, and shoegaze.

CIEL band

KIDS

Blurring the lines between indie, rap, Britpop, punk and loads more, London outfit KIDS have smashed it with their first few singles and we can’t wait to see what comes next

KIDS band

Car Boot Sale

London-based quintet, Car Boot Sale, capture the unfiltered charisma of rock ‘n’ roll’. They present soulful tunes with a captivating blend of sheer passion and infectious groove.

Car Boot Sale

Peaness

These gals popped up on my radar when Hayley Williams plucked band member Amy out of the crowd to sing Misery Business at a sold-out Paramore show in Manchester. She smashed it. I checked them out. They’re amazing. I’m now on the Peaness hype-train and so should you be!

PEANESS Band

Chappaqua Wrestling

Chappaqua Wrestling’s sound, showcased in their debut album ‘Plus Ultra,’ is a grunge-infused blend of indie rock. Influenced by The Clash’s political conversations, their lyrics often address frustrations with societal issues.

Chappaqua Wrestling | Spotify

Dolores Forever

The fates aligned when two fantastic song writers in Julia Fabrin and Hannah Wilson met by chance at a London house party. Now we get to enjoy Dolores Forever’s blend of emotionally charged indie pop with catchy melodies that draws influence from ABBA and Stevie Nicks.

Dolores Forever

Personal Trainer

Amsterdam-based collective Personal Trainer, led by Willem Smit, are renowned for their joyous and unpredictable shows, blending indie rock luminaries into big-beaming pop psalms. 

Personal Trainer

STONE

Liverpool have had their fair share of celebrated artists over the years and STONE are the newest and most exciting addition to the list. Expect clever lyrics mixed with riotous guitar music and that classic Mersey charm.

STONE band

Deco

Deco blend classic pop song writing with an infectious love for 80s synth pop. They have garnered millions of views for their viral 80s mashups, achieved success with TV appearances, and signed a deal with Modern Sky after a successful 2023.

Deco | Spotify

VOODOO RADIO

VOODOO RADIO are a power punk duo from Cumbria who deliver relentless energy through crashing drums and electric riffs. 

VOODOO RADIO | Spotify

The Silver Bars

Barrow-born indie rockers, The Silver Bars, have transitioned from playing local pubs to becoming national touring artists, gaining widespread acclaim with their EP ‘Modern Features’ and amassing hundreds of thousands of streams.

The Silver Bars

Clara Pople 

Delivering a unique blend of relaxing soul and uplifting trip hop, Clara Pople has the lungs of a deep sea diver and the voice of an angel. One to keep an eye on for 2024.

Clara Pople | Spotify

Izzi De-Rosa

Izzi De-Rosa delivers British pop at its very best. Definitely one for the future, it won’t be long before Izzi is sharing stages with the likes of Charli XCX and Dua Lipa. 

welcome to my life - song and lyrics by Izzi De-Rosa | Spotify

Crystal Tides

Portsmouth band, Crystal Tides, unleash electrifying indie rock. With influences from Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats, and Catfish and The Bottlemen, their music features catchy hooks, infectious guitar riffs, and anthemic choruses.

Crystal Tides | Spotify

Youth Sector

This five-piece art-rock outfit from Brighton have received critical acclaim since they released their first single in 2018. Having supported the likes of Kaiser Chiefs on tour, Youth Sector are in for a massive 2024

Youth Sector | Spotify

Megan Wyn

At just 18 years old, Welsh-born singer and songwriter Megan Wyn, based in Manchester, has been a seasoned live performer since the age of 16. 2024 promises to be another significant year for her burgeoning career.

Megan Wyn | Spotify

The Joy Hotel

Inspired by old country songs, psychedelia and the timeless melodies of sixties and seventies pop, The Joy Hotel have been raising eyebrows with their 2023 single releases. Now, with a new album on the horizon, 2024 looks to be a big year for this Glasgow based band.

The Joy Hotel

Capital Soiree

Capital Soirée craft indie pop-rock with infectious, memorable melodies. The band, with a penchant for catchy choruses and flexible instrumentation, recently delved into DIY production, shaping a more developed sound.

Capital Soiree

Jimmy Balito 

You may recognise Jimmy from being a finalist on The Voice in 2019. There’s never been any doubt that he’s an incredible singer but it’s his songwriting that really sets Balito apart. If 2023’s single Picking Up The Pieces is anything to go by, 2024 looks to be a really exciting year.

Jimmy Balito | Spotify

Adult Leisure

Adult Leisure deliver an alt-indie sound characterised by glistening, jangly guitar lines and disco beats. There’s something that feels both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly innovative about this band that makes them one to watch in the future.

Adult Leisure | Spotify

Lucy Deakin

Lucy Deakin’s sound is a vibrant fusion of contemporary pop with influences from Miley Cyrus, Kim Petras, and Charlie XCX. Deakin’s music navigates themes of relationships, blending catchy melodies with heartfelt lyrics.

Lucy Deakin | Spotify

Sterling Press

A high-energy sound reminiscent of Sports Team and Declan McKenna. With a unique blend of punk, ska, and techno influences, their synth-fueled indie anthems have garnered attention from Radio X, BBC Radio 1, and BBC 6 Music.

Sterling Press | Spotify

HotWax

Teenage punk trio HotWax are reshaping guitar music with their post-punk, grunge, and alternative rock fusion and are turning heads in the process.

HotWax | Spotify

Rosie Charles

London-born, Manchester-based singer Rosie Charles crafts a Soul/R&B-inspired sound with self-taught musical prowess and honest lyricism, drawing influence from icons like Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu.

Rosie Charles | Spotify

Cucamaras

Nottingham’s Cucamaras have embraced a post-punk sound, drawing inspiration from their city’s varied music scene. Fans of Yard Act and Fontaines DC will love this band.

Cucamaras Band

Brodie Milner

Intelligent writing and intricate melodies make Brodie Milner one of the most exciting new artists on the scene at the moment. After supporting The Coral on their most recent tour last year, it won’t be a surprise to see Brodie soon getting the recognition he deserves.

Brodie Milner

Big Special

Big Special are a punk poet duo from the Midlands who aren’t afraid to raise their voices in anger. Expect incredible writing and soul fuelled punk.  

The Big Special band

Tom A. Smith

This guy has already achieved some amazing things at only 19 years old from playing Glastonbury whilst still in secondary school to being described as “the next big thing” by none other than Sir Elton John himself.

Tom A Smith

Low Girl

Led by multi-instrumentalist Sarah Cosgrove, Low Girl are a fresh alt-pop band that explore deep issues such as loneliness and identity struggles with a contrastingly upbeat, peppy energy.

Low Girl | Spotify

telekura

Hailing from Dublin, this indie-pop duo really impressed with their first single, “clown”. We can’t wait to see what they have in store next.

telekura | Spotify

about-faces

about-faces blend rock and indie with contagious melodies, gritty riffs, and passionate vocals, crafting a captivating musical experience. 

about-faces band

Hannah Grae

Featuring powerful vocals and diverse rock elements, Hannah Grae explores themes of heartbreak and self-expression, blending influences like Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Queen, and Taylor Swift in her music.

Hannah Grae | Spotify

Wax Works

Leeds-based indie pop artist Wax Works, draws inspiration from a diverse range of influences such as Easy Life, Wallows, Arlo Parks, and Dayglow. His music is characterised by a fusion of indie guitar tones and LoFi pop beats.

Wax Works | Spotify

English Teacher

Spearheaded by vocalist Lily Fontaine’s poetic lyricism, English Teacher explore post-pandemic frustrations, romantic confidence, and shared experiences. Fontaine’s introspective song writing and the band’s evolving sound promise a compelling debut album on the horizon.

English Teacher

CHECK OUT THE FULL PLAYLIST HERE

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About John Hassall

John is the newest member of the Barneys team and takes care of our marketing and content creation. If you’ve been hyped up by us on Instagram before, it’s likely to be him behind the screen! As a journalism graduate and keen wordsmith, you’ll definitely find John frequenting the Barneys blog more than a few times.

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