Greater Manchester Ones To Watch 2019


I love Manchester and adore that music connects everything together here! I’ve been working in music and radio in Manchester for a decade and showcase these artists on the radio on Amazing Radio and XS Manchester as well as interviewing them for brands and at events. I’m also working behind the scenes at BBC Introducing in Manchester.

I’m constantly in awe of the talents of Manchester’s musical community and I’m incredibly inspired by them always. Some of my faves that i’d recommend checking out are as follows:

(There is a spotify playlist with most of the artists on right here)

  • Dear Caroline
  • Aitch
  • The Goa Express
  • Lindsay Munroe
  • Iora
  • Abbie Ozard
  • The C33s
  • Tonica
  • New Luna
  • MDP
  • Velvet Shakes
  • Elysse Mason
  • Secs
  • Darcie
  • Just Banco
  • Pearl City
  • Tobi Sunmola
  • Barratt
  • Jordan Max
  • Jordan Allen
  • James Holt
  • Afghan Sand Gang
  • Fuzzy Sun
  • KSR
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Witch Fever
  • Babalola JR
  • Caoilfhionn Rose
  • Hayes & Y
  • Patrick
  • See Thru Hands
  • Lady Ice
  • Izzie Walsh
  • Saytr Play
  • Sly Antics
  • No Hot Ashes
  • Cassia
  • Larkins
  • The Lottery Winners
  • False Advertising
  • Kashmere
  • Lungs
  • Gorgeous Bully
  • Proletariat
  • Floral Scene
  • Kula Bay
  • Giant Boys
  • Laura White
  • Granfalloon
  • Deja Vega
  • China Lane
  • Ryan Jarvis
  • Dantevilles
  • Anamelia
  • Working Men’s Club
  • Corella
  • Prima
  • Nadette
  • The Godlike Highs
  • Two4Kay

West Yorkshire Ones To Watch 2019

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Last month I joined BBC Music Introducing in West Yorkshire as the new show producer and as such it seems wasteful not to share some of the incredible sounds emanating from the heart of the north! We put a show together at the weekend and there were unfortunately too many to fit in  so i’ve put a list together for you to check out below! You can find a spotify list right here too! Or the best bet is to listen to Alan talk us through them on the BBC Sounds app here

  • Treeboy & Arc 
  • Flo Taylor 
  • Jordan Higo 
  • Mush  
  • Marsicans 
  • Tallsaint 
  • Dave-O 
  • Far Caspian 
  • GDNS 
  • Catila 
  • Yungblud 
  • Talkboy 
  • Fltchr 
  • Peakes
  • Tranqua Lite
  • Dead Naked Hippies 
  • Bianca Gerald 
  • Knitting Grooves
  • Allusinlove 
  • Pablo’s Paintings 
  • Team Picture 
  • Mamilah 
  • Drahla 
  • Polo 
  • Wuzi 
  • Fizzy Blood 
  • Glass Caves 
  • Ollie Walter 
  • Heir 
  • Fudge 
  • Victors
  • Polevaulter 
  • Nala 
  • Will Killen 
  • Necktr 
  • Caro


Tips for 2019


HIIII it’s the 6th of January, i’m sat in a coffee shop in the NQ of Manchester with a jasmine green tea trying to detox my soul! 🙄😝

I’ve been meaning to grab a minute to write this blog for three weeks now, but family stuff and a third nightmarish christmas with a close relative in hospital in a row has meant there wasn’t any time to rest and take stock of anything. The radio programmes came first and they’re all out there now!  So I thought i’d take a mo to make this stuff all official and add a few others in that i wanted to cover who I couldn’t get uploaded in time due to other constraints!

There is always a northern bias to my tips, I’m currently residing in Manchester but working heavily across the North of England between Newcastle and Liverpool with a focus on Manchester and West Yorkshire. I’ll be doing more specific ones to watch blog features on those areas in the coming days! If you want to know whats happening keep an eye on this page!

Hear me talk about them on Amazing Radio here or catch the spotify playlist here

  • Sam Fender
  • Yonaka
  • Calva Louise
  • Rascalton
  • Indoor Pets
  • Sports Team
  • Ten Tonnes
  • The Ninth Wave
  • Treeboy & Arc
  • Fontaines D.C.
  • Squid
  • The Mysterines
  • Jade Bird
  • No Hot Ashes
  • Cassia
  • Pizzagirl
  • Wooze
  • Yuno
  • Sorry
  • Self Esteem
  • Stereo Honey
  • Another Sky
  • Far Caspian
  • Castorp
  • Darcie
  • IORA
  • Abbie Ozard
  • Tallsaint
  • Low Island
  • Grace Carter
  • Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
  • MDP
  • Aitch

Fave albums of 2018..

HI! Dear blog readers,

My posts are appearing to be more erratic, work and life is getting in the way i guess, but i promise to do better in 2019! My Tumblr is the go to for instant hits!

So what have I been doing in 2018?! I’ve joined XS Manchester to present weekend breakfast, I’ve joined BBC Radio Leeds as Producer of BBC Introducing West Yorkshire curating the playlist and guests alongside the team there. I’ve also had a full year of co- curating nights with the awesome Band On The Wall, I’m going to put a playlist together of all the artists who have played the night so far right here so add the playlist and i’ll update it in the next few days!

I’ve also been lecturing, interviewing and doing loads of other exciting music industry work with the likes of Soundcity, Off The Record Festival, Showstream and more! More of that planned in 2019 *excited face*

So before I dive into Ones To Watch For 2019, I thought i’d best tell you about what i adored in 2018. The Brexit Anti-Austerity feeling is resonating with the music makers and young creatives in the UK and thats exceptionally acute in the north of England where we have experienced incredibly high levels of deprivation, homelessness and where public services are really under pressure. The music i’ve heard and loved in 2018 seems to resonate with that, three strands coming to the fore to my ears,

  1. ANGER – Punk, post-punk, rock – people are ANGRY and they want us to know it.
  2. FEEL GOOD – The antidote to anger, people need an escape, they want a party, to have a good time. They might also want to get loaded, but who can tell.
  3. AVANTE GARDE JAZZ – Jazz is back and we are opening our minds!

With all that in mind my fave albums of 2018 was  Shame – Songs Of Praise


I loved so many albums last year but this one I just kept coming back to.. I still remember seeing them live for the first time a few years ago with Charlie Ashcroft from Amazing Radio at a DICE all dayer at The Great Escape where Charlie likened their shambolic set to an Interns night out where they stripped off and broke a light. I got to interview them at OFF Festival in Poland last year and am yet to see another bass player with that much pogo.

It’s too hard to pick between the others but there are so many incredible ones that i’ve put a playlist together on spotify right here:

Here’s a list for those not on Spotify:

  • Christine And The Queens – Chris
  • Bodega – Endless Scroll
  • The Blinders – Columbia
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
  • The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment
  • TVAM – Psychic Data
  • Snail Mail – Lush
  • Boy Azooga – 1,2, Kung Fu!
  • Slow Readers Club – Build A Tower
  • Anderson Paak – Oxnard
  • Amyl & The Sniffers -Big Attraction & Giddy Up
  • Black Honey – Black Honey
  • Goat Girl – Goat Girl
  • Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises
  • BC Camplight – Deportation Blues
  • Tom Grennan  – Lighting Matches
  • Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino
  • Gaz Coombes – Worlds Strongest Man
  • Jungle  – For Ever
  • Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
  • Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance
  • Olden Yolk – Olden Yolk
  • Children Of Zeus – Travel Light
  • Sunflower Bean – Twenty Two In Blue

For an additional bonus and a tease to my Tips for 2019, my EP of the year was by Sam Fender and is his Dead Boys EP. Big things await in 2019 for this talented guy!

Tips for 2018

Hey readers!

It’s been a while, well life has got in the way, due to a number of reasons i’ve been working six days a week and commuting to Yorkshire so a lack of time / internet have got in the way of these posts but i promise i’ll try and be better in 2018!

Sooo the reason for this post is to lay down my tips for 2018! The trouble with being a new music journalist is you want to shout an artists name from the rooftops as soon as you discover them! Invariably the music industry can take up to three years or longer to break an artist, so i’m looking back at last years tips list and thinking yep, that still stands! An artist may have signed to a label and recorded an album in the last year that is now ready to release early 2018!

So without any further ado, eh voila, my tips for 2018:

  • Sigrid
  • Tom Grennan
  • Pale Waves
  • Black Honey
  • Dream Wife
  • Her’s
  • False Advertising
  • Flint Eastwood
  • Liss
  • Trudy & The Romance
  • The Orielles
  • Low Island
  • Confidence Man
  • Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes

You can have a listen to all of them via my snazzy spotify link here.



Liverpool Psychfest on this weeks show!

Amazing Radio

This weeks show was all about Liverpool Psychfest which was an epic sight to behold! Craig
Pennington joined me for a catch up about this years event!


Koalas on the bandstand too and a wonderful #shellshock from Mike Watson!

New Muzaks from:

Songhoy Blues - Omni - Dirty Fences - The KVB - FUSS - Novella - W.H. Lung - Is Bliss - Yassassin - Weirds - Autobahn - The Proper Ornaments - CaStLeS - Jane Weaver - Elephant Stone - Wolf People - The Black Angels - The Comet Is Coming - Meatraffle - Tender - Rostam - Witch Fever - Psycho Comedy - Sugarmen - RINSE - RYD - Novo Amor & Ed Tullett - Mike Watson

From 7pm on Amazing Radio every thursday, repeated fridays at noon!

DAB In Dublin, online or via the free app!


14/09/17 Amazing Radio 

Koalas Interviewed :: TVME Bandstand::


07/09/17 Amazing Radio 

H A N O V E R Interviewed :: St Jude The Obscure Bandstand ::


31/08/17 Amazing Radio 

TVME Interviewed :: Ryley Walker Bandstand ::


Festival D’ete De Quebec and Indietracks on this weeks show!

Amazing Radio

On todays show I’ll be talking about the wonderful Festival D’ete De Quebec where Metallica, Gorillaz and The Who headlined last week alongside some fresh and exciting Canadian artists like Mauves, Glorious Sons, Andy Shauf and Adam Sandler. I’ll also be chatting to Natalie from Indietracks about the festival as well as spinning some of the artists playing at the festival this weekend!


Affairs on the bandstand too!

New Muzaks from:

Childish Gambino - Alvvays - Real Estate - Chest Pains - Gorgeous Bully - SOFIAHH - Cabbage - Andy Shauf - Adam Strangler - Mise En Scene - Little Barrie - The Goa Express - Heaters - Low Island - Simian Ghost - Man Duo - Verandan - Crumbs - Cowtown - Shopping - The Hayman Kupa Band - Gold Class  - TV ME - Koalas -  Flyte - Ghosts Of Social Networks - The Attic Sleepers - Patience -

From 7pm on Amazing Radio every thursday, repeated fridays at noon!  DAB In Dublin, online or via the free app!


20/07/17 Amazing Radio 

Hannah Nicholson Interviewed :: China Lane Bandstand::



13/07/17 Amazing Radio 

Affairs Interviewed :: Lottery Winners Bandstand ::


06/07/17 Amazing Radio 

China Lane Interviewed :: Yoke Lore Bandstand ::