Featured artist: Pale Waves

Pale Waves

Who? Pale Waves are Heather (vocals, guitar), Ciara (drums), Hugo (guitar) and Charlie (bass).

What? Synth-tastic pop.

From where? Manchester.

What’s the story? If you’ve been keeping tabs on the flurry of ‘tipped for 2018’ lists coming through this month, then Pale Waves almost certainly need no introductions. Appearing on everything from the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist to Ticketmaster’s New For 2018, the Manchester four-piece have become firm favourites for breaking through to the big time next year.

It’s easy to see why: 2017 has been a whirlwind year for the quartet, with a sold-out headline UK tour and an impressive 10 million streams off the back of three songs (There’s a Honey, Television Romance and New Year’s Eve).

1975 frontman Matty Healy has taken them under his wing, co-producing their first two singles, while the likes of NME and Billboard are flying the Pale Waves flag high.

Describing themselves as four best friends who met in Manchester, their gothed-up aesthetic is paired with a bright, shimmering pop sound underpinned by dark lyrics. ‘I wish I never wore that white dress/ And you found me outside looking like somebody died’ sings Heather in their latest track, New Year’s Eve.

With their debut EP New Year’s Eve set for release on 18 January 2018 and a show at London’s The Garage selling out on the first day, demand is at an all-time high for these pop perfectionists.

Get in there quick before they explode!

Sounds like? Cyndi Lauper feel-good vibes, done millennial style. Don’t deny yourself.

Predicted to? Sell out plenty of shows next year and release a debut album to massive acclaim.

Must hear? New Year’s Eve –