Today sees the announcement of the Ents24 Rising List 2018: a rundown of the 20 new acts generating genuine excitement amongst music fans, and a list recognised as an accurate forecaster of future accolades and live success, having predicted the rise of Jorja Smith, Sigrid and Shawn Mendes in previous years.
The list is topped this year by Hackney’s genre-blending Not3s, and also features Funk / Punk / Indie / Soul five-piece Shame, “determinedly DIY” indie-rock band Goat Girl and Michican classic-rock foursome Greta Van Fleet.
Here’s what some of the bands that made the list had to say:
- Goat Girl (No.4): “This means a lot to us. Big love from the goats.”
- The Dead South’s Nate Hilts (No.5): “Wow! We really don’t have many words for this besides – Holy
s**t. You guys just blew our minds.”
- The Wandering Hearts (No.14): “It’s so great to be included in the Ents24 fan-led list! The thing we
love most is playing live and to know that our performances are connecting with the audience is a
- Starcrawler (No.19, and fresh from supporting Foo Fighters since our list was determined): “We’re
excited to be on the list, thanks everyone for checking out our music.”
Last year’s Rising List tipped Jorja Smith six months before her BRIT Award win and almost a year ahead of her top 5 debut album, and Sigrid and Khalid months before they took the #1 and #4 spots in the BBC Sound of 2018 list, respectively. Topping last year’s list marked the start of a sensational 12 months for
rapper Mist (who described his placement as “a huge honour”)– the months that followed saw him make the front cover of Crack Magazine, headline the Great Escape and sign a label deal with Warner.
In previous years, the Rising List also tipped Years & Years, Shawn Mendes and James Bay for success.
Adam Brooks, Head of Communications said: “Ents24’s Rising List is generated using the genuine preferences of music fans, ticket buyers and gig-goers
visiting the UK’s biggest live guide, rather than being fueled by panels, pundits or paid-for hype.
“The results speak for themselves, with previous lists naming acts destined to be huge, long before the headline slots, magazine covers or awards materialised.”
4. Goat Girl
5. The Dead South
6. Rex Orange County
7. Greta Van Fleet
9. Tom Walker
12. Barns Courtney
13. Billie Eilish
14. The Wandering Hearts
15. Lotto Boyzz
16. Hardy Caprio
17. Flat Worms
20. Daniel Caesar
As you will see many of the above acts have already been tipped by our esteemed network of Tippers of the Week!
Click any artist’s name to find out more about them, track them, or see all forthcoming UK dates.