Ones to Watch 2022

After a phenomenal year of music in 2021 we saw a load of our favourite bands do amazing things and we’re excited to see even more bands give us even more great music. So hear it is, our list of the bands that we think are going to do big, big things this year, you’ll notice there’s not Wet Leg or Yard Act, but if you’re not watching them already where have you been!?

Chappaqua Wrestling 
Based in Stockport these guys have had a really good start both single wise and live, and with 2022 bringing more music from them we can only be excited to see what they have in store for us. (Jimmy)

Anorak Patch

Teenage icons Anorak Patch seemed to burst into the room and taken complte control. Indie-Punk with jagged edges and splashed in colour they slot perfectly into this exciting post-indie secne that’s gripping the country right now. With an average age of about 16, they’re a band with no fear and the whole world at their feet. (Jake)

Afflecks Palace

If you want an ode to all things Manchester then Afflecks Palace tick every single box right down to their name! It’s quite evident that their city is a huge part of their identity and that’s carried right through into their music. It’s as though their jingle jangle riffs and psychedelic sounds have been locked up in a time capsule and reborn in the modern era, sprinkling nostalgia everywhere they go. With a Tim’s Twitter Listening Party under their belt after the release of their debut album “What Do You Mean It’s Not Raining” (no doubt a salute to their beloved city) as well as a 2021 tour of packed out venues, you would be daft not to keep an eye out for these guys this year. (Dani)

Pennine Suite
York based 5 piece ‘Pennine Suite’ have only just jumped onto the scene but with York needing young and exciting bands you can see these guys taking the city by storm.  (Jimmy)

Ace Ambrose

Next up is rising rock star, Ace Ambrose who has presented us with a very eclectic collection of songs throughout her releases which I think really shows off a diverse range of talent. From ethereal sounding synths, to rockabilly riffs and poetically dark lyrics, Ace knows how to experiment with music. Her imagination is wild, captivating and inspiring, particularly in songs such as the dystopian Doomsayer and the powerfully poetic, Resuscitate Me. Ace’s songs are vibrant in lyrical content and setting which I think makes her a neo-glam-punk icon of the 2020s and definitely one to watch this year. (Dani)

Youth Sector

One of my favourite finds of last year, Youth Sector are just pure energy. Like having a panic attack and the most fun you’ve ever had in your entire life at the same time. Somewhere between DEVO and Talking Heads it’s hight powered alternative pop for the people. (Jake)

The Royston Club
I reckon these lads are going to be massive. That’s it.  (Jimmy)

The AV Club

There is only one way for this band and it’s onwards and upwards. Warrington quartet, The AV Club have one of the most infectious formulas in their songs and I would absolutely love to hear them on a Stranger Things soundtrack with those glittering synths and basslines. They certainly haven’t gone unnoticed this year with a shout out form BBC Introducing, a slot at RivFest 2021 and ending the year on the bill supporting the neighbouring Leigh legends; The Lottery Winners! If that’s how they’re ending 2021, I’m excited to see what this year brings for them. (Dani)

Kid Kapichi
After releasing their debut album last year these guys are only going from strength to strength.  (Jimmy)

Polly

‘Cowboy Grunge’ inspidered by Spagethi Western soundtracks, polly sound is haunting and energetic at the same time. Sleek guitars and adictive melodies, it’s like indie rock that’s been dragged backwards through a saloon with a shit of bourbon on the side. (Jake)

Bandit

My penultimate pick for 2022 is the chaotically fun four-piece from Liverpool, Bandit. These boys bulldozed their way through the last 12 months and they show no sign of losing any momentum now. They have a complete catalogue of anthem-worthy, instant hits that will have you throwing your pints in the air to those hypnotic riffs and chanting along to those catchy hooks. After being played on Radio 1, supporting Red Rum Club and performing at Liverpool Sound City, I’m sure the highlight of their 2021 was being played on…Made In Chelsea. Seriously though, these guys are something special and are not ones to be missed. (Dani)

Talk Show
After a successful festival season this band really made an impression on a lot of people and i imagine their new songs are going to be on another level.  (Jimmy)

VELMA

Based between the two great music cities of Manchester and Liverpool the all girl rock trio come complete with big riffs and bigger attitude. Their debut ‘Rina’ saw them gain praise from the likes of This Feeling and a truckload of great gigs. (Jake)

Crawlers

You have to give all of these artists credit for taking this pandemic head on and keeping themselves going no matter what. 2021 was certainly a make or break for musicians as venues slowly creaked open their doors with the unpredictable shadow of coronavirus lurking behind the backstage curtains. But the one band that has been everywhere for me has got to be north-west rockers, Crawlers. They have completely skyrocketed in the last 12 months with a sell out debut tour and epically jumping from the Viola Beach Stage to The Main Stage at Neighbourhood Weekender for 2022 where they’ll be joined by giants such as DMAs and Courteeners. Their dark, twisty and heavy riffs combined with Holly Minto’s hypnotic vocals give it the perfect breath of fresh punk rock air with a flawless and edgy attitude to match. They’re a band for the mosh pit, folks so I’d recommend you keep your shiny new Vans at home and jump straight in the crowd and get stuck in.  (Dani)

Swim School

Fuzzy, shoegaze-indie pop the Scottish band had an explosive 2021 but I’ve got a feeling that 2022 is gonna be even better. Finding their sound somewhere in the void between Best Coast and Dinosaur Jr. they’re the cool grunge kids hanging out at the beach with the best taste in music you wanna be friends with. Dynamic and heart felt with moreish riffs that are getting us so excited for what’s next. (Jake)

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