New year, new year me: that’s what a whole host of bands and artists will be chanting as 2016 slowly awakens from its embryonic state, inspired to make their mark on the next 12 months. And whilst the rise of new and undiscovered talent is so often a joy to behold, much attention will be placed on the crop of musicians who are set to make their return to either the live circuit or our streaming services in 2016. Here’s our round-up of 2016’s potential comeback kings, from the massive to the, er, Milburn.
Last album: ‘The Sweet Escape’, December 2006
Her duties with No Doubt aside, Ms. Stefani hasn't released a record since 2006, when she cooed about escaping with Akon (remember him?). However, Gwen released a new single in October - a not-so-subtle track about her ex-husband entitled ‘Used To Love You’ - and a new album should drop sometime this year.
Last album: ‘Opposites’, January 2013
Biffy made their live return on New Year's Eve at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, kicking off what'll be a very active 2016 for the three-piece. They've been busily beavering away in the studio for the past year, so it's not too outrageous a suggestion to say that they'll be releasing their seventh album very soon.
Last album: ‘Coexist’, September 2012
After Jamie's billboard 2015, his bandmates are welcoming him back to the fold in 2016. Recently posting a photo of the producer extraordinaire in the studio with a Malfoy-ed Oliver Sims, you'd best get yourself ready for what'll be the three-piece's first album for over three years.
Last album: ‘Partie Traumatic’, July 2008
You probably haven't thought of these guys for a while, have you? Black Kids were everywhere in 2008 with the inescapable indie-pop likes of 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You' and 'Hurricane Jane'. This in-the-studio photo was posted late last year, so could the five-piece be returning in 2016?
The Last Shadow Puppets
Last album: ‘The Age of the Understatement’, 2008
The return of Alex'n'Miles was teased in the form of two hype-y trailers late last year, but the promise of new material in 'Spring' has become all the more real now that we're officially in 2016.
Guns N' Roses
Last album (with Slash): ‘"The Spaghetti Incident?"’, November 1993
Slash appears to have ended his feud with Axl Rose because rock 'n' roll conquers all - the classic Guns N' Roses line-up are rumoured to be headlining Coachella in April, as well as hitting the road across the grand ol' US of A throughout 2016. Will it all end in tears though?
Two Door Cinema Club
Last album: ‘Beacon’, August 2012
The Northern Irish three-piece had a New Year's message for their Facebook followers, promising "new music, new shows, new everything." Fans have been patient in waiting for this kind of activity - TDCC haven't played live since December 2013.
Last album: ‘These Are the Facts’, September 2007
Yes, Milburn are promising a 2016 return - the one-time Arctic Monkeys support band released two albums as their Sheffield brothers-in-arms went stratospheric, before disbanding in 2008. But frontman Joe Carnall Jnr recently posted that "the boys are coming for you!”, with their site displaying the date '18.1.2016'
Last album: ‘No Blues’, October 2013
The Cardiff six-piece have already made a tongue-in-cheek reference to a "comeback tour" in 2045 with this illustration, but the band are returning this year to play several low-key festival dates in the summer. But with each bandmember now employed elsewhere, is a new record a feasible proposition?
Kings of Leon
Last album: Mechanical Bull’, September 2013
The Nashville rockers are geared towards "getting the record finished in 2016" - that's according to drummer Nathan Followill, anyway. That quote came from a recent interview with the AP, where he also predicted that "2016 is going to be a good year, I got a feeling" - let's believe him, shall we?
Last album: ‘Studio 1’, November 2006
Could the return of the '90s girl-group be 2016's greatest comeback? Well, maybe - if they're able to record a full album's worth of songs that are as individually great as 'Pure Shores' then they'll certainly have a good shot at it.
Last album: ‘MGMT’, September 2013
Things slowed somewhat for the Connecticut duo after the mass head-scratching that their sophomore record 'Congratulations' induced - so much so that their third, self-titled album barely made a splash in the ocean. Can they return stronger this time round, recapturing the good-feeling of those halcyon days of 2007/8?
Last album: ‘The Next Day’, March 2013
Well, you probably knew about this one already. But is 'Blackstar' any good? Check out NME's verdict over here once you've read the final act that we're tipping for a big comeback in 2016...
Last album: ‘This Is Happening’, May 2010
Again, you may have heard whispers about this comeback in the past week or so - but whilst there is great excitement over James Murphy's and co.'s confirmed headline slot at Coachella, there'll be plenty of hoping the world over for new material to accompany this return to action.
Last album: ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, May 2013
It's high-time that Ezra dons this snazzy tracksuit again - the frontman of the NYC four-piece tweeted on New Year's Day "2016: vampire weekend & getting jacked (or shredded)", which surely means that everyone's favourite Oxford Commas will return with new music sometime this year.