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TicketWeb: Ones To Watch 2016

Many people wish they could predict the future, in reality it’d be a bloody nightmare. That said, there’s nothing wrong with getting a bit of a heads up on some new music that might turn out to really be your jam. With that in mind, we’d like to present the TicketWeb Ones To Watch for 2016. It’s our take on who we reckon are filling your ears and progressively bigger venues in 2016. Over the past couple of years we’ve backed some real crackers, a few under appreciated gems and the odd dud. Well, you can’t get it right every time can you? This year’s list features artists from right across the musical spectrum so there should be something to float everyone’s boat – if not, we’re sorry, there’s no hope for you. In no particular order, please meet our class of 2016…

Rat Boy

Who are they:

Inspired by skate culture Rat Boy is fast becoming the voice of a generation. His sharp and witty lyrics capture a rebellious side of music that has gone missing in recent years. The 19 year old has recently been on tour with The 1975.

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For fans of: The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Blur  

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The Big Moon

Who are they:
The Big Moon are one of the coolest bands to come out of London in a long time. The quartet write the kind of music that makes you want to quit your job and start a band. They kick off 2016 on tour with The Maccabees.

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For fans of: Wolf Alice, Pixies, Beach Baby

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Izzy Bizu

Who are they: South London’s Izzy Bizu has had an incredible end to 2015. She toured with Foxes around the UK and picked up a Brit award nomination. Izzy honed her soulful voice in open mic nights around London and heads out on her biggest ever headline tour in January.

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For fans of: Elli Ingram, Sinead Harnett, Ella Eyre

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Creeper

Who are they: Signed to Roadrunner Records the Southampton gloom punks have been making waves in recent months. Their Callous Heart EP gained rave reviews, helping them secure support slots with the likes of Twin Atlantic, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Neck Deep.

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For fans of: AFI, Alkaline Trio

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Petite Meller 

Who are they: Brilliantly eccentric Parisian pop star who makes super catchy tunes. Hit the mainstream with track ‘Baby Love’. Lorde has declared herself a fan.

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For fans of: Jess Glynne, Tove Lo, Tove Stryke

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Fickle Friends


Who are they: From Brighton, the five piece write 80s inspired synth pop. The currently unsigned band have amassed an impressive following, and their live shows are best described as one big party.

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For fans of: CHVRCHES, Prides, Years & Years

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Blossoms

Who are they: Stockport’s Blossoms have released one of the year’s catchiest tunes with ‘Charlemagne.’ Supported relentlessly by 6 Music and Radio 1, the five piece embrace their Greater Manchester heritage and aim to replicate the regions success stories.

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For fans of: The Stone Rose, The Wytches, 

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Aquilo


Who are they: Aquilo consists of duo Tom and Ben and hail from the Lake District. Signed to Island Records the pair have released three EPs so far, each earning Aquilo more and more deserved attention. They played a stunning set at TicketWeb’s CMJ showcase earlier in the year and are currently putting together their much anticipated debut album.

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For fans of: Lapsley, Oh Wonder, Honne 

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Loyle Carner

Who are they: Born and raised in London, Loyle Carner writes deeply emotive hip-hop in his own laid back style. Not one who is too shy to wear his heart on his sleeve, the rapper has been growing a reputation as a must see live act. His next London show in February is already sold out.

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For fans of: Rejjie Snow, Stormzy, Drake

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All photos by Mike Massaro, except Rat Boy and Fickle Friends

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