Every year, the BBC release a list of acts who they believe will make the next 12 months their own. Acts who are destined for big things, who have something about them that make them stand out from the crowd. Initially starting as the longlist, they are then whittled down to a Top 5 (the shortlist), before a winner is crowned. Previous champions include: Years & Years, Jack Garratt, Sam Smith, Haim and many more. The longlist for 2018 has just been released and there is a whole heap of talent in there, here’s a look at who’ll be dominating the airwaves next year.
At only 19 years old, Khalid is one of the youngest names on the list. Don’t be fooled by his age though, as his ambitions reach far beyond his years. Releasing his hugely successful debut album American Teen earlier this year, as well as joining Lorde on tour, Khalid is taking everything he’s learned and achieved in 2017 and taking it to a whole new level for 2018 – starting off with his first headline UK tour in February.
O2 Academy Glasgow: Sunday 18 February – Buy Tickets
Not all that long ago, we highlighted Lewis Capaldi in our New Music Blog, and his nomination in the BBC Sound of 2018 list is yet further proof as to why you need to listen to this 21-year-old emotional-pop singer. His debut single ‘Bruises’ - which was only released in March this year - is currently nearing 30 million streams on Spotify and the rest of the tracks on EP Bloom are racking up impressive numbers by the minute. Then again, when you’ve got a voice as stunning as Lewis’, it’s no surprise that people are falling in love with his music at such a rapid rate.
O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 17 February – Sold Out
Manchester’s Pale Waves have had a spellbinding year, with their performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival a particular highlight. The dark, glittery-pop sound of singles ‘There’s A Honey’ and ‘Television Romance’ instantly attracted ears across the UK, and having recently teamed up with The 1975’s Matty Healy in the studio, it looks like whatever is coming next, is likely to take your breath away.
O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 2 March – Buy Tickets
Norwegian starlet Sigrid has been making an impact on the pop scene since the release of her single ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ earlier this year, which had people dancing at Latitude, Glastonbury and many other festivals all summer long. Currently working on her debut album and with her first ever headline UK tour coming up, her sugary-pop sound is going to be the perfect soundtrack for 2018.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: Wednesday 14 March – Buy Tickets
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London based, multi-dimensioned pop group Superorganism are one of the most unique acts on the list. With members from all over the world, this 8-piece outfit treat fans to an experience that stretches far beyond music, complete with a dazzling display of visual appeals. Displaying their artistic brilliance on tracks such as ‘It’s All Good’ and ‘Nobody Cares’, their musical abilities are inspiring to say the least. Now with a handful of UK dates pinned down; the band looks to shoot for the stars as they bound into the new year.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Monday 5 March – Buy Tickets
Manchester-bred singer- songwriter Tom Walker has had an amazing year so far. Initially recognised for his guitar-driven track ‘Fly Away With Me’, Walker began developing massive acclaim following the release of his EP, Blessings earlier this year. The gravel-toned musician has continuously earned his stripes on the live circuit, supporting the likes of George Ezra, Gallant and Jake Bugg, whilst also selling out a US tour, and with a handful of UK shows already set for 2018, it looks like things are only going to get bigger over the next 12 months.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Friday 23 March – Buy Tickets
Things will never quite be the same for the Drake co-signed artist Yxng Bane. Hailing from the East Ends of London, the young MC has been putting the time in to cement his place within UK hip-hop culture. With a smooth mix of passionate flow and harmonious singing, it’s tracks like single ‘Lone Wolf’ which have seen his music turn heads, as he tells the stories of his life in his own, unique way. Having also received over 13 million views on his remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, as well as a nod of approval from the man himself, the upcoming artist seems to have no end in sight.
O2 Academy Birmingham: Tuesday 22 March – Buy Tickets
The full BBC Sound Of 2018 Longlist is as follows: