Ones to Watch in 2023!

2022 has been a year of big names and break out stars. From the huge variety of talent in the underground music scene putting out albums, collaborating with already established names, and delivering incredible live performances, we're confident that 2023 is going to be packed full of new names.

In preparation for the new year, we've taken on the challenge of compiling a shortlist of who we think we'll be seeing a lot more of in 2023 - and the good news is they're all set to play across the UK with tickets on sale now!

Maja Lena

On new album 'Pluto', Maja Lena journeys from the pastoral to the cosmic. Her increasing fascination with science fiction and the icy, electronic soundscapes of 1980s Japanese cinema and video game music, particularly that of Joe Hisaishi of Studio Ghibli have been key touchstones on her new material, and you can catch it live in 2023.

Tickets for Maja Lena's UK tour in 2023 are on sale now!

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milk. have quickly become a buzzing new act to see live in the UK and Ireland, selling out the Camden Assembly in London and Academy 2 in Dublin. The band supported Orla Gartland on her recent summer tour in Ireland. 'Human Contact' is the second single off their forthcoming project coming early 2023 right before they kick off their next headline tour.

Don't miss out on their UK tour kicking off in February 2023!

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Bawo is a west London-based artist of Nigerian heritage who reflects on his upbringing and the diversity of life in the capital city in his music. Drawing influence from a myriad of genres, he makes borderless and imaginative hip hop that incorporates a variety of different sounds. He dropped latest single 'Same Team' earlier this year.

Tickets for Bawo's March 2023 tour are on sale now.

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Black Honey

For two albums, Brighton quartet Black Honey, consisting of firebrand frontwoman Izzy Bee Phillips, guitarist Chris Ostler, bassist Tommy Taylor and drummer Alex Woodward have been living in a glitter-specked, sepia-tinged magic kingdom of their own making, and it’s undeniably served them well. You can see the results in the front row of any Black Honey show with dedicated fans presenting in all forms that embrace the band’s message of acceptance.

Don't miss out on catching Black Honey live as they tour the UK in March and April 2023!

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The Mary Wallopers

The Mary Wallopers are a folk group from Dundalk, Ireland breathing new life into both well known & rare ballads. Travelling the length & breadth of the country singing & collecting songs, they exude a raw energy that could be described as the Clancy Brothers meet John Lydon. The rabble-rousing folk band follow up their first UK tour - where all dates sold out, including London’s Electric Ballroom - with a series of bigger shows across the country in 2023!

Don't miss out! Catch The Mary Wallopers at one of their UK shows next May!

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Lizzy McAlpine

Folk/pop singer songwriter Lizzy McAlpine is set to perform in Manchester and London in summer 2023! From collaborating with Jacob Collier and John Mayer to releasing her newest album 'five seconds flat', Lizzy McAlpine has come a long way from the suburbs of Philidelphia.

Make sure you grab tickets to one of her shows next year!

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Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades is the stage name of Dutch singer/songwriter Annelotte de Graaf. Her music career began when she started solo recording in New York using savings from when she was a teenager. Her debut album 'Fading Lines' caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings. This year, she released two more singles, 'Odd to Even' and 'Just Like Me'.

Amber Arcades are playing at Southampton and Liverpool in January and February next year. Don't miss out!

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The Anchoress

Welsh songwriter and producer The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies) has created a one-woman sonic vision on her 2nd album, The Art of Losing. It racked up a wave of critical acclaim, as well as landing a UK Top 40 album chart position and nomination for the Welsh Music Prize, with Elton John calling it “one of my favourite records of the year”.

Grab your tickets for her 2023 UK tour here!

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Formed in Essex, Bilk consists of frontman Sol Abrahams, completed by bassist Luke Hare and drummer Harry Gray. They blend a unique mix of indie, rap and punk, with a good helping of social commentary, reflecting on the highs and lows of British youth culture today. Their latest release is EP 'Just Don't Work For Me' released earlier in December 2022.

Catch Bilk live as they tour the UK in February 2023!

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Hamish Hawk

With the release of 'Heavy Elevator' in September 2021, Edinburgh-based Hamish Hawk established himself as a writer of heartfelt, headstrong, unashamedly literate songs to stimulate both pulse and psyche. Now, Hawk is set to release his newest album 'Angel Numbers' February 2023, an apt title for an artist who bounces between scepticism and wonder, as well as a UK tour to go along with it!

Hamish Hawk tours the UK in February 2023.

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Michael Aldag

Rising breakthrough artist Michael Aldag has had a very successful year since signing to UK based record label 3 Beat in 2021. At his core, Aldag is a classic singer-songwriter. However, underneath this there are contemporary beats as well as an accessible 80s synthpop vibe that adds fresh dimensions to a familiar sound. He is acutely aware of the power that music has to bring people together – those shared experiences of joy and sorrow, which reflects in his music brilliantly.

Keep an eye on Michael Aldag's new singles and grab a ticket for one of his shows in May 2023!

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