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This Feeling
18:36 2nd February 2021
There's no This Feeling Big in 2021 shows this year, but the country's foremost guitar-artist-detector are showing no signs of pausing for the pandemic. As ever, they're on the search for the UK's best new indie and alternative acts, and still they triumph in those endeavours.
Today, they share with us their big, juicy list of the bands and artists you should be paying attention to in 2021. Remember, these are the people who tipped Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms, Gerry Cinnamon and YONAKA...
Over to This Feeling's Mikey Jonns:


Swooning melodies and fuzzy romance inspired by their 90’s heroes Pavement, Teenage Fanclub and the Pixies. Watch out for their debut album out later this year via EMI Records and Young Thugs. [Interview]
For fans of Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, Coach Party


Three 19-year olds from Utah (USA) making unholy rock and roll. Watch out for a stonking debut single later this year which brings 90s alt-rock energy into the 2020’s
For fans of Nirvana, The Libertines, Pixies, Kings of Leon 


Head-bopping grooves, big hooky choruses and introspective lyricism. [INTERVIEW]
For fans of Blossoms, Circa Waves, The Magic Gang, Glass Caves

Clwb Fuzz

Without doubt one of Wales' most thrilling newcomers. 
For fans of Pixies, The Mysterines, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Coach Party

A sensational blend of shoegaze, grunge and indie pop. [TRACK BY TRACK]

For fans of Pixies, Wolf Alice, Sleeper, The Big Moon, Bull


Cobain Jones

Songs you'll be singing out loud after one listen. 
For fans of Courteeners, Starsailor, Kyle Falconer, The Lathums


Queens of TikTok'n'Roll bring personality, power and punk riffs galore to the table. 
For fans of The Breeders, The Mysterines, Calva Louise, Saint Agnes 

Crystal Tides

They spent 5 weeks on Virgin Radio's day-time playlist last year for a reason. 
For fans of Catfish and The Bottlemen, Circa Waves, Sea Girls, Only The Poets 

Dead Pony

A punk pop time bomb waiting to go off. [REVIEW]
For fans of Elastica, Wolf Alice, Spyres, Voodoos, The Van T's. 

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The Midland's best kept secret: but not for long.
For fans of Michael Kiwanuka, Leonard Cohen, King Krule, Cosmo Pyke 


Rousing, catchy indie rock. 
For fans of Courteeners, DMA’s, The Lathums, Planet


The mother of all mosh pits awaits this lot when this is all over. 
For fans of The Libertines, The Vines, Baby Strange, The Dunts

Garden Party

Manc ones to watch who've already had a # 1 in the iTunes singles chart and can name drop Robert Carlyle as a fan.
For fans of Oasis, Catfish & The Bottlemen, DMA’s, The K’s

George Hennessey

London solo artist who wears his Britpop influences loud and proud.
For fans of Oasis, DMA's, Planet, Dylan John Thomas 

Hayley Mary

Golden pop, folksy balladry and a voice that warms the soul.
For fans of The Cranberries, Chrissy Hyde, DMA's, Lucy Gaffney 


The kind of incendiary alt-rock we’ve all been waiting for.
For fans of Joy Division, Fontaines D.C., The Blinders, The Clockworks

Jamie Pollock

Ex-Vida frontman is back with a clutch of great songs and signed to Run On Records/Modern Sky.
For fans of Oasis, Cast, The Coral, Andrew Cushin 


Outrageously good Brighton based band make tunes that'll send indie discos into a rapture.

For fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Le Tigre, Keneckie, Hourglvss


Louis Croft

Nottingham troubadour with more than a whiff of the next Jake Bugg about him.
For fans of Jake Bugg, The Lathums, Jamie Webster, Jamie Pollock

Lucy Gaffney

A celestial new and LG approved singer-songwriter from Belfast.
For fans of The Cranberries, Haim, The Big Moon


Sold out their first London headline show in a few hours and have already been featured on Soccer AM. 2021, it's on. 

For fans of Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Voodoos, The Estevans



London newcomers signed to tastemaker label Nice Swan Records who rarely put a foot wrong.

For fans of Blur, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Klaxons

Megan Wyn

Fast rising 16 year old Welsh singer songwriter who came to our attention thanks to 'Big in 2020' tip Andrew Cushin.

For fans of Amy MacDonald, Hayley Mary, Andrew Cushin, Lucy Gaffney


Michael Gallagher

Hook laden euphoric indie.
For fans of Noel Gallagher, The Kooks, Cast, Jamie Webster

Pearl Charles

Stunning songs and sublime vocals. Set for superstardom. [ALBUM REVIEW]
For fans of Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Neil Young, The Cardigans 

Rianne Downey

She's already built a loyal army of fans online with covers, now get ready for her own tunes. We've heard them and they're spinetinglingly good.

For fans of Gerry Cinnamon, The Coral, Dylan John Thomas, Andrew Cushin



Everything we've seen and heard so far suggests these young Mancunians are the real deal.

For fans of Oasis, Kasabian, Sticky Fingers, Twisted Wheel



Great guitars, melodies and always, without fail, a monster chorus. 

For fans of Courteeners, DMA’s, The Crooks, Vida



For fans of Oasis, Courteeners, Shed Seven


Wigan lads coming up fast in The Lathums slipstream.
For fans of Ocean Colour Scene, The Rifles, The Lathums


Pure fire, pure fury and a frontman you can't take your eyes off. 
For fans of Slaves, Fontaines D.C., The Blinders


Talkboy - A uniquely special new band from Leeds. 
For fans of The Strokes, Grandaddy, The Big Moon, Sad Boys Club

The Chase

For fans of Kasabian, DMA's, The Twang, Ivory Wave

The Dirty English

A gang of four who'll leave you gagging for more.

For fans of The Clash, The Libertines, Trampolene, The Skinner Brothers


The Kairos

Scuzzy Scouse rock'n'roll anthemia of real quality.
For fans of Oasis, Jet, Miles Kane, Rats

The Katuns

Swagger, hooks and youthful charm are a combo you'll go back for more and more.
For fans of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Courteeners, DMA’s, The Snuts

The Native

Almighty new band who bring to mind the majesty of Coldplay and The Verve.
For fans of The Verve, Coldplay, Embrace, Inhaler

The Roly Mo

Without doubt one of Scotland’s next big breakthrough bands. [REVIEW]
For fans of Artic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Snuts, Voodoos

The Royston Club

The new band from Wales most likely to do a Catfish. 
For fans of Catfish & the Bottlemen, Courteeners, The Rifles, The Clause

The Skinner Brothers

Audacious, charismatic and gonna be massive. 
For fans of Blur, The Libertines, The Streets, Hard-Fi

The Sway

What the Roses and the Mondays would sound like if they were from Liverpool. 
For fans of Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The La’s, The Coral

The Zen Arcade

It's crystal clear from the tunes, the spirit and the buzz in Ireland that these lot are pretty damn special.

For fans of The Raconteurs, Teenage Fanclub, The View, The Clockworks


The Voyd

Sunderland up and comers with spirit, ambition and anthemic choruses of the highest order. 

For fans of The Enemy, Milburn, The K's, Social Room 


Thom Southern

Belfast singer songwriter expertly encompassing the finest cuts of shoegaze, Britpop and 90s slacker rock. 
For fans of Beck, Richard Ashcroft, Ride, Teenage Fanclub


A killer cocktail of riffs, synths, glitter and attitude. 
For fans of Pale Waves, Yonaka, Saint Agnes, Calva Louise  


Impossible to pigeon-hole and increasingly impossible to ignore, this Australian band are well and truly coming into their own. 
For fans of Tame Impala, The S.L.P., The Beta Band, Planet

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