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.


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From: Essex

Sounds like: Club R&B with a pop twist.

For fans of: Clean Bandit, Katy B, Jessie Ware


Need to know: Having grown up belting out tunes in Les Miserables and becoming a karate world champion, Anne-Marie bagged herself a slot as Rudimental’s live singer. She recently left the group to pursue a solo career.

What’s next: She’s just been nominated for the BRITs Critic Choice Award and will be eyeing up festivals no doubt to cement her rise.

See them live: Live dates for 2017 are inevitable.

Essential track: ‘Alarm’




From: North London

Sounds like: Monstrous rock riffs topped off with Harlea’s sultry vocals.

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, The Kills, Royal Blood

Need to know: So far, Harlea’s keeping things mysterious – but her stomping debut single ‘Miss Me’ racked up over a hundred thousand streams in a couple of days and attention is continue to grow.

What’s next: Next single is being prepped for an early January release and her first live date sold out within hours. Festival slots could come calling next summer.

See the live: The Lexington, London (January 13)

Essential track: ‘Miss Me’

Dream Wife


From: London via Reykjavik and Brighton

Sounds like: No-fucks-given art-punk that takes in Spice Girls references (‘FUU’) and often deceivingly sweet vocals (‘Hey Heartbreaker’, ‘Lolita’).

For fans of: Black Honey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Le Tigre

Need to know: They supported Black Honey earlier this year on one of the year’s most exciting tours and were handpicked to model for Vivienne Westwood. Next year should see them capitalise on those strong starts.

What’s next: Keep an eye out for their debut album – the band started recording it earlier this year.

See them live: They’re kicking off their year with a short headline tour in mid-January.

Essential track: ‘FUU’

Willow Robinson

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From: Herefordshire

Sounds like: Pastoral, country-flecked singer-songwriting with Floyd and gospel decorations.

For fans of: Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, Robert Plant

Need to know: Fresh from a failed duo enterprise in LA, Robinson was discovered by Alan McGee playing a solo gig in McGee’s Tabernacle chapel venue and signed to the newly-formed Creation Management. Over 2016 he released a series of singles including ‘Stones’ and ‘Ocean Blue’, showcasing his rootsy Americana and rather natty biker’s jacket.

Essential track: ‘Ocean Blue’



From: London

Sounds like: Jerky guitar riffs and scuzzy melodies set to frontman Patrick’s damning vocals.

For fans of: The Cribs, Wolf Alice, The Fall

Need to know: Instead of toiling away perfecting in the studio, the London group found an empty rehearsal space, set up some BETA cameras and recorded their bullish debut EP ‘TVEP’ in one go. The result were well-crafted and thrilling tracks laced with post-punk spirit.

What’s next: The group are currently working on their set-to-be massive debut album

See them live: Keep your eyes peeled for some lo-fi and enthralling 2017 dates.

Essential track:  ‘I Wanna Be A Totem’