We're highlighting emerging artists from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Midlands, North-East, North-West, Scotland, South-East, South-West, and Wales, picked by some of the best local, regional tastemakers.

Northern Ireland

Artist: Rory Nellis
Why: One of the country's most compelling songwriting voices at the minute, Belfast's Rory Nellis has steadily established as a very rare breed of artist, whose wonderfully-woven brand of folk-tinged alt-pop brims with harmony and heart. An artist who ensures no lyric or phrase feels throwaway, nor any chord progression or melodic flourish seem kneejerk or unconsidered.
Correspondent: Brian Coney from The Thin Air.

Republic of Ireland

Artist: Dermot Kennedy
Why: Dermot Kennedy's new song is one of those goosebump-inducing new artist anthems that are rare. Kennedy has been co-writing with Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence + the Machine) and working with Stephen Kozmeniuk (who worked on records from Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa and DVSN) and there's some production alchemy at play in 'Glory', from his Doves & Ravens EP that drops Friday.
Correspondent: Niall Byrne from Nialler9.


Artist: Mulla Ess
Why: Mulla Ess has made a real big noise lately in the Birmingham rap scene. Every one of their YouTube videos has the comment sections blowing up with furious chatter and debate. Mulla Ess's style of rap is raw; going into detail where other rappers would quickly turn to commonplace flexing. The crud is delivered with super catchy melodies. Keep an ear on Mulla Ess.
Correspondent: Jack Parker from BBC Introducing West Midlands.

North West

Artist: Shrinking Minds
Why: Guitar. Bass. Drums. When you think about it, what more do you actually need? These young gents are proof if proof be needed that sometimes less is more. They remind me of The Vines, remember how ace they were? If you like this (and you will) go listen to their debut single 'Fun' which is exactly what it is.
Correspondent: Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music.

North East

Artist: Keiandra
Why: Plenty of talk surrounding this songstress in the North East right now. Obvious comparisons to the likes of Daughter and Warpaint as well as support slots for acts including Let's Eat Grandma and Bryde suggest it's well worth keeping an eye on this dream pop specialist.
Correspondent: Matty Aston from Super Cat.


Artist: Lewis Calpaldi
Why: Lewis Capaldi has the industry buzz, the Spotify support, the incredible voice and most importantly the massive tunes!
Correspondent: Craig Johnson from DF Concerts.

South East

Artist: North Downs
Why: They emerged online as a beautiful and exciting mystery and after a little digging I discovered North Downs is a new side project for 2 members of Maribou State and an excellent producer called Pedestrian and here they are making blissful, bluesy and vibey tunes.
Correspondent: Abbie McCarthy from BBC Introducing Kent.

South West

Artist: The Nightjar
Why: Introducing The Nightjar, mixing genres as much as they mix their drinks - new vibes!
Correspondent: Sam Bonham from BBC Introducing West.


Artist: Toby Hay
Why: A young instrumental guitarist from deepest rural Wales, Toby's wonderful compositions are sublime responses to the nature and the silence that surround him. Getting your music heard when you live in pretty much the centrepoint of Wales might be a problem for many, but his work is so exquisite that it beguiles every listener. Lauren Laverne is besotted, and quite right too.