The Firefly Music Festival just announced their 2016 lineup, and it’s, of course, incredible. We’ve compiled a detailed list of all 100+ artists scheduled to perform, complete with bios and music videos. Check out the full Firefly 2016 lineup below, and be sure to get your Firefly tickets soon!
2016 Firefly Music Festival Lineup
Mumford & Sons
British folk rock group Mumford & Sons rose to fame shortly after the release of their hit debut album Sigh No More, and they have since gone on to earn six Grammy nominations and several multiplatinum singles. Formed in 2007, the band is made up of members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons has been very influential in recent years, inspiring a movement of bands with a similar style to their own, and their mainstream success has paved the way for the rising popularity of other artists with folk and bluegrass influence. In May, Mumford & Sons released their third studio album, Wilder Mind, which marks a notable shift from their acoustic folk style towards a more electric and rock-oriented sound.
Kings of Leon
The Followills (brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared and their cousin Matthew) were born and bred in the South, so it’s no wonder their band Kings of Leon does Southern rock right. Formed in 2000, the band moved to Nashville to get their start, where they were quickly noticed and signed by RCA a year later. Their first album was moderately successful in the U.K., but their sophomore effort, 2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak, made them European rock superstars. Success in the U.S. followed with the release of their third album, Because of the Times, in 2007, but their real mainstream break came a year later with the release of Only By the Night, which spawned some of the band’s best-known hit singles like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Now with six successful albums out there, Kings of Leon is one of the biggest rock acts of today and continually headlines some of the world’s biggest music festivals each year.
Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine, led by vocal powerhouse Florence Welch, rose to popularity with the release of their debut studio album Lungs in 2009. Lungs quickly became one of the best-selling albums of that year, and their singles were used in a number of movies and television shows, garnering more exposure for the band. Their rising mainstream success paved the way for several awards and recognitions, including a nomination for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their second full-length album, Ceremonials, also earned them two Grammy nominations in 2013. Florence + The Machine released a third album this May, titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
Toronto native and famed DJ/producer Joel Zimmerman performs under the stage name deadmau5, which is a reference to an incident when he once found a dead mouse inside his computer. Always sporting his trademark giant LED mouse head, he puts on spectacular performances for huge audiences all over the world. He has proven himself as a legend in electronic and house music, and has been extremely influential in the genre.
English pop star Ellie Goulding, known for hit singles like “Lights” and “Love Me Like You Do,” has become an established presence on mainstream radio in the last few years. After starting her career off rather quietly in the UK, Goulding eventually won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 poll, signifying her promise as a talented emerging artist. Soon afterward, she released her debut album Lights, which reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and became an international success. Following the success of her first album, she released a sophomore record called Halcyon in 2012, after which she went on tour supporting Bruno Mars. As of this month, Goulding just released her brand new album Delirium.
English electronic music duo Disclosure consists of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. Their breakthrough came in 2012 with the hit single “Latch,” which features vocals from Sam Smith. A year later, they released their debut album Settle, earning the Lawrence brothers their first Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album. On September 25, the duo released their highly anticipated sophomore album Caracal. The new record features collabs with The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lorde, and more.
Few bands defined pop punk near the turn of the century quite like Blink-182. From 1999 into the early 2000s, the band dominated rock radio stations with now-timeless hits like “All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again?” and “I Miss You” among others. Their easily accessible brand of punk resonated with audiences everywhere, as evidenced by their platinum record sales and sold out concerts around the world. Easily regarded as one of the most definitive bands of contemporary punk and hugely influential on their pop punk successors, Blink-182 has cemented an everlasting legacy in the genre.
Death Cab For Cutie
This year, Grammy-nominated alternative rock band Death Cab For Cutie is back with their first album in four years, Kintsugi. Despite the recent amicable departure of lead guitarist and founding band member Chris Walla, the band remains intact with frontman Ben Gibbard still at the helm after all these years. Known for earnest lyrics across several stunning and emotional albums, highlights of which include 2003’s Transatlanticism and its 2005 follow-up Plans, Death Cab For Cutie has made an indelible mark on indie rock history.
Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala began as a bedroom recording project in 1999 when vocalist/guitarist Kevin Parker and bassist Dominic Simper were only 13 years old. The duo was joined in 2007 by drummer Jay Watson, after which the band signed with Modular Records. The ’60s-inspired, fuzzy, psychedelic sound of their 2010 debut album Innerspeaker attracted international critical praise, and their follow-up effort, 2012’s Lonerism, was even more successful, thanks to hit singles like “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and “Elephant.” This year, Tame Impala released their highly anticipated third album Currents, and their ever-growing fame has made them the frontrunners of modern psych rock.
French electronic music outfit M83 has become one of the leading bands in synthpop right now, thanks to their explosively popular single “Midnight City,” which has been used in everything from commercials to sports broadcasts to movies and television shows. The now platinum-certified single launched the band toward international fame, and helped earn their 2011 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming a nomination for a Grammy Award.
A$AP Rocky is the stage name of rapper Rakim Mayers. He released his debut mixtape called Live. Love. A$AP. in 2011, which was met with favorable reviews from critics and put him on the map. In 2013, he released his debut studio album, Long. Live. A$AP. The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and features a plethora of big-name guests, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Santigold, Skrillex, and Florence Welch. Earlier this year, Rocky issued his sophomore album, At. Long. Last. A$AP., which once again debuted atop the Billboard 200.
Major Lazer is an electronic music project created by famed producer Diplo. Major Lazer’s music is influenced by reggae and dancehall styles, and the project has spawned three studio albums so far. Major Lazer’s third and latest album, Peace Is the Mission, just dropped this June. The new album features collaborations with artists like Ellie Goulding, DJ Snake, Wild Belle, 2 Chainz, Ariana Grande, Pusha T, and more.
English rock band The 1975 made their official debut in 2013 with a self-titled album that dropped in at the top spot of the UK Albums Chart upon its release. Prior to dropping the album, the band already had four EPs out and even supported The Rolling Stones during a show in Hyde Park, so they needed little introduction for their first official full-length as they were already selling out shows before it came out. This year, The 1975 premiered a new single called “Love Me,” off their new record I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, which is due out in February.
Of Monsters and Men
The indie folk five-piece Of Monsters and Men hails all the way from Iceland. Formed in 2010, the band centers around the talents of vocalists/guitarists Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson, and drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson. Of Monsters and Men first came into the spotlight in 2011 with their hit single “Little Talks,” which was getting airplay on radio stations all over the world and quickly propelled them to international fame. The next year, they released their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, which rapidly climbed the charts and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band is back this summer with their sophomore record, Beneath the Skin, which they released on June 9.
Glasgow-based synthpop trio CHVRCHES mercifully stylizes their name with a V in order to make it easier to search for them on the internet (thanks, guys). The group formed in 2011 and is comprised of vocalist Lauren Mayberry along with keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. In 2012, the band’s songs “The Mother We Share” and “Lies” earned them some buzz around the internet, leading to the chance to open shows for Passion Pit on their U.K. tour. Chvrches later finished fifth in BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2013 poll, and that same year released their acclaimed debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. This year, the band released their sophomore album, titled Every Open Eye.
Two Door Cinema Club
Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club features vocalist Alex Trimble, guitarist Sam Halliday, and bassist Kevin Baird. Making music in the style of synth-drenched rock that’s so popular nowadays, Two Door Cinema Club has released two albums thus far full of catchy, danceable tunes. Though they haven’t released an album since 2012’s Beacon, frontman Trimble has stated that the band is in fact at work on a third.
Years ago, rapper Ludacris established himself as one of the most successful hip hop artists of the 2000s. Hailing from Atlanta, he’s regarded as one of the pioneers of the Dirty South movement during the early part of the decade. With nine albums and multiple awards under his belt, including a Grammy for Best Rap Album for his 2006 record Release Therapy, it’s safe to say that Ludacris lived up to the hype. Earlier this year, he came out with his latest album, Ludaversal, which was four years in the making as he started work on it in 2011.
Alternative rock band The Neighbourhood made themselves known back in 2012 with their genre-defying combination of rock and hip hop beats, exemplified by hit singles like “Sweater Weather” and “Afraid.” That year they released two EPs, I’m Sorry… and Thank You, both of which preceded their 2013 debut album I Love You. Soon, their catchy single “Sweater Weather” shot to the top of the Billboard alternative chart, spending several weeks at the #1 spot. The Neighbourhood just released their sophomore album Wiped Out! on October 30.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire is regarded as one of the most influential acts of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music groups of all time. Their groovy, genre-defying sound and enormous success has earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as spots on countless Greatest Artists lists over the years. Founded by Maurice White in Chicago in 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire continues to tour to this day and the band still performs for sold-out audiences all over the world.
Indie pop band Grouplove debuted in 2011 with their first album Never Trust a Happy Song, almost immediately finding chart success with upbeat singles like “Colours” and “Tongue Tied.” Eventually, the latter single hit #1 on the Modern Rock charts and achieved platinum certification in the U.S. In 2013, the band released their equally-catchy sophomore album Spreading Rumours, which spawned more poppy and commercially successful singles like “Ways To Go” and “Shark Attack.”
Porter Robinson is an electronic music artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He began producing music at the young age of 13, influenced by sounds from video games like Dance Dance Revolution. The self-taught producer eventually earned the recognition of Skrillex’s OWSLA label, which signed him for a one-EP deal which turned out to be extremely successful. In the following years, he continued to ascend to fame with more hit singles and remixes before releasing his debut album in 2014.
Fitz and The Tantrums
Led by songwriter and frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz and the Tantrums rose to fame within the last few years with their retro-inspired, neo-soul sound. Fitzpatrick initially intended for the project to be a solo endeavor, but ended up expanding the lineup to the septet it is today. In the group’s beginnings, they generated moderate industry buzz, but their second album is what really kicked them into the mainstream. Said sophomore effort, More Than Just a Dream, spawned hits like “Out of My League” and “The Walker,” both of which earned them huge commercial success and frequent radio airplay.
Fetty Wap is the stage name of rapper Willie Maxwell, who rose to popularity with his platinum single “Trap Queen,” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. This September, he released his self-titled debut album, which dropped in at the top of the charts. Setting records in chart performance lately, Fetty Wap is making himself known as a rapper to be reckoned with.
The Los Angeles-based seven-piece Flogging Molly is known for their signature blend of traditional Irish music and rowdy punk rock that provides a perfect soundtrack for swigging down a Guinness at your local Irish pub. The band was formed by vocalist and Dublin native Dave King, and includes fiddle player Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, accordion player Matt Hensley, bassist Nathan Maxwell, drummer George Schwindt, and mandolinist Bob Schmidt. Flogging Molly started out playing regular shows at local bar Molly Malone’s (deriving the band’s name from it as well) before taking their show outside of the Los Angeles city limits and expanding their fan base. The band is currently working on a new album, to be released in 2016.
Rapper Vince Staples surfaced in 2010 with appearances on albums from members of the renowned hip hop collective Odd Future. In October 2014, he released his debut EP, tiled Hell Can Wait, via Def Jam Recordings. This summer, Staples dropped his debut full-length, titled Summertime ’06.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
New Orleans native Troy Andrews, otherwise known as Trombone Shorty, was born into a musical family and began performing at a very young age. He started playing trombone when he was just six years old, and it soon became his primary instrument. Throughout his career, he has worked with artists like U2, Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, and Cee Lo Green, and has even performed at the White House. As a solo artist, he performs with his longtime band, Orleans Avenue. Trombone Shorty’s latest album, Say That to Say This, came out in 2013.
Danish singer M∅ first came into the spotlight in 2013 when she sang on Avicii’s track “Dear Boy” from the producer’s hit album True. She released her eagerly anticipated full length album No Mythologies to Follow in 2014. Her style can be described as electro-pop, and she cites bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth as influences. This year, she can be heard all over the radio as the featured vocalist on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s international hit single “Lean On.”
Martin Bresso, a.k.a. Tchami, is a French DJ and producer. He has done remix work for artists like Janet Jackson, AlunaGeorge, and A Tribe Called Quest. In late 2013, he released his debut EP, Promesses, on Fool’s Gold Records. Earlier this year, he followed up with a new EP called After Life.
Catfish & The Bottlemen
British four-piece band Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in Llandudno, Wales, and consists of singer/guitarist Van McCann, guitarist Johnny Bond, bassist Benji Blakeway, and drummer Bob Hall. They started off playing Beatles covers to small local audiences, but soon tired of playing songs that were not their own and set out to produce original music in a D.I.Y. studio. Their hard work eventually paid off, as they later signed to Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett’s Communion Records before moving to Universal in 2014.
St. Lucia is the solo project of South African-born, Brooklyn-based musician Jean-Philip Grobler. Grobler started making music when he was just 12 years old, influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Sting, and Phil Collins. He still incorporates the ’80s influence of those musicians who inspired him as a child into his music today, using a lot of synthesizers and pop beats. In addition to his own music, he has remixed tracks for artists like Passion Pit, Foster the People, and Charli XCX.
Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Atlas Genius centers around brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery. The band is a shining example of how effective the internet can be these days, as their big break came when their self-released first single, the super-catchy “Trojans,” was discovered on Soundcloud and featured by popular blog Neon Gold before the guys had even recorded anything else. Soon enough the Jeffery brothers found themselves being courted by major record labels, and after signing with Warner Bros., Atlas Genius released their debut album When It Was Now in 2013. This summer, the band dropped their new single “Molecules” ahead of their sophomore record Inanimate Objects.
English electronic music duo AlunaGeorge features vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid. They released their debut full-length album, Body Music, in 2013, after which they were nominated for a BRIT Award for Critics’ Choice and finished second in BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll. In addition to their own original music, they’ve become known for remixing popular artists like Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey, and also appeared on Disclosure’s 2014 album Settle.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Soulful musician Nathaniel Rateliff makes music that falls somewhere between Americana, blues, folk, and roots rock. Rateliff, along with his backing band The Night Sweats, released an eponymus album earlier this year. You may have heard the album’s lead single, “S.O.B.,” which is a refreshingly old-school-sounding track that somehow broke through to the alternative radio airwaves this year.
Alternative rock band Guster formed in 1991 in Boston when its three co-founders met while attending Tufts University. The band, consisting of members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, Brian Rosenworcel, and Luke Reynolds, is best known for their 2006 rock hit “Satellite.” In 2014, the band sought out Shins keyboardist Richard Swift, with whom they produced their seventh studio album Evermotion. The album was released in January 2015.
Singer and songwriter Elle King’s musical style encompasses several genres, including country, soul, folk, rock, and blues. She was inspired to become a musician early on, influenced by female-fronted bands like Blondie, The Runaways, and The Donnas. After releasing her self-titled EP, King garnered favorable attention from a multitude of publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. Earlier this year, she released her full-length debut, titled Love Stuff, which features her hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s.”
Saint Motel is an indie pop band formed in 2007 by pianist/vocalist A.J. Jackson and guitarist Aaron Sharp. The duo met while both studying film at Chapman University in Orange, California, and soon recruited bassist Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin to round out their lineup. Using their film school knowhow, the band put together appealing videos for each of the six tracks on their debut EP ForPlay. Saint Motel’s 2012 debut full-length was met favorably by critics, earning the band more popularity and the chance to tour with internationally famous acts like Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, and Weezer.
British indie rockers The Wombats came to attention in 2007 with their debut album A Guide to Love, Loss, and Desperation, which is full of danceable tracks like the ironically upbeat “Let’s Dance to Joy Division.” The album gained them tremendous popularity in the U.K., while their second album, 2011’s This Modern Glitch, earned them more international fame, with their song “Jump Into the Fog” peaking at #15 on the U.S. alternative charts. The energetic English trio has just come back with the release of their third album, titled Glitterbug, which features current alt rock radio singles like “Greek Tragedy” and “Give Me a Try.”
Los Angeles-based electronic musician Robert DeLong mixes electronic dance music with singer/songwriter and indie rock influence. His live performances are always interesting, during which he plays drums and keyboards and often uses game controllers like Wii remotes to create his music. Delong released his latest EP, Long Way Down, in November 2014, followed by a full-length album called In the Cards this September.
Acoustic folk rock trio The Staves is made up of three sisters from Watford, England. Officially formed in 2010, the group is comprised of Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor. Over the last few years, these talented sisters have released a handful of albums and EPs, their latest arriving in 2015.
London-based pop duo Oh Wonder consists of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. They independently released a self-titled debut album this September, which reached #80 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
English rock band The Struts was formed in 2010 by vocalist Luke Spiller and guitarist Adam Slack. Their often flamboyant glam rock style has drawn comparisons to bands like The Rolling Stones and Queen. In fact, the group was given the opportunity to open for The Rolling Stones in Paris last year in front of 80,000 fans. Last year, The Struts released their debut album Everybody Wants, which reached #52 on the U.K. albums chart.
The White Panda
The White Panda is a duo consisting of childhood friends Tom Evans (a.k.a. Procrast) and Dan Griffith (a.k.a. DJ Griffi). The two producers had been involved in independent projects before coming together. Evans was producing his own mashups in Chicago while Griffith was doing the same in Los Angeles. Procrast and DJ Griffi released their first single as The White Panda in 2009, and have since had 30+ singles reach #1 on The Hype Machine. The duo became one of the most-played artists on Soundcloud in 2011, leading to opportunities to tour with artists like Mac Miller, Mike Posner, and Ghostland Observatory.
Pepper is an alternative rock/ska trio originally from Hawaii. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, bassist Bret Bollinger, and drummer Yesod Williams. Since 2000, Pepper has released five studio albums. Their latest is an eponymous effort that saw release in 2013.
Brooklyn-based indie trio Wet consists of singer Kelly Zutrau, guitarist Marty Sulkow, and drummer Joe Valle. Having met while all three were attending college in New York City, they officially formed Wet in 2012. They released their four-song debut EP a year later on Neon Gold Records, after which they performed at CMJ and went on to tour with CHVRCHES.
UK multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt is a 24-year-old rising star whose EPs and singles have been stirring up plenty of buzz lately. Praised by plenty of reputable publications for his genre-breaking musical style, the Londoner gained even more attention this year when he toured with Mumford & Sons. Garratt is set to release a debut album called Phase in February, and everyone from Billboard to BBC is waiting to see what this young talent has in store.
Rufus Du Sol
Aussie dance music group Rufus Du Sol dropped their debut album ATLAS back in 2013. The record debuted at #1 and achieved gold certification back in Australia, and paved the way for them to tour across the globe. This year, the trio has released two new singles, “You Were Right” and “Like an Animal,” ahead of a yet-to-be-named upcoming sophomore record.
Enigmatic young rapper GoldLink has been stirring up a lot of buzz lately, with mentions from Pitchfork, VICE, Billboard, and others tastemakers. Last year, he released his debut, The God Complex, earning positive reviews. This year he followed his successful first album with a second one titled And After That, We Didn’t Talk.
Young German producer Felix Jaehn earned his breakthrough with his 2014 remix of OMI’s song “Cheerleader,” which became an international hit. As of this year, his single “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better),” which is a remix of the classic Rufus and Chaka Khan single “Ain’t Nobody,” topped the charts in Germany as well as in several other countries.
New Orleans-bred rapper Pell released his debut album, Floating While Dreaming, in 2014. The up-and-coming young talent doesn’t exactly have a sound that most would associate with New Orleans, but rather his style has been described as “dream rap,” with layered melodies and stunning production.
Known for lending his vocals to Kygo’s hit single “Stole the Show,” soulful young singer Parson James is surely an up-and-coming presence in the music world. This summer, he dropped his single “Sinner Like You,” which chronicles the emotional experience of coming out as gay and struggling for acceptance as a Southerner.
Moon Taxi is a progressive rock and jam band from Nashville, formed when vocalist Trevor Terndrup, guitarist Spencer Thomson, bassist Tommy Putnam, drummer Tyler Ritter, and keyboardist Wes Bailey met while attending Belmont University. The band quickly gained quite a following in their hometown, which led to eventually signing a record deal with 12th South Records. The group has recently begun to see more commercial success, and just released a fourth studio album titled Daybreaker.
Chairlift is the Brooklyn-based synthpop duo of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly. The group released their debut album Does You Inspire You in 2008. The album’s lead single “Bruises” was boosted with the everlasting influence of use in an iPod commercial, earning Chairlift a widespread audience. In 2013, Wimberly and Polachek earned the opportunity to collaborate with Beyonce on the single “No Angel” from the singer’s recent self-titled album. This upcoming January, Chairlift has a new record due out, titled Moth.
Boy & Bear
Aussie indie folk band Boy & Bear formed in 2009 in Sydney, beginning as the solo project of frontman Dave Hosking. The band released their debut album Moonfire in 2011, and it soon received a double platinum certification in Australia. Their second album, Harlequin Dream, became the band’s first Australian #1, and their 2015 follow-up Limit of Love topped the chart once again upon its release this October.
Los Angeles-based singer Gallant impressed the media this summer with his breakout single “Weight In Gold.” Championed by the likes of Zane Lowe, The Fader, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, and others, his alternative R&B style lives up to all the acclaim it’s been getting.
Night Riots is an alternative rock band from Southern California. The band’s lineup is Travis Hawley on vocals, Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw on guitars, Mikel Van Kranenburg on bass, and Rico Rodriguez on drums. Their transcendent and anthemic music has won over critics from Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, and many more. Night Riots has released three EPs to date, most recently Howl, which came out in early 2015 and contains their hit single “Contagious.”
NYC-based producer Jai Wolf had the media abuzz this summer when he tweeted his bootleg of Skrillex’s “Ease My Mind,” earning the attention of Skrillex himself, who ended up releasing the remix on his own label. Since then, Jai Wolf has gained a tremendous following, played at major festivals like Coachella, and worked with artists like ODESZA and Alesso. In June, he released his first original single, “Indian Summer,” which reached #1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts in the U.S.
Vancouver-based DJ Jesse Hughes goes by the moniker Vanic. The 24-year-old producer has been dropping remixes all over the place this year, working with music from artists like Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, and Major Lazer.
British indie rock group Circa Waves formed in Liverpool in 2013. The band is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Kieran Shudall, guitarist Joe Falconer, bassist Sam Rourke, and drummer Colin Jones. Circa Waves just dropped their debut album, Young Chasers, in March of this year.
Louis the Child
EDM duo Louis the Child is comprised of producers Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren. Last year, they played at some pretty major electronic music festivals, including EDC Las Vegas and Spring Awakening, and have received support from tons of well-known blogs.
Sigala is the stage name of London-based tropical house producer Bruce Fielder. This year, Fielder released his breakthrough single “Easy Love,” which samples The Jackson 5’s popular song “ABC.” The single debuted at #71 on the UK Singles Chart and shot up to #1 within a week.
Hippie Sabotage is the Sacramento-based production outfit that’s self-described simply as “two brothers who make music.” They rose to prominence in 2014 when English pop star Ellie Goulding posted their remix of Tove Lo’s “Stay High” to her Instagram. With that kind of high-caliber endorsement, the track earned plenty of hits and the duo gained a massive fanbase.
PVRIS (pronounced like “Paris”) is a rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts consisting of vocalist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, guitarist Alex Babinski, and bassist Brian MacDonald. Last year, they released their debut full-length White Noise, which peaked at #88 on the Billboard 200. In the next few months, PVRIS will be out on the road supporting Fall Out Boy on tour.
Canadian musician Coleman Hell has earned plenty of attention recently for his popular debut single “2 Heads,” which came out in February and has been a steady presence on alternative radio this year. Now signed to Columbia Records, Hell is currently touring with Robert DeLong, and he plans to release a debut studio record in 2016.
Nashville indie quartet COIN consists of Joe Memmel, Zach Dyke, Ryan Winnen, and Chase Lawrence. This year, the band released their eponymous debut album, which they recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Jay Joyce.
Australian singer-songwriter Hayden James released his first single, “Permission to Love,” in 2013. The single was the most blogged-about track on The Hype Machine upon its release, paving the way for the success of James’ self-titled debut EP later that year. Earlier this year, he toured the United States supporting ODESZA.
Icelandic rock quartet Kaleo formed in 2012, after which they quickly became a big hit in their home country. They released their eponymous debut album in 2013, which rose to the #1 spot on the charts in Iceland. Their mellow sound evokes that of artists like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.
2015 has been a big year for San Francisco quintet Finish Ticket. The band is touring with alt-rock giants Twenty One Pilots and has already been set to co-headline Live Nation’s Ones to Watch Tour in 2016 alongside Vinyl Theatre. In case that tour name doesn’t spell it out for you, Finish Ticket is certainly a band to be watching at the moment.
Arkells is an alternative rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The group self-released their first EP, Deadlines, in 2007 before signing with independent label Dine Alone. They released their debut full-length, Jackson Square, a year later, which resulted in the band winning a 2010 Juno Award for New Group of the Year. In 2011 they put out their sophomore record and major label debut, Michigan Left, which earned the group a second Juno Award. Arkells’ third studio album, High Noon, arrived in the summer of 2014.
Folk artist Jeremy Loops hails from Cape Town, South Africa. Describing his music as capturing the “duality of his South African life,” Loops combines big city rhythms with softer folk sounds. Taking the South African music scene by storm in 2014, Jeremy Loops is surely bound for international fame any moment now.
South African quartet Civil Twilight consists of Richard Wouters, Kevin Dailey, and brothers Andrew and Steven McKeller. Debuting in 2010 with their eponymous first album, the band hit huge commercial success internationally, with singles like “Human” and “Letters from the Sky” used in a number of popular movies and television shows and exposing the band to wide audiences. A sophomore album, Holy Weather, followed in 2012, followed by Story of an Immigrant in 2015.
Son Little is the stage name of Philadelphia-based R&B artist Aaron Livingston. Livingston released his debut EP, Things I Forgot, in 2014, followed by a self-titled full-length debut this October.
Noah Gundersen is an indie folk artist from Seattle, originally known as the founder of the band The Courage. On his own, Gundersen has released two full-length albums and four EPs since 2008. His latest album, Carry the Ghost, came out in August 2015.
Singer/rapper D.R.A.M. had a viral hit on his hands this year with his single “Cha Cha,” which earned him a deal with Atlantic Records and the support of pop music royalty Beyonce. 2015 continues to be exciting for D.R.A.M. as he’s currently on tour through the end of November with Chance the Rapper, and just released a new EP last month called Gahdamn!.
Quilt is a psychedelic indie rock trio formed in Boston in 2009. The band is comprised of Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler, and John Andrews. Quilt signed with New York-based indie label Mexican Summer in 2011 and released their eponymous debut album later that year. The group’s sophomore album, “Held in Splendor,” came out in 2014.
This summer, LA duo Powers shot to the top of the Hype Machine and Spotify viral charts with their new single “Beat of My Drum,” which sounds eerily like Maroon 5 to me. The group is made up of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru, both of whom have worked with a lot of industry heavyweights in the past, so it’s no wonder they know how to write such catchy tunes.
IAMDYNAMITE is an alternative rock duo comprised of vocalist/guitarist Christopher Martin and drummer Chris Phillips. They released their debut album, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, in 2012. Last month, IAMDYNAMITE released a new single called “In the Summer,” which appears on their latest album Wasa Tusa.
Strangers You Know
It’s apt that Strangers You Know are playing a festival, because the duo’s members Grady Lee and Adam Haagen met while attending Coachella. After realizing they had a lot in common musically, Lee and Haagen began recording together, resulting in their 2014 EP Something to Someone. The duo is expected to release another EP in 2016.
Elliot Root is an alternative rock band based in Nashville. The band, consisting of Scott Krueger, Sean Truskowski, Justin Smith, Todd Bond, and Melissa Mattey, has released two EPs so far. Their first, ER/EP, came out in 2014, and they followed that in 2015 with another titled 2.
Baltimore-based band Sun Club is made up of five members who call themselves Big Snack, D-Mac, Special K, Petunia, and Triscuit. They’ve been getting a lot of attention in the Baltimore area for their eclectic, feel-good music served with plenty of energy and a twinge of eccentric humor. Last year, the band released an EP called Dad Claps at the Mom Prom, and toured with bands like Los Campesinos, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Yuck.
Whilk & Misky
The Lonely Biscuits
Major and the Monbacks
Mail the Horse
The Dirty Dishes