A 19 yr old singer songwriter from Scunthorpe, was selected for the Higher Rhythm Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018. Joe developed as an artist, turning out a self-recorded EP with a fair label of ‘lo-fi dream pop anthems’ being attached.
Gathering a list of 9k fans, playing gigs across the region and selling his music in 62 countries, perhaps Joe’s own description of “a reet ole year” summarises how things have gone for him on 2018.
Is a singer-songwriter based in the north of England. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Dermot Kennedy, Billie Marten and Bruce Springsteen – coupled with her own experiences with teen-hood and relationships – she has captivated audiences with her soulful and original storytelling. With a vocal delivery often compared with Florence Welch, and a delicate but powerful musical backdrop to support, Fiona’s songs have regionally made an impact, and has earned her support slots for Scouting For Girls, and Seth Lakeman.
Fiona has played a number of prestigious festivals including Humber Street Sesh, Cornucopia and Beverley Folk Festival, and is now gigging regularly in the North.
Is a 19-year-old performing musician from Sheffield, England who has been active in the local music scene since around 2012 in various bands and capacities. He has played clarinet and keyboard up and down the country in local indie-folk groups The Silver Darlings, The 1 O’Clock Sirens and Simba, including at the popular local Big Boulder Festival. The last 2 years has seen his own project The Meadows, based on songwriting influenced by Pulp/Prefab Sprout/Two Door Cinema Club and his unsettling, entertaining front-man performances, become an established act in the Sheffield scene, achieving a solid social media/Spotify presence and playing slots at the 02 Academy and Tramlines supporting the likes of The Academic and Oddity Road.
Is a singer-songwriter from Chesterfield. She fuses soft, idiosyncratic guitar tones with distinctive vocals that gravitate towards indie tendencies yet sit comfortably within jazz and folk spheres as well. Imaginary sonic love child of the likes of Kevin Morby and Joni Mitchell, Redford-Jones is without doubt one to watch for 2019. Her second single, Bonjour Madame, recorded in Nashville Tennessee was released in May, and having gained the support of BBC Introducing she was recently announced as a winner of the Drake Yolanda Award for emerging artists.
Netherlands-born, Sheffield-based LIO has taken the stage supporting acts such as Estrons, Skinny Pelembe, Slow Club, Our Girl and Orchards. In 2018 LIO launched as a full band, further building her eclectic sound compared to the likes of Florence and the Machine and Daughter. They have quickly gathered momentum through festival appearances (Liverpool Sound City, Tramlines, Y Not Festival), radio play (Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing) and their O2 Academy Sheffield debut supporting King No-One.
Dan has vowed to shed the Indie aesthetic of his hometown. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Sparklehorse, Lou Reed and Amy Winehouse, he is already captivating his mum, his nan and his 7 Soundcloud followers with his unique and brutally honest take on love and loss.