After a fantastic year of music in 2009 – bringing us the likes of Florence + the machine, Temper Trap and Lady Gaga – it’s time to look forward and predict which artists will be grooving and shaking down your ipod headphones in 2010.
10. The Swellers
Back in 09′ the punk outfit became better known worldwide when they signed to indie label Fueled By Ramen and released their fourth full-length Ups And Downsizing to universal acclaim. Being no strangers to touring – “We tour because we’re not good at anything else. We love our songs and want to play them all night and see our friends, so we go on tour” – the band impressed concertgoers when they opened for label-mates Paramore and toured with the likes of Set Your Goals and Less Than Jake. In 2010 the boys are stepping it up a notch as they join the Give It A Name Introduces Tour (which brought the UK Lights and Versaemerge in 09′) across the UK and Europe as well as a three-week stint on the legendary Vans Warped Tour. The live environment is where The Swellers belong, it’s where both the music and band come to life, so I strongly suggest you make your way over to see them before they start selling out venues!
9. The Rocket Summer
Bryce Avary started off the year with a bang as he released the highly anticipated new album, Of Men and Angels which deservedly reached the top spot at 1# in the itunes chart. To accompany the new record Avary will be on the road for the majority of the year having already booked shows up until the end of August! Not only is he touring the states with chart toppers One Republic AND legendary rock group The Goo Goo Dolls but he’s also confirmed to play Slamdunk festival in the UK – as well as a handful of headlining shows – and the whole of this years Vans Warped Tour. An incredible feat for any artist but there’s no doubt that hardworking TRS will add more tour dates as the year goes on. 2010 looks set to be the year that Avary will gain the recognition he deserves.
Shred favorites Azriel ended 09′ on a high as they joined music management group The Artery Foundation, being one of the first UK bands to do so. Even after a relentless touring schedule last year it seems that the boys have enough in them for one more European tour supporting US band For The Fallen Dreams this March before they head into the studio to record their brand new album; slated for release later this year. The teaser of some new songs with demos on their myspace page and at live shows have got people seriously excited to hear what comes next from the melodic metalcore five-piece and my bet is that it’ll be something spectacular.
7. Now, Now Every Children
Minneapolis duo Now, Now Every Children may not have a tour or new record scheduled for 2010 as of yet but you can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll still be an exciting year for the pair and their fans. It was late last year that many of us were introduced to their catchy, indie-rock when they opened for platinum selling band Paramore on their UK/European tour, where they received an overwhelmingly positive response resulting in pleads for them to return and a fantastic fan website (www.nownoweverychildren.net/). Currently in the demo stages of their follow-up to popular debut Cars the band are playing shows around their hometown to keep themselves busy. Keep an eye on these two, you never quite know whats going to happen next.
6. Ellie Goulding
23 year old Ellie Goulding has already achieved in 2010 what most artists struggle to achieve in a lifetime. Having won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 poll Goulding went on to win the critics choice Brit Award in February before her debut album had even been released. The ten-track full length Lights went straight into the UK chart at number one when it was released this March, knocking Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster from the top spot. Currently on tour with rockers Passion Pit, Goulding embarks on a UK headlining tour this March/April and has been confirmed for this years V-festival in August. Most of the upbeat pop-artists shows have sold out so be sure to get your hands on a pair of tickets next time she comes to a venue near you.