Yorkshire has proven time and time again that it’s not just good at making tea. Over the years it has given birth to some of the greatest musicians to grace the earth. Pulp, The Cribs, Bring Me The Horizon and of course the Arctic Monkeys, to name a few. It’s certainly not a heritage thing either. The pubs and clubs of Yorkshire are still having their teeth rattled by these excellent brand new acts – in celebration of #YorkshireDay here are NME’s favourite up and coming artists on the northern circuit.
For: Angsty teenagers
For fans of: Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys, Rat Boy
What you need to know: Having burst onto the scene with ‘King Charles’, Yungblud has been touring extensively for the past year. He fuses influences from pop, ska and rock and has a little of Alex Turner’s lyrical flair.
Best track: ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’
For: Mosh-pit dwellers
For fans of: Ty Segall, INHEAVEN
What you need to know: The songs from this gang of garage-punks come with a tsunami of mega-riffs and eardrum-popping bass lines. Definitely don’t want to wear your Sunday best to one of their raucous gigs.
Best track: ‘Porcelain’
For: Rainy Sunday afternoons
For fans of: MGMT, Alvvays, The Orielles
What you need to know: In their Facebook bio the band call themselves the “#1 official most-polite-band 2018”, but don’t let that put you off – the music’s decent too. There’s wonky melodies and gorgeous guitar hooks, all of which collide in stunning fashion on their mini-album ‘Recital’.
Best track: ‘(I Have A) Little Secret’
For: People who have perfected the awkward two-step dance
For fans of: Gengahr, Alt-J, Bad Sound
What you need to know: Caro have infectious grooves, funky bass lines, grubby synth tones, lush falsetto vocals and constantly-changing drum tracks, meaning the balance of calm and storm in their songs is spot on.
Best track: ‘Closet Lunatic’
Gotts Street Park
For: Hazy evenings with your best ones
For fans of: BadBadNotGood, Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Day Wilson
What you need to know: Gotts Street Park keep a relatively low profile despite working with names like rapper Rejjie Snow, and the groove and timelessness of their songs would lead you to believe that they were written in another decade. Their first release, ‘Volume One’, oozes with emotion, personality and style.
Best track: ‘Love In Bad Company’
For: Poetic junkies and angry kids
For fans of: Wolf Alice, Hey Charlie, Shame
What you need to know: Drahla’s instruments scream anger and the rawness of their recordings are mind-blowing – but there’s a level of complete control that will see them assert themselves in years to come.
Best track: Twelve Divisions of the Day
Words: George McMillan