Artists 2019

Superlove

Formed only around a year ago, Bristol-based trio Superlove match big sunny party choruses with deceptively powerful riffage and melodies turned inside out that's been compared to Lower Than Atlantis. They tour with Dream State in spring. Simon Tyres ...

Spoort

"Your new favourite band" the quartet, who grew outwards from a Hinckley base and are now spread between Birmingham and London, immodestly declare on their Facebook. Born out of a teenage math-rock project, Spoort channels strong influences of garage rock, hip-hop and jazz. Simon Tyres ...

The Snuts

When you've drawn comparisons early on with Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon you have big shoes to fill, and the quartet from West Lothian are doing their best to live up to expectations as their anthemic indie has quickly earned them a fervent...

Parting Gift

Manchester five piece Parting Gift are a lot of informed people's idea of a band set to make the breakthrough in the post-hardcore scene before very long, their explosive and impassioned single releases and performances over the last two years earning them support slots for...

Martha

Queer straight edge vegan anarchist DIY pop-punks from Pity Me, Durham, the all-singing quartet made a huge mark in the indiepop scene with 2014 debut album Courting Strong and consolidated it with 2016's Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart with a third due this...

The Lids

Earning an ever growing and increasingly fervent fanbase, the brother fronted local trio's brand of anthemic indie rock of an Arctics/Kasabian/Kings Of Leon stripe has seen them play last year's Tramlines and Y-Not festivals and earned the support of Radio X and Leicester City title...

Kermes

Leicester queer indie-punk standouts Kermes' debut album of last year We Choose Pretty Names showcased a band capable of coating instant hit melodies in raw, thrusting discordancy, backing vocalist Emily Rose Teece's caustically unvarnished examinations of identity, gender politics, body dysmorphia and openly cracked relationships,...

Jo Quail

An internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist, Quail cites Trent Reznor and Judas Priest as influences alongside Debussy and Arvo Part, combining a mastery of her instrument with loop pedals, electronics and collaborators from the musical fringes, including black metal and industrial on last year's...

Itoldyouiwouldeatyou

Bringing progressive personal socio-politics to an emo scene that's not often been receptive to such, the sprawling seven-piece's 2018 debut album Oh Dearism bursts at the seams with questing musical invention and exploration, nodding at angular indie and post-rock soundscapes, as impassioned vocalist Joey Ashworth...

Fresh

Describing themselves as "punx from London who love emo, shredding, touring, oat milk and using friendship to fill a gaping uncertain hole inside of yourself", the DIY pop-punks found a home on Specialist Subject Records (Muncie Girls, Doe) for their 2017 self-titled debut mixing urgent...

Frauds

Croydon duo Frauds' take on stripped down punk, mostly heard so far on 2017 album With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice, is based around heavy, grimy riffage, lyrics veering between dark humour and social commentary and a willingness to dive into sludge-rock, hardcore and...

Estrons

High amongst the most exciting bands to emerge from the ever fertile Cardiff scene in recent years, Estrons - Cymru for 'misfits' - are a blazing punk-pop trio built around the magnetic, agitated vocal presence of Tali Källström. Debut album You Say I'm Too Much,...

Arcades

Returning to action after the tragic passing of guitarist Matt Gore last April, Leicester's Arcades have earned support from Radio X and slots at Isle Of Wight Festival and Y-Not for their unashamedly big glammy classic indie sound spiritually linking Britpop and the Arctics/Kasabian/Courteeners set,...

Årabrot

Kjetil Nernes of Haugesund, Norway is the only permanent member of Årabrot, who emerged from the doomy, sludgy end of the noise-rock underground in 2001. The two Årabrot records following a battle with throat cancer, 2015's The Gospel and last year's eighth album Who Do...

C Duncan

The Glasgow-raised son of two classical musicians, Duncan studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and brought his compositional learnings to shimmering dreampop, lo-fi folk and baroque choral harmonies in a way that saw debut album Architect receive a nomination for the 2015 Mercury Prize....

Mono

Celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year by releasing tenth studio album Nowhere Now Here, the Tokyo quintet have often been described as post-rock but have rejected pigeonholing as "the music needs to transcend genre to be meaningful". They would favour seeing their effects-heavy instrumental compositions...

The Futureheads

Arguably the most interesting, inventive and exhilirating of the British so-called "post-punk revival" bands of the early 00s, The Futureheads emerged from Sunderland in 2003 and a year later released a self-titled debut album that in its jerky guitars, angular dynamic shifts and fractured, proudly...

Sweetbellechobaby

Alex and Darren describe themselves as "lucid pop" and have been described as "My Bloody Valentine turned down to 1". What they do is understated, ambient atmospheric shoegaze-adjacent soundscapes built on fragility and mystery, influenced by Judee Sill and Mazzy Star. Simon Tyres ...

Rich List

A band with plenty of individual experience around the Leicester scene, Rich List purvey a kind of electropop that capably switches from all out bangers to contemplative melancholia. Their 2017 debut album Hold Your Forked Tongue took inspiration from the mid-1980s golden age of electronic...

Magique

Magique, who followed a set at last year's Handmade by playing the main stage at Truck Festival in full band mode, is the project of CJ Pandit, who under the soubriquet crafts intricate, enigmatically soulful electronic indie morsels that borrow liberally from eerie ambient and...

Fivehead

They refer to themselves as "Post-Space" and boast a confrontational live show occasionally involving extra members in balaclavas hitting whatever's closest, matching the brutal experimental noise that first came to the fore on last year's How To Bombproof Your Horse EP. Taking leads from industrial,...

Earls

Earls are a "skum" punk two piece from Halesowen. Ballads and love songs are not on offer. Singer Ant prowls around spitting out lines about ‘toxic masculinity’ and ‘anger management’ over the top of filthy, rudimentary guitar riffs whilst drummer George unleashes a primitive beat...

Dark Dark Horse

Jamie Ward and James Stafford have been ploughing their furrow of genre blurring pop-electronica for a few years now, but after a break for other projects they returned in 2016 with Luna II EP, followed a year later by the epic single And Then We...

Anatomy

Formed through the local poetry and assorted music scenes, Anatomy use the power of resistance and what they term "spooky doo-wop" to explore gender identity and intersectional experiences in the cause of creating discomfiting listening. Debut album You're Nothing To Me, released last December, moulds...

Childcare

With a tour support for Bastille behind them and a debut album impending this should be a good opportunity to get on board with the South London quartet just as eagerly as Huw Stephens and the string of tastemaker outlets that have deemed them ones...

JOHN

JOHN are a duo from Crystal Palace, both called John, who belie both the ordinariness of that name and their only being a duo with full-on assaults, an attack mode that's earned them support slots for IDLES, Metz and Pulled Apart By Horses. Their 2017...

Yr Poetry

Alexei and Junior (also of itoldyouiwouldeatyou and Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam respectively) were in the currently on hiatus Johnny Foreigner, and while Yr Poetry are by necessity more direct and less complex, not to mention less personally driven, that band's explosive guitars threaded somewhere between math-rock...

Doe

"Doe makes snide exasperation sound like a party" according to NPR, which about sums up the London indie-rock trio who brought out their second album Grow Into It on Big Scary Monsters last year. If they dwelled in the Weezerballpark with harmonies, big choruses and chunky...

Orchards

Self described as a "glittery gateway drug", Brighton's Orchards have found an accessible take on the dancier end of math-rock, combining the complexities of TTNG or Minus The Bear - not for nothing are they signed to the estimable Big Scary Monsters label - with pure pop...

Petrol Girls

Featuring British, Austrian and Lithuanian members and named after a reputed 19th century French radical female revolutionary group, Petrol Girls' jagged, insurrectionary take on hardcore punk is uncompromisingly feminist in outlook, angular melodies and vitriolic poetry about harassment, capitalism and associated reactionary civil disobedience made...

Hotel Lux

Formed in Portsmouth but incubated in the same South London scene as Shame, Yak and Goat Girl, Hotel Lux bring a rough-hewn take on garage rock, influenced by gothic sensibilities and the pub rock scene musically and the depths of humanity lyrically. Lewis Duffin's realist...

Rozi Plain

An alumni of both the celebrated Fife folk label Fence Records and its successor Lost Map, Bristolian Plain's fourth album will be released on Memphis Industries in March. Also a member of This Is The Kit, her songs are delicate and gracefully elegaic folk-pop dotted with...

Saint Agnes

East London's Saint Agnes draw from the warped end of the blues rock'n'roll tradition, taking its spirit through elements of psychedelia, southern rock, goth and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. Their fiery live shows, driven by the chemistry between co-vocalists Kitty Arabella Austen and Jon Tufnell, earned them a...

Can’t Swim

The Keansburg, New Jersey band join us on their UK tour after releasing second album This Too Won't Pass in November 2018. It sees their established emo sound develop a heavier edge, fluctuating between hardcore nods and more contemplative moments, all underpinned by deeply honest...

Decade

Ironically marking their tenth anniversary this year, Decade's 2017 second album Pleasantries showcased a band branching out from their catchy pop-punk scramblings into something more instantly approachable in a way that makes their subsequent dates supporting You Me At Six completely logical, unashamedly hook laden...

Lice

Lice are from Bristol, so of course they have IDLES connections - in fact they're signed to Joe Talbot's own Balley Records label - and likewise deal in a variant of cathartic punk with a socio-political slant. Their more singular take is based around satirical...

Heavy Lungs

It's likely you'll best know Bristolians Heavy Lungs from the very direct patronage of IDLES, with whom they released a split 7" at the end of last year. On their own terms their abrasive, gnarly take on punk energy translates to a full-on live show...

Life

The Hull punks described 2017 debut album Popular Music as "an album that demands attention, creating a manifesto for the disillusioned, the widely ignored and those who might think they’ve no means of having a creative outlet". Politicised, renowned for their live intensity using anger...

Crows

Coming to Handmade to support debut album Silver Tongues, released in March on Joe Talbot of IDLES' label Balley Records, Crows’ incessant gigging over the last few years including supports for IDLES, Wolf Alice and Slaves has seen the scuzzy garage-psych band’s visceral, borderline chaotic...

Blood Youth

Harrogate's post-hardcore heroes visit Handmade on the back of their second album Starve, released in February. Described as dark and intense, it's likely to continue the upward trajectory that over the course of two EPs, 2017 album Beyond Repair and a lot of touring including...

Dream State

The Swansea melodic post-hardcore band struck viral gold in 2017 when single White Lies racked up eight million YouTube views and not far off three million streams on Spotify. They carried that through into last year, packing rooms and tents at Download and Slam Dunk...

Jamie Lenman

Having laid low for several years after cult post-hardcore heroes Reuben split, the rakishly moustachioed Lenman re-emerged in 2013 with Muscle Memory, a double album comprising hardcore and metal on one disc, bluegrass and big band swing on the other. Its 2017 follow-up Devolver saw...

Black Honey

Having delivered on their live promise with one of the standout sets of Handmade 2016, the Brighton based indie disco-noir outfit return with an album under their belt, the self-titled debut reaching number 33 last September. Their signature twangy riffs and big choruses merged into...

Ibibio Sound Machine

Merging West African disco, funk and highlife with modern electro, drum'n'bass and post-punk, Ibibio Sound Machine are an exciting, globally diverse stew of influences led by the charismatic Eno Williams, London born but raised in Lagos of a Nigerian family who often sings in the...

The Sherlocks

We keep hearing that "rock'n'roll is coming back", but the band from Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley may fulfil the traditional indie rock kid's desire for new guitar heroes. The two sets of brothers that make up the band grew their reputation the old-fashioned way through...

Metronomy

Handmade are very pleased to be able to say that headlining this year's festival are the maverick, shapeshifting project of Totnes' finest, Joe Mount. Having started out with two albums combining smart pop melodies with quirky experimental urges and retro-futurist nu-disco, the current line-up (Mount,...