Hot for 2016

Expect features on each of these artists very soon but for now, check out our list of artists we reckon are gonna be HUGE worldwide very soon.

Allie X


Alexandra Hughes, better known as Allie X is a Canadian singer-songwriter now based in Los Angeles. Following appearances in numerous talent shows, she moved onto releasing her own material with ‘Catch’ which received significant attention following a supportive tweet from Katy Perry. Debut EP, the synthpop driven ‘CollXtion 1’, was released in April 2015, garnered some attention. Most recently, ‘Never Enough’ was featured in a fashion segment on UK’s ‘This Morning’, propelling Hughes to a wider audience.

Check Out: ‘Catch’, ‘Never Enough’.


Circa Waves

Circa Waves; Escalator Studios; Liverpool; Radar lead; Skatepark; posed

Liverpudlian indie-rock quartet Circa Waves kicked up a storm last year following extensive airplay on Radio 1. Debut album ‘Young Chasers’ launched into the UK Top 10, largely propelled by catchy singles ‘Fossils’ and ‘T-Shirt Weather’. The band also enjoyed a successful festival season in 2015, performing at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds in addition to Boardmasters.


Check Out: ‘T-Shirt Weather’, ‘Fossils’, ‘My Love’, ‘Deserve This’, ‘Stuck in my Teeth’.




Frances is a singer-songwriter from Berkshire. Over the past year, she has risen to prominence through receiving airplay on Radio 1, being invited to perform a live lounge to replace The Libertines (recording a stunning piano-vocal interpretation of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ and the release of stunning début track ‘Grow’. She has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Brit Awards’ Critics Choice award and for BBC Sound of 2016.

Check Out: ‘Grow’, ‘Borrowed Time’, ‘When it Comes to Us’.


Harry Styles


It’s unlikely that Mr Styles requires an introduction but in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last six years, Harry Styles was a member of One Direction, one of the most successful boybands in history. A popular member in his own right, Harry is famed for his quirky, individual style, relationships with older women and general appreciation for the arts. His gravelly, powerful voice was often the lead during the chorus on One Direction records and he often lent his song-writing abilities to their material on hits such as ‘Story of My Life’ and ‘Perfect’. With One Direction currently on a hiatus and Styles reportedly registering four tracks with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a solo career looks likely. His rock-inspired image and influence on One Direction records is a curious point of interest and suggests a potentially promising solo career.


Check Out: ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ (One Direction track which Styles co-wrote).




Liss are a Danish band comprised of four teenagers – Søren Holm, Vilhelm Strange, Villads Tyrrestrup, and Tobias Hansen. Whilst little more is known of the group, their buzz track ‘Try’ has garnered a considerable amount of interest thanks to its effervescent 80’s synthpop feel. Another softer track ‘Always’ is also available but no website or Twitter account appears to be available for the band to signify anything further. Either way, with the correct promotion, Liss have the potential to be huge in 2016.

Check Out: ‘Try’, ‘Always’ and ‘Sorry’.



Nao is a British singer-songwriter from East London. After studying vocal jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she became a musician for Kwabs and Jarvis Cocker. Now, she is set to become an artist in her own right with her collection of neo-soul, electro and alternative R&B material. In the last two years, she has released two EPs, received airplay on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, been featured vocalist on Disclosure track ‘Superego’, performed at Glastonbury and was longlisted on the BBC Sound of 2016 prize.

Check Out: ‘Bad Blood’.

Nothing But Thieves

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2015 was a huge year for Nothing But Thieves, in which they rose to prominence through popular singles such as ‘Trip Switch’ and ‘Wake Up Call’, supported various acts on tour and released their self-titled début album which flew into the top 10 of the UK Album chart.  The Southend-On-Sea five-piece sit within the alternative rock genre, producing haunting and emotive tracks which utilise frontman Conor Mason’s incredible vocals. They’re evocatively reminiscent of Jeff Buckley at times and are certainly one of the most compelling bands in the UK at the moment.

Check Out: ‘Wake Up Call’, ‘If I Get High’, ‘Graveyard Whistling’, ‘Trip Switch’, ‘Lover, Please Stay’.


Raleigh Ritchie 


Jacob Anderson, better known as Raleigh Ritchie is perhaps better known for being an actor than a singer. Over the last five years, he has appeared in ‘Adulthood’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Broadchurch’, becoming a popular figure. His focus is seemingly now on music, an area he has always delved into from time to time and one which he appears to be excelling at. His material draws upon various genres, alternative R&B, triphop and Power Pop, often utilising luscious string arrangements and emotive chorus’. Debut album ‘You’re a Man Now, Boy’ reached a disappointing #36 in the UK album chart but was well received by critics and fans alike. Hopefully Anderson will continue to create music; he certainly has a talent for it.

Check Out: ‘Stronger than Ever’, ‘Bloodsport’, ‘Keep it Simple’.



Shura is a British singer, songwriter and producer, originally from Manchester. Born  Aleksandra Denton, she began recording music at 16, continuing to do so at University before taking a gap year to work in the Amazon rainforest. On her return to the UK, she sought to assume creative control over production of her music, learning from YouTube tutorials during night-shifts at her workplace. Her single ‘Touch’ garnered significant interest through its simplistic yet powerful video (which went viral) featuring Denton’s friends kissing each other regardless of gender. Other singles ‘2Shy’, ‘White Light’ & ‘Just Once’ have each become just as popular among fans who now eagerly await the release of Shura’s début album ‘Nothing’s Real’, due for release on 8th July.

Check Out: ‘Touch’, ‘White Light’, ‘2Shy’.

The Japanese House


Elusive artist The Japanese House (real name Amber Bain) has become increasingly popular with her dreamy, cinematic assortment of material, largely produced by The 1975’s George Daniel and Matt Healy (with whom she shares a record label). Her experimental 80’s-influenced sound is multi-layered and thoroughly compelling, built around broken vocal samples, scatty synths and effect-drenched vocals.

Check Out: ‘Cool Blue’ and ‘Still’.


Troye Sivan


For many, Troye Sivan needs no introduction. He has appeared in films such as X-Men and the Spud trilogy and is an immensely popular YouTuber with over 3.6 million subscribers. 2015 was a significant year for him as an artist, however, in which he laid the foundations of a successful and endearing Pop career. Debut album ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ was critically acclaimed for its perfect possession of contemporary music, adolescence and sexuality. It was accompanied by three music videos which document two male friends involved in a romantic relationship and the struggles they face. With such an impressive beginning to his music career, it is likely Troye Sivan has a long and fruitful career ahead of him.

Check Out: ‘Youth’, ‘Wild’, ‘Heaven’.

 Zayn Malik


Similarly to Harry Styles, you most likely don’t require a biography on Zayn Malik. He was also a member of One Direction before leaving the group in early 2015 to ‘live like a normal 22 year old’. The subsequent months appeared troublesome for Malik, in which he called off his engagement with Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, gave multiple interviews bemoaning his time in One Direction and was involved in multiple Twitter spats. Debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ has been exceptionally well-received by critics and it appears Zayn’s decision to go it alone was a wise one.

Check Out: ‘PILLOWTALK’, ‘Its You’, ‘SHe’