The Class of 2020: Making a Splash in the Music Industry

2019 was a fantastic year for music; we had the pleasure of watching young, fresh artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Dave, Billie Eilish and Slowthai dominate the charts and revitalise the music industry with a mix of unique personality, thought provoking lyrics and catchy hooks that caught us hook, line and sinker.

But what does 2020 have to offer? We’re going to take a look at some artists who we feel will make a definite impact this year, and why you should add them to your Spotify playlist immediately.


This four piece Irish rock band formed whilst they were all in school, discovering they would much rather create a dirty bass line instead of revising Pythagoras’ theorem. Lead vocalist Elijah Hewson shines with his captivating voice – which is no surprise; his dad is Bono for crying out loud.

For those who like: Blossoms, The Strokes, The Magic Gang

Caroline Polachek:

Her debut album ‘PANG’ went under the radar, but it contains some insanely intoxicating synth-pop tunes to tap your feet to. It doesn’t surprise me that the album is so entertaining as she’s written for the likes of Charli XCX, Travis Scott and Beyonce just to name a few. Hopefully, 2020 will be the year of Polachek.

For those who like: Charli XCX, Robyn, CHRVCHES


This electronic duo hailing from Leeds are already making a significant impact on the underground dance circuit, with a number of DJ’s such as Annie Mac and Pete Tong expecting big things from them this year. If you like to spend your nights uncontrollably swaying in a dark dingy nightclub like Bridge, then this I’ve got the artist for you.

For those who like: Mall Grab, Eats Everything, the DJs at Dazed Disco


She’s already won a BRIT Award, been named The Sound of 2020 by the BBC and has featured on numerous TV shows this year – so inclusion in this list will probably just stroke her ego even more. Celeste’s talent is undeniable, with her powerful but soulful voice having the ability to evoke plenty of emotions.

For those who like: Amy Winehouse, Adele, Gabrielle

Rina Sawayama:

She gets the nod in this list because I absolutely love her latest release ‘Comme Des Garcons’. Sawayama is such an eclectic talent who doesn’t conform to a single genre, and continues to evolve and change as an artist by the minute. Listen to ‘Comme Des Garcons’ and then listen to ‘STFU’ and tell me they’re by the same artist. 

For those who like: Tove Lo, Charli XCX, SOPHIE

Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn:

Despite being a rap and production duo for over 9 years, Stew and Gunn have recently made a splash in the industry, with music giants like Loyle Carner, Manga Saint Hillare and Isaac Waddington desperately wanting to work with them. I’ll be honest; I listened to their track ‘Humble Pie’ and a tear shed from my eye. Unmistakably British and truly emotive.

For those who like: The Streets, Loyle Carner, Jordan Rakei

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