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10 Up-And-Coming British Bands To Know
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10 Up-And-Coming British Bands To Know

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Updated: 8 December 2016
Discover ten up-and-coming bands – from Glasgow-born synth-pop trio Prides to Kent-based punk rockers Slaves – that are currently taking the British music scene by storm.

Spring King

Fronted by producer and mix engineer Tarek Musa, Spring King are a four-piece hailing from Manchester who burst onto the scene with their upbeat garage-rock anthems in 2012. Spring King’s debut single Mumma, released in early 2014, received rave reviews from the likes of British music press mainstay NME Magazine and debut EP Demons gained airplay from BBC Radio DJs Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq. With a second EP and a UK tour with Aussie indie rocker Courtney Barnett under their belt and their latest single “City” becoming the first song ever played on Apple’s new radio station Beats 1, Spring King’s profile looks set to soar.


Kent punks Slaves are guitarist Laurie Vincent and drummer Isaac Holman – a raw, stripped back duo whose abrasive, energetic sound is making waves in the UK music press. Sugar Coated Bitter Truth, Slaves’ 2012 EP, was a typically brief punk debut featuring the 15-second-long fan favourite “Girl Fight” and – thanks the duo’s relentless gigging – by 2014, Slaves were signed to Virgin EMI Records and playing a slot on BBC2’s Later…with Jools Holland. 2015 looks set to be their biggest year yet: after a sold-out UK headline tour in May, Slaves released their debut album Are You Satisfied? the following month and recently announced a second UK tour taking place in November.


Described by Guardian music journalist Paul Lester as ‘darkly scintillating disco pop’, Nimmo – a London five-piece fronted by vocalists and childhood friends Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett – are hotly tipped as the British music scene’s next big thing. Already familiar faces on London’s gigging circuit, the band have found fans among the city’s scenesters with model Agyness Deyn directing the video to their 2013 track Change. Now signed to Columbia Records, the band are set to release their debut album this year and fans of Nimmo’s brand of dark pop can catch the band on tour throughout the UK in September.

Real Lies

Lauded as one of London’s best up-and-coming electro pop outfits, Real Lies (trio Kev Kharas, Tom Watson and Pat King) have been making a name for themselves over the past two years. With a string of singles, they embody a sound described by their label, Marathon Artists, as ‘what it is to be young, locked in and somehow adrift in Britain today’. Named one of DJ Zane Lowe’s ‘Future 15 of 2015’, Real Lies will release their debut full-length album Real Life – produced by Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy, also known as production duo Local Hero – this coming October and follow up with a five date UK headline tour.


North London four-piece Gengahr – frontman Felix Bushe, guitar virtuoso John Victor, bassist Hugh Schu