The NME 100: essential new music for 2017

Like new music? Then you're in the right place. Here is the NME 100, a full century of brand new acts set to explode in 2017. Whether you're into grime, indie, rock, punk, hip hop, dance, pop or genres not-yet defined, your new favourite artist or band is in here – all you need to do is listen.


Bad Nerves


From: East London

Sounds like: Short, punchy garage rock laced with energetic hooks.

For fans of: Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, FIDLAR


Need to know: Initial self-releases of ‘Wasted Days’ and ‘Can’t Be Mine’ zip by at electrifying pace and their live shows are always a riotous prospect.

What’s next: Their official debut single is due in January. Expect the fanbase to explode soon after.

See them live: The band are a fixture in the London scene and will no doubt extend that nationwide soon.

Essential track: ‘Wasted Days’


Liv Dawson


From: London

Sounds like: From weighty ballads to pop-house, Dawson is still nailing her sound down – but it’s gripping whatever she does.

For fans of: Adele, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding

Need to know: At 17 years old, Dawson has got a stunning vocal range beyond her years – but already she’s racked up millions of streams and even worked with one half of Disclosure on latest single ‘Open Your Eyes’.

What’s next: She’s working with Adele collaborator Tobias Jesso Jr. as well as Disclosure’s Guy on a new EP due in Spring.

See them live: London Omeara (February 15)

Essential track: ‘Open Your Eyes’

Rejjie Snow


From: Dublin

Sounds like: Laidback and creative hip-hop from Dublin.

For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest, Dr Dre

Need to know: The 23-year-old has already released material under several monikers, but his West-Coast-influenced beats and rave reviews assure that this latest one will stick.

What’s next: He’s currently working on his debut album, with the same team behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.

See them live: Glasgow o2 ABC 2 (April 19), Birmingham o2 Institute (21), Manchester Academy 2 (22)

Essential track: ‘D.R.U.G.S’



From: Tromsø, Norway

Sounds like: Sleek, self-assured Scandi-pop.

For fans of: Katy Perry, Tove Lo, Haim

Need to know: Having grown up in a house of jazz musicians, Dagny went back to her first love, pop, for her solo material. Debut EP ‘Ultraviolet’ packed insanely choruses in the form of hit singles ‘Backbeat’ and ‘Fools Gold’, both of which exploded in mainland Europe.

What’s next: She’s set for a single live date in London in early January, then is readying a new EP for Summer.

See them live: London The Lexington (January 9)

Essential track: ‘Fools Gold’

Nadia Rose

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From: London

Sounds like: So sweetly foul-mouthed that she was the natural replacement when Azealia Banks was dropped as headliner of last year’s Born & Bred festival for Tweeting like a drunk UKIP Westboro Baptist campaigner, Nadia Rose makes stark and saucy grime cruisers that would make Peaches blush.

For fans of: Lady Leshurr, Novelist, Khia

Need to know: A cousin of Stormzy, Nadia had something of a leg-up from writing lyrics on racing slips in a Croydon betting shop to a main stage appearance at Wireless 2016 inside a year, but her meteoric rise has been entirely justified by sizzling elasticated rap singles like ‘Skwod’, ‘D.F.W.T’ (‘Don’t Fuck With Them’ to the acronym-shy) and ‘BOOM!’.

What’s next: With European dates and festival slots already being confirmed, 2017 will be another giant leap year for Nadia.

See them live: Sheffield Outlines 2017 (March 3)

Essential Track: ‘Skwod’