(Originally published on XS Manchester, December 27, 2017)

Manchester has long been synonymous with producing legendary bands and artists. A city that can’t help but nurture emerging musical talent, here are our ones to watch in 2018.

The Orielles

The Orielles, made up of sisters Esmé and Sidonie Hand-Halford and Henry Carlyle Wade, were recently signed to indie label Heavenly Recordings, joining Hooton Tennis Club and Temples on the roster. The band, who met at a house party a few years ago, take influence from the likes of Sonic Youth and Pixies, and produce a sound reminiscent of alternative 90’s America.

No Hot Ashes

The love for No Hot Ashes has been bubbling for over a year now, with the band from Stockport playing sold out shows across Manchester’s venues, including Jimmy’s, Night and Day and Manchester Club Academy. The band, Isaac Taylor, Luigi Di Vuono, Jack Walsh and Matthew Buckley share a love of 70s/80s disco funk. Having supported Blossoms and Spring King across the UK this year, No Hot Ashes are sure to follow in the same direction of success.

Hailing from Glossop, Josh, Dom, Henry and Matt formed Larkins, an indie rock n roll band ready to take on Manchester. Influenced by the likes of Foals and Led Zeppelin, the band formed at college and depart on a UK tour in April.


Pale Waves

Emitting cool indie pop, Pale Waves take inspiration and guidance from The 1975’s Matty Healy. With a sound reminiscent of Healy’s more established indie rock outfit, Frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie leads the four piece with Ciara Doran, Charlie Wood and Hugo Silvani. Formed after meeting at University in Manchester, the band caught the attention of label Dirty Hit, and have since released acclaimed singles including ‘Television Romance’ and ‘There’s A Honey’.

The Blinders

Manchester-based punk band The Blinders, signed to Modern Sky, have sold out venues across the city with their psychedelic punk sound. Partly inspired by poetry and literature, their music takes inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan and John Lennon among others. The band will play across the UK in February.