Before they were cool: bands to watch in 2019

Music editor Dominic Lee tells you which bands are going to break out in 2019, so you can listen to them "before they were cool"

Dominic Lee
4th March 2019
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2019 is set to be a big year in music, with some incredible bands and artists looking ready to become huge.

2018 saw the likes of Sam Fender, Shame and Idles break out from the rest of the pack and 2019 looks ready to be just as good, if not better. One act that looks primed for success are Newcastle band, The Pale White. The Pale White are an alternative rock band who have had a lot of success recently and will be playing This is Tomorrow supporting Foals in May. Their latest single “Medicine” has a very Royal Blood-esque sound bass riff and, as usual, features a catchy chorus which is becoming a common feature in their recent work.

It looks likely that punk will continue to trend upwards in 2019


London based indie-pop outfit Sea Girls are also an exciting act to look out for in 2019, having recently played Newcastle on February 28th. The band were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2019 award, eventually won by rapper Octavian, and are famed for their incredible live performances. The band have a Bastille-esque sound which is primed for chart success and are playing at a number of festivals this summer including Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival.

Similarly, Brighton band Chappaqua Wrestling have been gaining a great deal of media support from Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. The band have been compared to the Beach Boys with their blend of West Coast acoustic sounds mixed with pop and were recently invited to record two tracks at the famous Abbey Road studios in London. Chappaqua Wrestling will be playing at Live at Leeds this summer and with more material coming it should be a great show.

2018 saw punk return in a big way with Shame and Idles leading the way. 2019 could well carry on this trend with Irish punk rockers Fontaines D.C. and recorded their debut album last summer which has yet to be released. The band make use of their heritage with their distinctive Irish brogue featuring throughout their tracks. Fontaines D.C. are also playing TRNSMT festival this summer amongst others, so it looks likely that punk will continue to trend upwards in 2019.

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