AS another exciting year for Scottish music beckons, we’re taking a look into the future for our top tips of 2024.
And with many new artists ready to make their mark on the Scottish music scene, there’s plenty to be exciting about. So, without far ado, check out our TTV Top Tips below.
Formed in 2022, Soapbox are the four-piece are a classic punk band in every sense of the word – channelling social disillusionment and discontentment into hard and sharp anthems, full of grit, high energy and sardonic wit. Inspired by punk veterans like The Damned as well as modern icons like Soft Play and Amyl and the Sniffers, they’re a force to be reckoned with when they take to the stage – and we predict big things in 2024.
Having already kicked off 2024 with a sold-out King Tuts show and a dreamy new single ‘Joni’, the only way is up for Tina Sandwich. An artist who just gets better and better with each live show, she’s recently been cooking up for new tunes in the studio – and we can’t wait to see what comes next.
After years of captivating audiences as a member of Frightened Rabbit, musician and songwriter Billy Kennedy is stepping into a new realm with his project, Haiver. The music genuinely delves into the raw depths of his vulnerability, touching upon themes of darkness, grief, and loss, yet infused with an uplifting sense of hope. With a couple of sold out shows at the Hug and Pint scheduled in February, we look forward to hearing more new material from the singer-songwriter.
Despite having no recorded material online, Jacob Alon is already making waves thanks to his profound gift for storytelling. Known to hold audiences with his intimate and introspective reflections, his powerful, haunting vocals can fill any room – especially when paired with his beautiful guitar playing and poetic lyrics. With a place at this year’s Great Escape secured, we expect a very bright future ahead.
Sister Madds have seized attention thanks to a number of high-energy shows in and around the local scene – including our very own TENEMENT TRAIL. The band deal in quirky, jagged pop-rock songs that traverse relatable themes of love and Gen-Z woes – packed full of wiry guitars, peppy rhythms and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. Think Wet Leg, Dry Cleaning and the like.
Tipped by the likes of Bemz and Psweatpants, Kpence is a London-born, Scotland-based rapper. Last year he shared his debut EP ‘Music For Empty Rooms’ – an introspective four-track project that indicated heaps of potential. Having spent time honing in on his craft and gaining a support slot with Bemz at his SWG3 show last year, we hope to hear more in 2024.
Having only kickstarted his music career in 2021, Ben Walker has already shared the stage with the likes of Kyle Falconer, Spyres and Rianne Downey, as well as selling out his debut headline show. And with the endorsements pouring in, he continues to impress with one release after another. Displaying influence from the likes of Sam Fender and Jake Bugg, Walker’s discography illustrates an appreciation for lyrical storytelling and catchy vocal hooks, pulling from country and anthemic indie-rock influences.
JustHarry has made waves with his captivating ability to tell stories through music – blending his souful storytelling with influences from hip hop, rap and R&B. Delving into personal experiencs, he’s created a distinct musical identity that is sure to see him go far. A new EP is expected in 2024.
Neverfine launched themselves onto the scene with their towering single ‘Silhouettes’ last year – which was closely followed by their ‘Do Everything, Feel Nothing’ EP. Pulling from rock, metal, pop and electro, they’ve got an unquestionable knack for crafting huge hooks. And with a show at this year’s King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution, there’s more to come in 2024.
Having already caused a stir online with her unique self-proclaimed ‘fairy pop’ creations, Pearling’s music is warm, dreamy and ethereal. Nominated for the Sound of Young Scotland last year, she also shared her debut EP ‘Celestia, Deep Sea Diver’ – full of bubbling electronics, bubblegum vocals and ethereal hyperpop influence.