Who founder Mikey Jonns is tipping for success in 2020
Mikey Jonns and Georgia Murphy
09:00 9th January 2020

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Every year This Feeling aim to please ‘guitar music’ fans up and down the country by curating a series of Big In [insert year here] shows - and 2020 is no different. Making pitstops in London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with a little help from Red Stripe, the shows will host some of the most exciting new acts on the underground indie rock scene. Putting his money where his mouth is, This Feeling founder Mikey Jonns has crafted this extensive list of new acts he’s tipping for big things in 2020. Dive in… 

Among The Citizens

Buoyant indie pop fully loaded with contagious melodies.

For fans of: Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons, Sea Girls, Tom Lumley 

Andrew Cushin

Poignant lyrics, spine tingling vocals and timeless melodies. Pure solid gold.

For fans of: Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon, Sam Fender, Jake Bugg


Invading the North West with profound lyricism and delicious melodies.

For fans of: Oasis, Stereophonics, Shed 7, The Coral, The Lathums, Cleargreen


Stadium sized rock anthems bursting with justified confidence.

For fans of: The Amazons, The Snuts, Trampolene, Himalayas

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Quirky, fuzzed up glam punk delivered with flair and hair.

For fans of: The Rolling Stones, T-Rex, Primal Scream, Miles Kane, Boy Azooga, Feet


Guildford's answer to captivating and anthemic Britpop.

For fans of: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Courteeners, Shed 7, The Enemy, Getrz


London's indie kids bringing blistering riffs and spirit in deathly doses.

For fans of: Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Vines, The Amazons, The Enemy, Trampolene

Cruel Hearts Club

The queens of dirty disco grunge, fresh from touring with The Libertines.

For fans of: La Tigre, Sleater Kinney, The Cardigans, Black Honey, Calva Louise

Dollie Demi

Taking no prisoners with a cocktail of killer riffs, glitter and attitude

For fans of: The Strokes, Sleater Kinney, Elastica, Petrol Girls, Calva Louise

Dylan John Thomas

Class tunes, charisma and grit. Already toured with Liam Gallagher and Gerry Cinnamon and blown huge crowds away – dynamite.

For fans of: Courteeners, Gerry Cinnamon, Cast, Neon Waltz, Louis Berry


Spine tingling harmonies and brilliant hooks, following in the footsteps of Blossoms.

For fans of: The La’s, DMA’s, The Coral, Planet, The Lathums


Indie shoegaze pop reminiscent of giants such as Stone Roses and The Cure. Yeah, that good.

For fans of: The Cure, Ride, The Charlatans, Peace, Planet, Sugathief


New London band serving up impressive vocals full of immersive power and drama.

For fans of: Florence and the Machine, Black Honey, Yonaka, Sophie and the Giants


A fervent fanbase, Oscar worthy music videos directed by Stephen Graham and anthemic choruses of the highest order. Deadly combo.

For fans of: Oasis, The Sherlocks, The Rifles

Gold Beach

Unique, fresh songwriting with stonesy guitar licks and earworm melodies.

For fans of: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Wholls, Matter of Mind

Holy Youth Movement

They played their first gigs late last year touring with Primal Scream. As that would suggest, a special band going places. 

For fans of: The Who, Kasabian, Ian Brown, Primal Scream, BRMC


Addictively dark with a fix of sweet electro pop hooks emerging from the shadows

For fans of: Bat For Lashes, PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, St Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Black Honey


Extraordinary music featuring the vocals of Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan and Mark Gardener masterfully conducted by ex Exit Calm guitarist Rob Marshall.

For fans of: Massive Attack, Primal Scream, UNKLE, The Music, Exit Calm


Ear worm hooks and anthemic choruses that will no doubt be playing the very biggest stages, and very soon. Gonna be absolutely massive, and that's a fact.

For fans of: The Killers, U2, The Strokes, Echo and The Bunnymen, Mansun

Ivory Wave

A sound laden with groove and euphoria this is electronic rock’n’roll of real quality. On tour with The Sherlocks April.

For fans of: Kasabian, Happy Mondays, DMA's, The Twang, JAWS

Jamie Webster

Ready to take on the world armed with an acoustic guitar, warming melodies and nostalgic lyricism.

For fans of: Gerry Cinnamon, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, The Lathums, Dylan John Thomas

Kid Violet

Heartfelt London rock with a grooving rhythm section.

For fans of: Stereophonics, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons, The K's, Tom Lumley

Lauran Hibberd

Obscenely cool sugar pop with a razor sharp tongue – primed and ready to go far.

For fans of: Courtney Barnett, Phoebe Bridgers, Black Honey, Anteros, Zuzu

Lauren Spiteri

Sublime vocals and the velvety euphoria of a Tarantino soundtrack.

For fans of: Lana Del Rey, Mazzy Star, Black Honey, Twin Peaks

Luna Rosa

Dark and fiery stoner rock laced with stunning poetic mystery.

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Idles, Shame, Cabbage, Declan Welsh

My Fiasco

Dynamic vocals, rollicking guitars and tonnes of energy that bought the first moshing of Y Not 2019

For fans of: La Roux, Deap Vally, The Kills

Neon Islands

Flamboyant indie pop full of personality and style.

For fans of: The Strokes, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Interpol, Tom Lumley

Paris Street Rebels

Hot Scots blasting a frenzied, in-yer-face wall of punk sound.

For fans of: The Stooges, The Libertines, Supergrass, New York Dolls, The Snuts


Effortless indie rock known for epic live shows.

For fans of: Oasis, Kasabian, The Libertines, The Snuts, Trampolene


Catchy melodies, vocals that'll give you goosebumps and a proper force live. 2020 is the year of the Rat, and that's a fact (Chinese New Year).

For fans of: The La’s, DMA’s, Circa Waves, Planet, Cleargreen


Hypnotic, driving psychedelia that'll rattle around in your head for days. You won't be complaining.

For fans of: Kasabian, The Black Keys, Miles Kane, The 2020s, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard


Massive slacker anthems for the new generation.

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Strokes, Inhaler, The Estevans

Saytr Play

Electrifying Mancunian 5-piece whipping up a contagious storm of indie bangers.

For fans of: The Vaccines, The Cribs, Mystery Jets, Larkins, The Feens


Dreamy Britpop jangle bought bang up to date.

For fans of: The Libertines, Shed 7, Shambolics, The Estevans


Dreamy vocals surf on waves of glittering Britpop guitars.

For fans of: Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, The Coral, The Lathums


Fuzzed up, surging grunge-pop from a young band with a massive future.

For fans of: Pixies, Warpaint, Declan McKenna, Calva Louise, The Van Ts

Suns Up

Nailing a mid-noughties summer sound with sparkling indie guitars.

For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, Sea Girls, Life At The Arcade

The Asuras

Driving, melodic indie rock with heavenly guitar solos. Another special new Scottish band emerges.

For fans of: Oasis, Stereophonics, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Himalayas

The Claremonts

A deadly combo of dancefloor packing Hacienda beats and a big pinch of charisma.

For fans of: Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Bloc Party, No Hot Ashes, The Clause

The Clause

Brummy indie groovers flying high, recently signed to Universal and selling shows out all over the UK. We've heard their next 2 singles, they are huge. The Clause will be huge. Trust.

For fans of: Kasabian, Miles Kane, Ocean Colour Scene, The Music, The Assist

The Clockworks

A punked up whirlwind of biting rock and roll managed by the legendary Alan McGee.

For fans of: The Libertines, The Clash, Blur, Cabbage, Feet.

The Crooks

Nostalgic indie rock packing out venues and taking the North by storm.

For fans of: Oasis, Shed 7, DMAs, Vida, Cleargreen

The Dead Freights

Got that take on the world gang mentality of The Libertines when they were starting out. And the tunes.

For fans of: The Libertines, The Rifles, The View

The Extons

Glistening, starry tunes full of promise – indie pop perfection.

For fans of: Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Amazons, Circa Waves, The Sherlocks, The K’s

The Feens

An armful of glorious, hook-laden indie anthems all wrapped up in 80s nostalgia.

For fans of: Doves, Blossoms, Inhaler, The Snuts, Sad Boys Club

The Gallerys

A recipe for success with infectious melodies and immaculate, dreamy Britpop harmonies.

For fans of: Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones, The Rifles, The Crooks

The Goa Express

Red hot prospects from Manchester already showcasing genre bending, punked up euphoria - and they're only on their debut single.

For fans of: Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Elastica, Buzzcocks, Yak

The Gulps

A mischievous gang of five hell bent on massive punk hooks and scuzzy rock 'n' roll.

For fans of: The Strokes, The Hives, The Undertones, The Rifles, Rascalton

The Heartless

Exhilarating, punked up indie hooks with dream team Barat siblings working behind the scenes.

For fans of: The Libertines, The Stooges, The Kills, The Velvet Hands, Saint Agnes

The Illicits

Blackburn Britpop with ambition, grit and some huge supports slots (Liam and Primal Scream) under their belt. Another band signed to McGee's Creation 23 records.

For fans of: Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Enemy, The Rifles, The K's

The Institutes

Fuzzed-up and psych-tinged Brummy shoegazers with otherworldy harmonies.

For fans of: The Stone Roses, The Verve, Ride, DMA's

The K's

Huge riffs, catchy choruses and a live show that'll blow you away. Big things are coming.

For fans of: Oasis, Courteeners, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast

The Lathums

Majestic melodies, stunning vocals. They've already toured with Gerry Cinnamon and are all set to explode this year when they tour with Blossoms.

For fans of: The Kooks, Blossoms, The La's, Teenage Fanclub, DMA's, Fever

The Lutras

Razor sharp indie rock with a fearsome live show in their back pocket.

For fans of: The Libertines, The View, The Snuts, The Dunts, Himalayas

The Mysterines

Liverpool's worst kept secret winning hearts and minds everywhere they play. Explosive garage rockers led by Lia Metcalfe with "Icon" and ambition written all over her.

For fans of: BRMC, The Breeders, Elastica, Wolf Alice, Saint Agnes

The Novus

Unrelenting riffs and lashings of power made for moshing.

For fans of: The Amazons, Baby Strange, Avalanche Party, Himalayas

The Now

Explosive, rip-roaring guitars coming right at you live and loud from Wales.

For fans of: The Killers, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Miles Kane, The Pale White, Himalayas, The K's

The Peach Fuzz

Majestic, synth laden pop bangers from Merseyside to outer space.

For fans of: Arcade Fire, The Charlatans, The Coral, Declan McKenna, Spinn

The Point

Relentless, thunderous mod rockers with a flair for melody.

For fans of: The Who, Oasis, The Jam, Miles Kane, The Rifles

The RAH's

Fiercesome and refreshingly raw punk, we've heard the new tunes (coming this year)...they're gonna blow you away.

For fans of: Biffy Clyro, The Snuts, The Dunts, Declan Welsh, Himalayas

The Stray Pursuit

Full of confidence, swagger and funked up guitars.

For fans of: Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Cribs, The Enemy, Trampolene, The Rotanas

The Vitrines

Two piece exploding with thrashing drums and the punk energy of early Arctic Monkeys.

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Slaves, Trampolene, BlackWaters, Getrz

The Young

A massive serving of electrifying, riveting rock and roll delivered with flair.

For fans of: Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, Trampolene, Al Moses

Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison

Rowdy, rolliclicking bar room rock 'n' roll – the British Springsteen.

For fans of: Bruce Springsteen, Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner, The Amazons, The Extons

Village Bully

Oozing lo-fi cool with swooning melodies, like a dream you never want to wake from.

For fans of: PJ Harvey, Saint Etienne, Drugstore, Bat For Lashes, Emily Capell


Divinely melodic, throw-your-arms-in-the-air rock anthems.

For fans of: Biffy Clyro, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Black Foxxes, Mellor

Young Garbo

Gloriously poetic post-punk mayhem hand picked by Alan McGee signed to his new label Creation 23.

For fans of: Happy Mondays, Super Furry Animals, Shame, Rubber Jaw

This Feeling present the following Big in 2020 shows, tickets are available here:

11 - London, Nambucca (w/ The K’s, Ivory Wave, Cruel Hearts Club, The Dead Freights, RIC, Village Bully, The Gulps, Kid Violet)
16 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (w/ Wynt, Young Garbo, The Now, Pastel, The Stray Pursuit)
17 - Glasgow, Broadcast (w/ Spyres, Paris Street Rebels, The Lutras, Lauren Spiteri, The Rah’s, The Asuras)
18 - Manchester, The Bread Shed (w/ Rats, Fever, The Peach Fuzz, Saytr Play, The Claremonts, Bines, Dollie Demi, The Crooks)
21 - London, Roadtrip (w/ Suns Up, My Fiasco, Cascade)
22 - London, Roadtrip (w/ Cavalcade, Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison, Framatics, The Point)
23 - London, Roadtrip (w/ The Clause, Hourglvss, Flowvers, Reflekter, Among The Citizens)
24 - Birmingham, Castle and Falcon (w/ The Novus, Gazelle, Blvff, Luna Rosa, The Institutes)
24 - London, The Fighting Cocks (w/ The Young, Neon Islands, The Gallerys, The Vitrines)
25 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (w/ The Lathums, The Mysterines, The Feens, Andrew Cushin, Serotones, Gold Beach)

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