Our 2012 Predictions

Twelve artists to look out for in 2012


Bear Cavalry

With the release of their debut EP ‘Maple Trails’ at the end of 2011, Bear Cavalry instantly became a band that had to appear on a tips for 2012 list. Bear Cavalry have a sound that will appeal to fans of many different genres of music. They are one of those bands that have a unique cross over appeal.


Broken Vinyl Club

The UK is not in the healthiest of states at the moment, at times when the country is at a low we look to a band to step up to the mark and give us something to believe in to escape the bad times. Following the release of their debut album last year Broken Vinyl Club are the band that we believe are going to lead the way.


Dry The River

London five piece Dry The River take the ‘folk rock’ sound of recent years and turn it into a sound that would not be out of place in a stadium setting. With the album due for release in March, by the time festival season starts Dry The River are going to be the band that everyone will be flocking to see.


Houdini Dax

Cardiff based Houdini Dax are a young, exciting guitar band who will make you stop dead in your tracks and loose yourself in their music. If you saw this band last year you will know just how exciting they are. If you have yet to see or hear this band then you are in for a real treat in 2012. Houdini Dax are a very special band who I am sure will become very successful this coming year.



Howler are the latest signing to Rough Trade Records that are causing a similar excitement that The Strokes did over a decade ago. Howler are a band that are not re-inventing the wheel, but what they are doing is giving the world of music a kick up the backside.


Lucy Rose

2012 will be the year that Lucy Rose steps away from Bombay Bicycle Club and establishes herself as a singer songwriter in her own right. Lucy writes beautiful, heart warming songs that will see her challenging Laura Marling for the best UK Female singer over the forthcoming years.

  Sam Airey

Sam Airey is an exceptionally talented young singer songwriter who deserves to be a household name. If there is any justice in this world then 2012 will be the year that Sam starts to become known by millions.


Spector released three singles during 2011 on the Luv Luv Luv label that made the music industry stop and take notice. Spector create big, bold, anthemic Indie songs that will soon be known by everyone. 2012 is going to be the year that Spector cross over into the mainstream and show that real music can be popular.

  The Standards

The Standards are a band who write pop music the way it should be written. Following their self released single ‘Mice’ last year, this is a band that I can’t stop thinking about. Their debut album is recorded and ready to be released during 2012 and if the perfect world that I believe in does exist, then The Standards will be played by every radio station up and down the country during the next twelve months.

  The Boy Royals

Newport based Town spent much of 2011 gigging and releasing two singles which saw them gain a regular fan base and support from the BBC through Steve Lamacq and Jen Long. Town have that important belief that to be a band you have to mates and be part of a gang. Their music inspires you to go out and grab hold of life with both hands and live it to the fullest.


Tribes are a Camden four piece who are being tipped by many in the music media as being the ‘next big thing’. Tribes have the self belief, the swagger and most importantly the tunes to back it up. The two EP’s they released in 2011 were full of grunge guitar riffs, taking the fast slow approach that worked so well for Nirvana and The Pixies.

Various Cruelties

‘If It Wasn’t For You’ was one of my favorite songs of 2011. If Various Cruelties can continue with the high standards they have set with their early recordings then 2012 is going to be a great year for this band. Various Cruelties have a soulful sound that needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

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