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.

The Big Moon

The Big MoonPress/Charlotte Patmore

From: London

Sounds like: Inclusive, indie-pop fun 

For fans of: Blur, The Libertines, Elastica

It’s impossible not to have fun when The Big Moon are around. Their records jump out of your speakers like partners asking you to dance, intoxicating riffs and dry, wry lyrics wrapping you up in their own world of weird. There’s the luckless matchmaker getting Dutch courage from tropical Rubicon on ‘Cupid’ and soft, sarcastic invites to “blow smoke up my arse” on ‘We’ll Start A Bonfire’ – and that’s just for starters.

On stage, they’re an excitable gang that seem like they can’t believe their luck to be there, but don’t let that get in the way of goofing off. At their biggest headline show to date at London’s Scala in November singer and guitarist Juliette Jackson opened their set by standing looking wide-eyed at the audience and yelling: “It feels like Christmas!”

Debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ arrives on April 17 and bassist Celia Archer tells NME “it’s going to be iconic,” explaining the band recorded it live over the course of 12 days “and then just sprinkled some fairy dust over the top”.

Likely to be one of the standout tracks on the record is ‘Formidable’, a surging, empowering track that Archer says was written as a message of support for a friend and “makes me feel all the feelings when we play it.”

“I remember the first time we played [it],” she says. “We were all looking at each other like, ‘Wow, this is so special, this is cool!’ It’s really cool that there are these things in the world that I’ve made with my friends.”

The Big Moon might be their very own little gang of friends, but it’s hard not to feel like you’re with them, even after just one listen. Come spring, their circle should get a hell of a lot bigger.

Rhian Daly

Our goal for 2017 is: “To fully enjoy all the feelings that come with releasing our debut album to the world and to savour every incredible moment as we run all over the place playing it to people in sweaty rooms. Also maybe to shower more regularly?”

The one thing you need to know about us is: “That we don’t all necessarily shower that regularly.”

See them live: They’ll be touring the UK in April and May.

Essential track: ‘Formidable’

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