THE VPME – One’s To Watch 2021


How can music recover in 2021? Well, that depends on our ability to control COVID 19 and then see who and what is left standing. Personally, I’m hoping the artists listed below have every opportunity to develop and thrive creatively as well as expanding their fan base because under normal circumstances I’d expect most of them to make some sort of impact over the next 12 months. We do need to support emerging artists we love more than ever for obvious financial reasons but also lest we get stuck on the eternal merry-go-round of nostalgia. Although as a caveat if a new band emerges who sound like Oasis they can f**k right off. Just as one pandemic is enough for one generation to contend with, one Oasis is also more than enough. I’d contend it’s this fetid miasma of nostalgia that has led to so-called indie and alternative music which was once arguably at the vanguard of innovation, becoming so f**king dull and predictable. Yet many still plough that well-worn cow shit- strewn furrow, because alas it remains baffling popular. And it’s this sort of oak headed mutton fingered lad rock aimed at those who remain suspended in the derivative thrall of the likes of  Kasabian, The Arctic Monkeys (insert your favourite here) that has led me to conclude that a large percentage of  (UK) indie music has been, over recent years,  about as interesting as Gavin Williamson narrating Finnegan’s Wake whilst boiling a sock. There’ll be none of that arrant nonsense here.


Normally at this time of year, I’d be planning who,  amongst the artists I’ve tipped, are touring in the coming months.  This year that’s been a pretty short process. Now my highlights of the week involve doomscrolling social media, shouting “well that was f**king shit “ at various Netflix shows and perhaps indulging in a cheeky, but necessary socially distanced visit to the “big” Sainsburys up the road.


I wrote a few words about a number of artists listed below for Under The Radar magazine recently as part of their Tips for 2021 including Coach Party, Baby Queen,  Bleach Lab and Katie Wood.  You can read that HERE and HERE .   Thing is I had more recommendations than space  – which is why this post exists – to highlight more up and coming music  Below is a Spotify playlist followed by links to each artist’s social media and a few videos.  Hope you find something that makes life rather more interesting because we have a few more months of social distancing and lockdowns yet I fear. But we can do it.

Here’s the playlist

Ones to Watch 2021 – The artists

1.Bleach Lab

2. Baby Queen

3. Katie Wood

4. Circe

5.Georgia Twinn

6. Coach Party

7. girlhouse

8. King Hannah

Photo credit: Lucy Mclachlan

9.Phoebe Green

10. New Dad

11.Holly Humberstone

12.Drug Store Romeos

13. Celestial North

14. Lissy Taylor


16.Linn Koch Emmery

17.Charlotte Rose Benjamin

18. Lime

19. Tiger Mimic

20. Hannah’s Litte Sister

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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