Twelve New Acts for 2020
Every year new acts emerge; some are derivative, some are disappointing and some take your breath away. This year has been no exception. We have selected ten acts that we feel have made their mark in 2019 and who we hope will reach beyond Wales in the year ahead. Some are brand new and some have been around for a while but for all of them we feel the timing is now right.
We first saw this band at their debut gig back in May and were immediately swept away to the extent that we released their debut EP in September. Are we biased? Damned right, but that’s precisely why we signed them. The world beckons for Blackelvis.
Beano Naboo & The Real Keepers
The band features Sean O’Brien who made his name as a solo indie folk act a few years back. The band provides a stunning backdrop for Sean’s superb vocals. Yet to release any material, the band are beginning to gain ground as a live act and have some superb songs to their name already.
Undoubtedly Telgate are one of the most exciting and viscerally energetic bands that have emerged from Wales this year. They recently released their debut single ‘Cherrytight’ which was produced by Thomas Rees from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and are beginning to play sell out gigs. They describe their music as ‘aggro glam’. Dull they are not!
The members of Sister Bodhi are not new to the music scene in wales. However, the collaboration of these two fine singers and song writers is a stunning combination. The duo formed out of an inebriated jam at a late night session at Tenby Blues Festival, 2017. They were booked for the main stage the following year, based on their immediate bond, unique style, and soulful connection.
Solo singers with acoustic guitars aren’t exactly uncommon. However, Ophelia Xerri has that certain magic something that marks her out as special. A distinctive voice, some promising original songs and a socially conscious personality that you can’t resist.
He grew up in Australia before moving to Porthcawl and this year released one of the best and catchiest indie pop tunes of the year with “Take Me for a Ride”. There’s plenty more where that came from so don’t be too surprised if you hear Sonny Winnebago all over your radio in 2020.
Formerly known as NonameDisciple Deyah has been gaining a reputation for the past few years including festival appearances and radio plays. In 2019, she was added to BBC Introducing’s Hot List for International Women’s Day and her album ‘Lover Loner’ was short listed for the prestigious Welsh Music Prize.
Otto aka Christian Punter is a graduate of the Forte Project 2018. Seeking inspiration from the local community Otto asked people to send him letters with their stories and memories. The resulting ep included “Boxer” a world class song which received numerous radio plays. With songs of this quality he should extend his reach beyond Wales in 2020.
Proving that there is a huge amount of talent beyond Cardiff Pastel are from Swansea have been building a live reputation over the past year. They have released a series of fine singles including the nascent classic ‘Nothing to do’. Alongside the likes of Bandicoot and Soundwire the band are proving that there are a multitude of acts in Wales worth seeing beyond the principality.
The Honest Poet
The Honest Poet aka Jamêe Summers is a South Wales based singer songwriter, who has unique soulful vocals which emanates raw emotion and passion. Drawing his inspiration from his life, cultivating each story from an honest viewpoint.
It’s early days for this band from South Wales but they already sound and look as though they were born to play festivals and arenas. They have already worked with Richard Jackson who produced the likes of The Automatic, Super Furry Animals and Duffy and their single ‘Loosen Up’ shows great promise.
Hip Hop is one of those genres that is really easy to do really badly. Conrad Stone already sounds like he’s on the verge of being master of his craft. This combined with some strong musical backing makes him a real prospect for the future.