Gary Flockhart: Plenty new talent in 2015

Young Fathers. Picture: John Devlin
Young Fathers. Picture: John Devlin
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IT’S that time again when this column likes to give readers a heads-up on some of the ones-to-watch for the year ahead.

So, without further ado, here are four acts I’m tipping to make a big splash in 2015...

First up is all-female band Deers, who hail from Madrid and make scuzzy, lo-fi garage rock with a generous dollop of Sixties girl-group pop thrown in.

This lot somehow failed to make the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll but that won’t stop them becoming your new favourite band by the time their debut album is released later in the year.

Next is Edinburgh’s own Young Fathers, pictured. Granted, it might seem like playing it safe by tipping the combo who have just scooped the Mercury Prize, but I’m expecting the lads to use that as a springboard to even greater – and dare I say it, commercial – success.

Young Fathers who are most often described as a hip-hop trio but are impossible to pigeonhole, are on the bill for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party, so check them out if you’re heading along.

Next, a couple of acts who DID make the BBC’s poll: Years And Years and James Bay.

The former are an electro-pop act who draw on R&B and Nineties dance, and they really impressed when they performed Sunlight with Belgian electronic artist Stephen Fassano, aka The Magician, backstage at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

Years And Years’ frontman Olly Alexander is already a familiar face to many – he has a parallel career as an actor, with roles in TV series Skins and Penny Dreadful, and he played one of the main characters in Belle & Sebastian mainman Stuart Murdoch’s 2014 musical film God Help The Girl.

Gravelly-voiced singer James Bay, meanwhile, is a banker for success in 2015. He was named Critics Choice 2015 by the Brit Awards panel, who previously earmarked Adele, Jessie J and Sam Smith.