BBC Music Sound of 2020 - See the Longlist on Tour!



Often regarded as one of the most sought-after acclaims in the industry for up-and-comers, the BBC Music Sound of 2020 longlist has once again been revealed. We're here to tell you a little bit about each act and where you can see them live!

Arlo Parks

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Who are they?

London-born poet, Arlo Parks, takes inspiration from Portishead and Earl Sweatshirt. Her music and poetry, described by The Guardian as "emo 2.0", began as a way to explore her own sexuality in school. By age 18, Arlo Parks had written and self-produced an album's worth of material.

 

 

Beabadoobee

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Indie singer-songwriter Beabadoobee is signed on prestigious label Dirty Hit, and has released two albums and three EPs. She was inspired by Kimya Dawson to begin making music, and since then has obtained famous fans in the form of Khalid, Jaden Smith and label-mate Matty Healy of The 1975.

 

 

Celeste

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Who are they?

This is not Celeste's first nod of acclaim in the 2020 ones-to-watch lists. Having already been named as BBC Music Introducing’s Artist of the Year, the soul singer has performed at renowned festivals around the world this year, including Glastonbury, and we're sure this is just the beginning of a prolific career.

 

 

Easy Life

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"we’ve been named as one of bbc’s sound of 2020 so maybe next year my mum will take all this seriously", tweets the Leicester-born alt band. The music that brought them this acclaim: a perfect blend of jazz, punk and groove. They're quickly acquiring a fiercely loyal following as a result, and no doubt they're about to blow up.

 

 

Georgia

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Who are they?

In our exclusive interview with Georgia earlier this year, the former pro-footballer told us that “in music, I definitely can take what I learnt from playing football”. It's this spirit, and a whole lot of talent, that has seen the electronic music producer and singer propelled into the spotlight and quickly gaining momentum.

 

 

Inhaler

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Dublin four-piece Inhaler have supported Blossoms this year, and performed at the likes of TRNSMT, Citadel, Standon Calling, and Boardmasters festivals across the summer. They join a new wave of Irish rock bands making noise in the modern music scene, alongside the likes of Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital and more.

 

 

Joy Crookes

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Joy Crookes' timeless sound and soulful voice has led to many nods from the press, noting the Bangladeshi-Irish Londoner as a 'one-to-watch' in 2019 and 2020. With the release of her third EP in May this year, and many appearances at festivals around the UK including Glastonbury, this is just the beginning...

 

 

Joesef

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Who are they?

Drawing comparisons to Amy Winehouse, soulful singer-songwriter Joesef sold out his first show before even releasing a single track. Joesef is clearly one of the most hotly anticipated artists of the last few years, and a worthy contender for BBC Sound of 2020.

 

 

Squid

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Squid have been referred to as "one of Britain’s most energetic new live guitar bands". They've been touring Europe in 2019 - a mix of club venues and international festivals - and we're certain they won't be slowing down following the releases of their excellent funk single 'The Cleaner', and EP, 'Town Centre', released in September.

 

 

Yungblud

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Yungblud is a a new breed of rock star, according to the NME. He's teamed up in the past with Machine Gun Kelly, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and pop star Halsey, and now the pop-punk prodigy is no doubt on his way to even bigger and better things.

 

 

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I'm Sarah: Digital Marketing Manager at See Tickets, Journalism graduate, and parent to two disobedient cats named after Pokémon. A life-long music fan, I flitter happily between emo, R&B, pop and alt music. As I approach 30, I can often be found complaining of back pain at gigs and festivals across the UK and beyond, or wielding my camera at any event that will have me.

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