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.

King Nun


From: London

Sounds like: Brilliantly bratty grunge that hides subtly clever elements under eardrum-battering riffs and unfaltering energy.


For fans of: Nirvana, Drenge, The Wytches.

Need to know: The Kingston-based four-piece have already made an impressive start with snotty debut single ‘Tulip’ and its accompanying DIY video that, although simple, is impossible to look away from.

What’s next: They’ll be keen to follow debut single ‘Tulip’ with something even more unpredictable and exhilarating in the form of an EP.

See them live: No dates confirmed as yet, but expect them to be a fixture at small venues across the country over the next 12 months.

Essential track: ‘Tulip’

Tom Grennan

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From: Bedford

Sounds like: Acoustic folk-pop bolstered by Grennan’s huge voice.

For fans of: Ed Sheeran, Hozier, The Last Shadow Puppets

Need to know: After a tipple at a house party, Tom discovered his impressive gravelly vocals. Soon after he began writing his own material and landed himself a role on Chase & Status track ‘All Goes Wrong’.

What’s next: He’s heading out on a nationwide tour in February with a new EP on the cards

See them live: The Cookie, Leicester (February 7), Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham (8), Bush Hall, London (9)

Essential track: ‘Something In The Water’

Holly Macve


From: Yorkshire

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey sinking tragically into a pond on Ilkley Moor.

For fans of: Mazzy Star, Lana Del Rey, Laura Marling

Need to know: Tucked away on Bella Union for the past eighteen months, sublime nu-country Yorkshire lass Macve has been quietly releasing misty, maudlin laments (‘The Corner Of My Mind’) and more partner-swinging tunes musing on the afterlife (‘No One Has The Answers’). A tour with John Grant and her gorgeous live solo Mahogany session track ‘Fear’ from May 2016 were breakout moments though, setting her up as the siren to sing away 2017’s Trump-era troubles.

What’s next: Debut album ‘Golden Eagle’ is due in March.

See them live: The Old Market Assembly, Bristol, (April 4), Komedia, Brighton, (5), St John On Bethnal Green, London, (6)

Essential track: ‘The Corner Of My Mind’

Noga Erez

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From: Tel Aviv

Sounds like: Being one of those genetically enhanced CIA experiments in a cult sci-fi film being chased by undercover agents through an S&M electro dungeon while gimps with bloody scissors leer in your face through the strobes.

For fans of: MIA, Bjork, St Vincent

Need to know: Her recent solo release ‘Dance While You Shoot’ tees up one of 2017’s most innovative and, judging by the video, explosively pink artists.

What’s next: Stay tuned for some pulsating new music due in 2017.

Essential track: ‘Dance While You Shoot’

Alfa Mist

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From: East London

Sounds like: The tension dreams you have, just before dawn, about being stuck in an evil jazz club with a dozen ghostly Craig Davids.

For fans of: Ghostpoet, Thom Yorke, John Legend

Need to know: Primarily a producer, Alfa Mist collaborates with soul singers like Emmavie, Tom Misch and Lester Duval, with whom he released the ‘2nd Exit EP’ in 2016, a seven-track insight into the struggles of a pair of London post-soul soundscape producers with barely a few hundred thousand Spotify plays to rub together.

What’s next: Work on new music is likely currently under way.

See them live: No tour dates have been announced just yet

Essential Track: ‘No Peace’