Annie Mac is Radio 1’s Queen of dance music. On Friday nights from 7pm-10pm over 1 million listeners tune in to hear Annie kick-start the weekend with her dazzling selection of the best new dance music. Outside of her radio career, Mac is also one of the most in demand DJs right now, having graced the decks at some of the world’s best clubs and festivals including Space Ibiza and Manchester’s Warehouse Project. Her Annie Mac Presents (AMP) brand has gone from strength to strength, putting on some of the most exciting parties around, whilst also helping to transform artists like Disclosure and Rudimental into household names.
Years and Years
Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg blends the melodious, working-class swagger of the La’s and the primal, bluesy simplicity of the White Stripes with the wry, weathered romanticism of Jens Lekman. Born in Nottingham, Bugg picked up the guitar at the age of 12, and within a year he was composing his own songs. Working his way through the ranks of support slots through to headline status, Jake Bugg has also released 3 albums and won a Brit award, all before the age of 23!
Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas, is a London-born Britishfolk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her career began after being introduced to various musicians and singer Paloma Faith, for whom she sang backing vocals.
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Jungle (DJ Set)
Many people will already be aware of Jungle in their full band form: a central creative core of exceptional London-based producers, songwriters and frontmen J and T, who would expand to a thrilling seven piece band to perform live. Their one (eponymous) album to date was released in 2014 to huge acclaim – a mesmeric, future-facing, modern soul record that was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize while selling over 100,000 copies in the UK alone. At the same time, Jungle have built a parallel burgeoning career as exemplary DJs and impeccable curators. It’s a direction which has allowed J and T to explore a whole world of more club-focused sounds, showcasing a kaleidoscopic away of electronic influences while absorbing the wide eyed euphoria of the dancefloor. Initially building their name on the DJ scene by throwing a series of parties over the last two years with much respected London promoters Percolate, Jungle have since shared DJ line ups with a who’s who of contemporary club culture including Leon Vynehall, Ben UFO and Midland. Meanwhile, the duo have released mixes for Giles Peterson and Solid Steel, and helmed an influential Spotify ‘In Residence’ series to widespread acclaim.
Brighton 5-piece, Fickle Friends first caught people’s attention in 2014 when their debut single ‘SWIM’ amassed over 750,000 Soundcloud plays After becoming HypeMachine’s 25th most blogged artist of 2014, the band have also received acclaim from Zane Lowe, Billboard & BBC Introducing.
Crazy P (Live)
Seven albums, a career spanning 20 years and yet Crazy P remain stronger and more relevant than ever. Funny how the tides of time turn, and how the sounds of a typically British type of house and disco are now more du jour then ever before. Way before the rise in prominence of disco, house and soulful pop Crazy P have spearheaded the revival (and perpetuation) of these sounds since 1997.
Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, Parcels are a five piece who blend contemporary electronica with matured disco funk.
After featuring on tracks by Gorgon City and Wookie, Zak Abel has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting singer song-writers in the UK right now.
Bedford born Singer Songwriter Tom Grennan first found fame as a guest vocalist on Chase and Status’, ‘When It All Goes Wrong’. The feature brought Grennan into the public spotlight appearing on Later.. With Jools Holland and in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Moxie is many things: a Londoner born and bred, raised on raving and records; a seasoned DJ, playing big-room clubs and sweatbox basements worldwide; a charming radio host, as at home on national FM as regional stations and independent start-ups. It’s this balancing act between the underground and the mainstream that’s seen her become one of the UK’s hottest DJs. Refusing to be pigeonholed into one particular sound, Moxie’s sets navigate the entire dance music spectrum from vintage disco cuts to the harder sounds of break-beat and techno.
Pumarosa are a five-piece band from London, whose music has been described as “industrial spiritual” and brings together the brooding, heavier songwriting of PJ Harvey or Patti Smith with the groove-led and nocturnal electronics of The Knife and Cocteau Twins.
Shame, five 19-year-old’s building their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London, are already cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard before heading off to Pitchfork Paris – not bad considering they hadn’t even released a single.
IDER are Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, two friends based in North London whose blend of soaring pop and delicate electronics took 2016 by storm. Emerging first with their smoky R&B tinted debut ‘Sorry’, IDER quickly enticed fans such as stellar songwriter and producer Shura and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens. The duo followed up ‘Sorry’ with a vulnerable, perfectly poised second cut called ‘Pulse’, drawing comparisons to London Grammar and FKA twigs.
Everything Everything are a band who are on a never-ending quest to bring experimentation and creative ambition back to pop music.
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The 2 Bears
The 21 year old musician has just made history by becoming the first independent UK rapper to appear on Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list in their inaugural European edition (alongside John Boyega, Adele + Ed Sheeran), describing her as “one of the world’s finest young rappers”
Roots Manuva became a major player in UK music with his contribution to UK tours such as the Gorillaz album and one with almost unique longevity in a genre in which people usually produce one or two great albums and then vanish.
A U.K.-based MC whose beats and flow brim with drowsy anxiety, Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) became involved with music while attending university. He was a member of a grime collective but eventually gravitated toward a less energetic production sound and MC’ing style,