2016 is drawing to an almighty close and arguably will go down in history as one of the most hectic and unpredictable years in modern history. The tragic death of icons like David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister (only two of the many icons who died this year) shocked the world to its core.
However it’s not all doom and gloom for 2016, Plugged In has rounded up five acts we believe have made a real breakthrough this year, see the list below.
After featuring in our Sound of 2016 post at the start of this year, YAK rocketed to immediate success, supporting The Last Shadow Puppets and releasing an album that was praised by critics the band launched themselves into a massive tour. They finished the year by releasing two singles: “Heavens Above” and “Semi-Automatic” the trio headed back into the studio to work on their follow up.
Scottish pop rockers White surfaced from the Glaswegian scene back last year but this year has definitely been for them. Releasing a fantastic four-track EP they stormed festival season and have toured rigorously throughout the year. A debut album is waiting in the wings and next year will only build on the breakout success White have had in 2016.
3. BABY STRANGE
Releasing one of 2016’s most powerful albums, Baby Strange broke out into the limelight with tracks like “Pure Evil” and “Pleasure City” their debut built on this with newer songs “Nude” and “Human” which helped make this album a massive success. Like their good friends White, Baby Strange also toured throughout the year and helped to develop a loyal and loving fan base.
After many many YouTube releases and a back catalogue of some recorded and a lot of unrecorded music, Blaenavon came into 2016 with the release of the epic “I Will Be The World” which lead onto a range of new music from the band. The single “Let’s Pray” transformed into a four track EP, then “My Bark Is Your Bite” showed off a much more matured Blaenavon, with a dazzling B-side of “You Pretty Little Thing”. Blaenavon have pretty much controlled a lot of 2016 and 2017 is theirs for the taking, if they want it.
1. CLEAN CUT KID
The BBC picked up on Clean Cut Kid’s 2015 track “Vitamin C” a long while ago, however its been 2016 that the four-piece really came into their own. Releasing a string of new music, supported the Courtneers on their UK dates and played nearly every festival in the UK over summer, Clean Cut Kid have put the work in seen the results. 2016 has definitely seen this band break into the mainstream.