Maxïmo Park are back with their top twenty sixth studio album Risk to Exist. A collection of irresistible pop songs about anger, hope, resistance and, above all, empathy - a knockout fusion of music and message from a band on extraordinary form. With a string of hit singles under their belt including Apply Some Pressure, Our Velocity and Books from Boxes, the Newcastle born four piece close our Friday Main Stage with their energetic stage presence.
A summer of festival appearances as well as a sold out show at Manchester's Club Academy saw Larkins rapidly made a name for themselves amongst both fans and critics alike. Now shortlisted by the MEN as one of the city's best breakthrough artists it seems they've started 2017 with an even bigger bang. Their latest single Wasted Years came out on Scruff of the Neck in February.
Colourful shirts, African rhythms and indie-influences have led to critics describing Indigo Velvet as "tropical-pop". Tipped as ones to watch by BBC Introducing, airplay includes Radio 1 and live sessions on Amazing Radio and the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Indigo Velvet are poised for another landmark year.
With an extremely devoted hometown following and growing support from BBC Radio 6music, Stillia's stock is rising fast. Following an inimitable Johnny Vegas directed video and cameo which accompanied their debut single Let Me In the St Helens alt-indie foursome have announced the release of follow up single 4am. After an electric live session at BBC Manchester introducing, their rise to stardom has no signs of slowing down.
Manchester/Preston four-piece Saytr Play are frequently compared to The Kooks, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Vampire Weekend. The band's androgynous frontman Fred Farrell is a natural showman whose vocal delivery and stage persona leaves you impressed and transfixed. Debut single Mother's Love was released in May.
Self-proclaimed purveyors of "twisted power-grunge", False Advertising offer up dreamy soaring male/female harmonies blended with distorted guitars. Their self-titled debut album saw them hailed by Total Guitar as "guitarists to watch" and was slated as an "album of the year" in the Manchester Evening News.
Blackburn four-piece New York Tourists deftly balance energy and aggression, creating an idiosyncratic brand of indie pop that's impossible to ignore. New single Only For the Summer builds on their familiar freneticism while effortlessly combining a more understated side with a bombastic urgency that could only come from a band on the cusp of bigger things.
Infectious and fresh, Stockport four-piece No Hot Ashes have a unique funky rap/hip-hop sound that's been dubbed post-pop-discofunk. They are band you have to see live as their performances ooze raw rhythm and a passion for entertaining crowds.
Stockport indie-rock four-piece Kashmere have quickly become known as one of the most energetic bands on the circuit. Their sound makes crowds move, their lyrics are designed to be shouted and their presence makes people feel like their part of something.
Combining a rich musicality with continent-spanning influences, Macclesfield three piece Cassia have made their mark with their own brand of calypso-flavoured tropi-pop, resulting in a deft balance of the quintessentially British, and the unequivocally exotic. New single Weekender was released on Scruff of the Neck in March.
Manchester indie-pop four-piece Corella are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful melodic vocals, funky guitars and energetic drums. The lads really began to attract attention after UNILAD endorsed their second single See The Day and now they are set for a busy and successful 2017.
A four piece indie rock band from Leeds, Clay have been making a big impact since launching in 2014.
The Opera Comic combine gracious melodies and a charming allure. After releasing debut single We Are The Freaks in October 2016, they have built a glowing reputation with live shows and successive releases.
French/British band Fossette blend melancholy lyrics, powerful hooks and hard-hitting rhythms. Frontman Smudger Lewis writes touching on subjects considered taboo by other writers. An insight into uncertain and worrying times.
With their exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and sizzling brass, The Baghdaddies are unforgettable on stage and off.
Mock Deer is London based folk musician Ricky Damiani. His delicate, powerful and endearing songs tell stories of nature, desire and loneliness.