Rising stars taking centre stage in 2020

Written by Jen Degnan / March 06, 2020

Are you the first to know the next big thing in music before it happens? Then you won’t want to miss these exciting artists making huge soundwaves ✨

Ella Eyre

Where: Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol

When: 27 May-3 June

Why: With a double platinum number one single, BRIT award and two MOBOs, Ella has rapidly risen to stardom since releasing her debut album Feline in 2015. Her latest single, empowering hit New Me, dropped in February and has already racked up more than 1m views on YouTube.

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Where: O2 Ritz Manchester and The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

When: 2-3 September

Why: This throwback pop queen was trailblazing from the tender age of 13, becoming the youngest solo artist to top the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart with Leave (Get Out) back in 2004. Sixteen years later, she’s announced her new album Good To Know will be out this spring and she’s back performing in the UK. Catch us singing along down at the front!

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Becky Hill

Where: Venues across the UK + Dublin Academy

When: 11 November-3 December

Why: Becky Hill’s sultry, soulful voice was first catapulted into the limelight when she became a fan favourite on the first series of The Voice UK. Her unique, captivating vocals were then sought out by dance artists, including Rudimental and Wilkinson. In 2019 she released her compilation album Get To Know featuring past hits and new songs, all recorded between 2013 and 2019. The star is currently on the road supporting The Script and heads out on her biggest ever headline tour later this year!

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Rina Sawayama

Where: Glasgow, Birmingham and London

When: 14-21 May

Why: The London-based artist recently released the incredible 90s-inspired music video for Comme Des Garçons ahead of the launch of her debut studio album Sawayama, due out in April, and we absolutely LOVE it! Rina’s work so far has widely been met with critical acclaim from titles including Noisey and Dazed and Confused. 

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Emily Burns

Where: Intimate venues across the UK

When: 17 March-1 May

Why: The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter has a prime spot on our list of ones to watch in 2020. Emily Burns has already developed a cult following with her switched-on pop featuring vulnerable lyrics and melodies that’ll get stuck in your head. Catch her this spring on her biggest headline tour yet!

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Where: Camden Assembly

When: 3 March

Why: You may have spotted Norwegian singer-songwriter iris supporting AURORA last year on tour – it’d be impossible to forget her signature ethereal vocals. If you haven’t listened to her latest E.P Femme Florale, described by Wonderland Magazine as feeling "confident and celebratory, like the turn of a new chapter for iris", we’d highly recommend you get on that! Then see her headline Camden Assembly!   

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Ellie Taylor

Where: Ellie Taylor: Don’t Got This is coming to venues across the UK

When: 9 May-19 June

Why: You’ll no doubt have spotted Ellie all over the telly in the last few years. She’s been manning the newsdesk on The Mash Report, hosting Live At The Apollo and recording her own Netflix special. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most exciting stars on the circuit when she heads on her UK tour.

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The Big Moon 

Where: Supporting Kings of Leon at Finsbury Park & headlining O2 Institute2 Birmingham

When: 28 June & 28 October

Why: Their first album Love In The 4th Dimension released in 2017 earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination, credited for breathing new life into the indie genre. The London-based quartet surprised Glasto 2019 revellers with a secret set, debuting material from their sophomore album, hook-laden Walking Like We Do. We’ve had it on repeat!

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Arlo Parks

Where: Intimate venues across the UK with most shows sold out – tickets are still available for YES Manchester

When: 9 March

Why: Inspired by Portishead and Earl Sweatshirt, Arlo Parks’ songs are confessional and tender. The 19-year-old poet/singer was included in the nominations for BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll. Discover Arlo’s enticing sound that has captured critics’ attention on her tour.

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Where: Heaven in London

When: 26 May

Why: Turning her love for words into vivid verses complemented by flawless flow, Saweetie has rapidly risen to hip hop fame after the viral success of Icy Girl in 2017.  Not stopping there, Icy is also an actress and designer, recently debuting her collaboration with PrettyLittleThing.

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