THE BEST ACTS OF 2016

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2016 has come to a climatic ending. The year Donald Trump was actually made POTUS, the UK left the EU and Liam Fray storming off stage after being hit (again) has given us many incredible acts and the talent has been nothing other than exceptional.

It wouldn’t really be an end of year post if Loose Cardigan of Ideas didn’t outline those who have taken our fancy to make it big in 2017. These are just a handful of the characters we have had the pleasure of listening to over the past 12 months.

DECLAN MCKENNA

The meme lord and quirky teenager has developed a fan base both sides of ‘the pond’ and his name is scattered all over Twitter. With banging hits such as Paracetamol coming out this year to go alongside 2014’s Brazil and the FIFA 17 anthem Isombard, the development of Declan McKenna will be interesting in 2017. His first UK headline tour starts in January so we have plenty of time to see how 2017 goes for him.

CLEAN CUT KID

Possibly the loveliest people in music with a discography just as pleasurable. Plugging singles pretty much non-stop over 2016 has seen the Liverpool band become one of the most talked about acts – support slots with The Courteeners and headline shows up and down the county. Pop-fused indie rock that sounds superb is what the likes of We Used To Be In Love and Pick Me Up stem from.

BLAENAVON

They made the list last year and it would be unfair to remove them. After waiting years to see them, we finally got the pleasure in November 2015 and since then they just won’t go away! Not a bad thing, obviously. Their singles I Will Be The World and Let’s Pray were released on a super sweet double A side 7″ and it has been constantly spinning since receiving it. Their live show is phenomenal and they will only keep growing.

PLAZA

Plaza started the year supporting NGOD at a club night in Middlesbrough and they have ended it with three opening slots for Gengahr in Leeds, Middlesbrough and Newcastle via a Manchester show with Rat Boy. The potential of the Hartlepool four-piece is massive and if they keep producing hits such as Youth and Blood Orange they are certain to be a household name before long.

BOSTON MANOR

Not a particularly new band, but one that have excelled themselves non-stop over the past year. Finally heading out to USA, packed shows in the UK and the release of debut LP BE NOTHING makes the Blackpool emo-punks one of our top tips of 2017. They are set to head back out to The States with Moose Blood and said: “We’ll see you next year,” when they played Newcastle’s Think Tank? so keep your eyes peeled.

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Do you agree with out list? Let us know via Twitter (@LCOIBLOG) who you expect to be massive this time next year…

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