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The Heavy Heavy: “Our sound? The Rolling Stones meets The Mamas & The Papas”

The retro-rockers on evoking the greats of the past (without pastiche) and hitting hit the road with Black Pumas

STRABE: Dublin duo crafting strobe-lit pop for disco dancing

As they prepare to release their debut mixtape, the pair discuss their evolving sound and the role of fate in their journey

Been Stellar: New Yorkers writing their own chapter in their city’s storied guitar scene

Ahead of a run of UK dates, the five-piece discuss defying the clichés and finding their own shimmering edge amid the city’s hustle and bustle

The Umlauts: gloriously fearless tunes that refuse to play by the rules

The four-piece make expressive, confounding art-punk by wrapping elements of French, German and Italian traditions into their sound

Grove: “You’ve got to poke the rage button, but direct it somewhere once you have”

The Bristol artist will take their dirty bangers to Glastonbury for four sets in the festival’s most incendiary corners

CVC: South Wales rockers’ joyous, outrageously groovy rebirth

The six-piece honed their vintage psych sound on Cardiff’s music scene – but now they’re unafraid to jump into the unknown

The Gulps: fearless globe-trotters determined to kick off disco-punk revolution

The band's next single aims to reignite some rock'n'roll chaos in a scene sorely in need of some colourful characters

Sophie May: “I woke up after a big night out to see Billie Eilish calling my song ‘beautiful'”

The Londoner's early material shows flashes of Joni Mitchell and Sam Fender – her performances at low-key open-mic nights may not last much longer

Joy Anonymous: pop-up rave duo spreading the gospel of connection

Their guerilla gigs in the capital brought relief to NHS workers last summer – now a Fred again.. support slot and Glastonbury appearance will help the good word travel further

Surya Sen: hip-house groovers leading a new wave of British-Asian talent

London producer, rapper and DJ Surya Sen talks embracing his Bengali heritage, and achieving better representation in dance music
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