Get To Know The BBC Sound Of 2020 Longlist

Posted: Friday 13 December 2019

Every year, the BBC Sound Of list gets revealed. Made up of acts who are tipped for big things in the year ahead, it gives us all a good insight as to who will be dominating stages and airwaves in the coming months. Last year’s list included Dermot Kennedy, Rosalia and Slowthai, to name a few and 2020’s list is shaping up nicely as well. Before they crown the winner, let’s take a closer look at some of the nominees who are hitting our venues in the near future.


Since the release of his debut album last year, Yungblud has been stomping his way through the music industry with his explosive energy and punk spirit. The Doncaster-born singer and musician has been enjoying sold out tours worldwide and made quite the impression with his main stage Reading and Leeds slot this summer, alongside releasing a string of politically-charged singles this year. 2019 also saw him team up with Halsey and Blink 182’s Travis Barker for the huge dark anthem, ’11 Minutes’ and his collaborations with Machine Gun Kelly, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Marshmello and blackbear all helped to establish his status as an artist in demand. After such an impressive year, you may think Yungblud would want a rest, but there’s still so much more to come from this young firecracker, so buckle up because it’s going to be quite the ride.

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Tuesday 26 May* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Wednesday 27 May* Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 28 May* Buy Tickets

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O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 4 June Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


Celeste has already been named the BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year and the BRIT Awards Rising Star, so expect all eyes to be on the Brighton soul singer throughout 2020. Her latest single, ‘Strange’, has been nominated as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record Of The Year and also seen support from Elton John and DJ Target, but this praise is truly deserved. With a voice rich and soft like velvet, Celeste’s stunning performances will have you bedazzled from the start and it’s easy to see why she’s being tipped as one of the biggest acts of the new decade. Having already supported Janelle Monae and Michael Kiwanuka, as well as selling out a headline London residency, Celeste is going into 2020 with her biggest live show yet and we can guarantee it’ll be one of the standout moments of her career, so make sure you’re there.

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Finding influence in The Stones Roses, The Cure and Joy Division, this Irish quartet are taking what they love about old-school rock music and bringing it into the modern age. Frontman, Elijah Hewson, may be the son of Bono (yep, the one from U2) but that’s where the similarities end. Inhaler have a certain romance about their music that sets them apart from other bands emerging from the Emerald Isle. Still enjoying the life of being a teenager, their songs reflect their journey to adolescence and despite only having a clutch of singles readily available, they’ve built up a dedicated following of fans who are on a similar path of their own. Having sold out their December headline shows well in advance, the boys are back on the road for a mammoth tour in early spring and we’d recommend not waiting around on getting your tickets for this one.

O2 Academy Liverpool: Wednesday 12 February Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 13 February Buy Tickets

We also caught up with nominees, Easy Life, over the summer to talk about their year so far and when we can expect a debut full-length.

The full BBC Sound of 2020 Longlist is as follows:
Arlo Parks
Easy Life
Joy Crookes

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