Five bands to watch in 2016

Ollie Smith 12 January 2016

The annual period of musical speculation is upon us once again. Here are five bands tipped for big things in 2016:

Spring King
This Manchester-based foursome made a name for themselves supporting Slaves on tour last autumn and they appear to have a learnt a thing or two from Laurie and Isaac, because the guitar riffs on their latest single, 'Who Are You', are certainly a force to be reckoned with. They are likely to give the likes of The Vaccines and Catfish and the Bottlemen a run for their money in 2016’s charts, and are starting the year as they mean to go on with a UK tour in February.

Sundara Karma
If you listened to Radio One at all last autumn, you would no doubt have heard Sundara Karma’s 'Vivienne' being played almost on loop. This attention was well-deserved; the band are a refreshing addition to Britain’s indie scene, with their joyous lyrics and uplifting melodies capable of brightening up any essay writing session. Although yet to release an album, their EP, EP II, is available on iTunes now and they are playing The Portland Arms on 28th February – tickets are still on sale.

Let’s Eat Grandma
The music of this sister duo from Norfolk is as unnerving as their name. All I can do is urge you to YouTube their single 'Deep Six Textbook' and experience their hauntingly beautiful melodies and ethereal instrumentals for yourself. With artists such as Soak and Grimes making a splash in 2015, there is surely a gap in the 2016 market for a young alternative female band, and Let’s Eat Grandma are in pole position to fill it. Aged just sixteen, it’s still very early days for Rosa and Jenny, but their 2016 certainly looks promising.

The xx
Yes, they’ve already had their ‘big break’, but Jamie xx is reuniting with his bandmates Oliver and Romy in 2016 to release The xx’s third album, which is as yet untitled. The band claim to be feeling more “free” this year than ever before, and so we can hope to hear something new and exciting on this album. Considering the hype surrounding the release of Jamie xx’s 'In Colour' last summer, there is no doubt that we will be hearing a lot more about The xx as 2016 progresses.

NME predict that this London-based supergroup will be “the new Jungle,” and their latest single, Priestess, definitely lives up to these expectations. Their new wave sound will go down a treat at festivals in the summer, and I foresee their music featuring on many a revision playlist this spring.

If all else fails, stick to what you know: Busted are doing a UK comeback tour this spring and plan to release their third album in late 2016. Please try to contain your excitement.