Ones to watch 2018 – the hottest new bands of the new year

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With 2017 coming to an end, it is time to take a look at those new bands and artists who have a promising year ahead of them. We have compiled a list of ones to watch for the year 2018 for you to enjoy.

01. Pale Waves

From: Manchester, for fans of: The 1975, The Cure

Ones to watch 2018: Pale Waves – Television Romance

The Manchester quartet are undoubtedly one of the buzziest bands that 2017 has spawned. After being taken in by British tastemaker label Dirty Hit, Pale Waves supported label mates The 1975 on their respective tours. Matt Healy and George Daniel also produced their first two single, There’s A Honey and Television Romance. With their debut EP New Year’s Eve slated for January release, Pale Waves are bound for success in 2018.

02. Marsicans

From: Leeds, for fans of: Hippo Campus, Jaws, Two Door Cinema Club

Ones to watch 2018: Marsicans – Too Good

Marsicans are a four piece from the north of England. The band have made themselves a name in 2017 while touring with Hippo Campus, Clean Cut Kid, Catfish & The Bottlemen as well as Jaws. Marsicans will head out on a headline tour in March 2018 in support of their latest single Throw Ourselves In.

03. Touts

From: Derry, NIR, for fans of: The Clash, The Ramones, Cabbage

Ones to watch 2018: Touts – Bombscare

Punk’s not dead! “Touts will be shot” an all to familiar slogan on the walls of Northern Irelands which has now been reclaimed by a rising Irish punk band from consisting of teenagers Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan and Luke McLaughlin. With two EPs under their belt, Touts have supported the likes of Kasabian & Liam Gallagher and have a UK tour coming up in February.

04. Sam Vance-Law

From: Edmonton, Canada, for fans of: Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens

Ones to watch 2018: Sam Vance-Law – Prettyboy

Sam Vance-Law grew up on classical music and joined the New College Choir in Oxford as a boy. It was only when he returned to his homeland Canada to study that he discovered pop music. Now resididing in Berlin, Vance-Law will release his debut album HOMOTOPIA on March 2nd, that tells the story of a gay man’s world in the 21st century.

05. The Academic

From: Mullingar, IRL, for fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Viola Beach, The Wombats

Ones to watch 2018: The Academic – Bear Claws

The Academic are pop rock four piece from Ireland who have had quite a busy year supporting The Kooks on their European tour. Their debut album Tales From The Backseat arrives on January 12th and features singles Bear Claws, Permanent Vacation, and Why Can’t We Be Friends? – All of which gained massive radio airplay over the past few months.

06. Bloxx

From: Uxbridge, for fans of: Black Honey, Wolf Alice

Ones to watch 2018: Bloxx – Coke

Bloxx are a female fronted rock four piece from Uxbridge, who released their debut double A-side single You / Your Boyfriend on Chess Club earlier this year. Their latest single, Coke, has garnered radio support from the likes of Annie Mac and Stephe Hughs. Bloxx have been revealed as the main support act for the upcoming Pale Waves UK tour.

07. Stereo Honey

From: London, for fans of: New Desert Blues, Nothing But Thieves

Ones to watch 2018: Stereo Honey – Through The Dark

London quartet Stereo Honey have an obvious love for anthemic rock and cinematic soundscapes. The band have just dropped their Monuments EP and have been confirmed for The Great Escape and Eurosonic. More dates and hopefully a full length will be revealed come 2018.

08. IDER

From: London, for fans of: Shura, The Japanese House

Ones to watch 2018: IDER – Body Love

London pop duo IDER was formed by friends Lily and Megan in their bedrom in North London in 2016. Their debut track Sorry caught the attention of songwriter and producer Shura, who went onto produce Does She Even Know from their eventual debut EP Gut Me Like An Animal. The girls have recently announced their biggest headline date thus far at Rich Mix Cinema in London on 18 March 2018.

09. Press Club

From: Melbourne, AUS, for fans of:

Ones to watch 2018: Press Club – My Body Is Changing

There seems to be no end to phantastic music coming out of Australia these days. Press Club are no exception to that rule and have impressed us with their recent banger of a single My Body’s Changing. Press Club have recently played their second ever headline show in their hometown of Melbourne. Fingers crossed we’ll see them over in the UK and Europe next year.

10. Sam Fender

From: Newcastle, for fans of: Hozier, James Blake, Skinny Living

Ones to watch 2018: Sam Fender – Play God

Sam Fender is a guy with something to say. Insteaf of writing love songs, he sings about government surveillance, fake news and sexual harassment among other things. With a voice beyond his years and an album in the making, Fender is heading for well deserved success in 2018.

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