Essential new artists for 2020 – discover 10 future headliners


It’s 2020 and there’s a world of sick new music out there from the next generation of artists breaking through. Today’s sounds, tomorrow’s voices.

We selected 8 future headliners for you to watch out for and stream. 


FFO: Wolf Alice, Nilüfer Yanya, The Big Moon, Gengahr
Best track: Right Round The Clock 

Sorry are an exciting new band from North London centred around Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen, two 22-year-old childhood best friends. Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation on London’s underground circuit. Their raw sound is catchy without losing its cool.

FFO: Clario, Flume, Robyn, Shanti Celeste, Pom Poko, DJ Seinfeld, Bonobo
Best Track: Maybe in the Summer 

I first discovered Sunniva Lindgård, aka SASSY 009, at Norway’s Øyafestivalen in 2018. Their live set reminded me of the time James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur show came to Store Street. The young Scandinavian is essentially creating electro pop music, but with a harder edge, intricate lyrics and a profound sense of intimacy. It was hard to name just one best track; the entire eight-track ‘KILL SASSY 009’ EP is a flawless body of work.

FFO: Billie Eilish, Banks, FLETCHER, Lennon Stella, Dua Lipa, bülow, Nao 
Best Track: Different Things 

‘Different Things’, the debut single by GRACEY, was a standout pop song of 2019, and is massively underrated. She might be flying low under the radar for now, but GRACEY has all the ingredients of a future alt-pop superstar.  

Alfie Templeman

Alfie Templeman  
FFO: Rex Orange County, Easy Life, Loyle Carner, Mac DeMarco 
Best Track: Used To Love 

Gen Z musicians are pushing the boundaries of modern music and creating exciting, fresh sounds that are worth checking out. 17-year-old Alfie Templeman is part of Gen Z’s indie bedroom pop scene, influenced a lot by Mac DeMarco and Tyler, The Creator. Used To Love is an honest song about how isolating it can feel to grow apart from someone.

FFO: Doja Cat, GIRLI, cupcaKKe, Yung Baby Tate, Charli XCX, Grimes 
Best Track: Working Bitch

Ashnikko is an example of how modern technology can propel an artist. Her career in music goes way beyond her being any kind of ‘social media star’, but the Tik Tok app has gained Ashnikko listeners and fans from all parts of the world. The fascinating singer song-writer is unapologetically herself and takes no prisoners with her firey, feminist lyrics. Ashnikko is the perfect popstar for the new decade.

Omar Apollo 
FFO: James Blake, 6LACK, Frank Ocean, Bruno Major, Col3trane 
Best Track: Trouble 

Indiana singer-songwriter Omar Apollo makes the kind of you music you completely melt into. An essential new artist for romantics.

Ama Lou
FFO: Jazmine Sullivan, Amber Mark, IAMDDB, Kehlani, Mahalia
Best Track: We tried, we tried.

Ama, who? Ama Lou is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from North London with a talent for turning heartbreak into silky R&B bops.

070 Shake

070 Shake
FFO: Post Malone, Syd, Reo Cragun, Jay Prince, Tierra Whack
Best Track: Guilty Conscience

22-year-old Danielle Balbuena, better known by her stage name 070 Shake, is an American hip hop recording artist from North Bergen, New Jersey. Guilty Conscience is a song offering a rare perspective on infidelity.

Lola Young
FFO: Adele, Lily Allen, Sinead Harnett, Jorja Smith, Lily Moore 
Best Track: 6 Feet Under 

I first discovered Lola Young at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in 2019 and instantly fell for her charm. Fiercely independent and possessing a true artistic vision, 18-year-old Lola has all the potential, spirit and individuality to become the UK’s next biggest talent.

Another Sky 
FFO: London Grammar, Radiohead, Daughter, The xx, Novo Amor
Best Track: Brave Face

When you listen to Another Sky, it’s probably Catrin Vincent’s voice that’ll catch your attention first. Every song of theirs builds to a lush crescendo. On the new single Brave Face, Catrin’s powerful voice soars above the intense production as she empowers anyone listening: ‘fuck being patient, or complacent… demand all you deserve.’