Thu 20 Jul 2023

Ones to Watch: Summer 2023


Wondering how to spend your summer?

We’ve got some incredible gigs going on, from some of the freshest, upcoming artists in the industry right now. From indie to pop to R&B and Soul – it’s all covered in this gig guide below!

The Last Dinner Party 

Straight off the back of their first Glastonbury performance, this female quintet are fast becoming one of the most talked about alternative/indie bands around. Combining elements of classic rock and pop, including captivating synth parts and unforgettable hooks.

So far, The Last Dinner Party have only two released singles, their latest track ‘Sinner’ which came out earlier last month feeling very reminiscent of that of HAIM and Wet Leg. Expect a shed load of new, unreleased music on their upcoming shows this July and October. Grab your tickets here!

Dolores Forever 

Having met at a house party a couple of years ago, Hannah and Julia quickly bonded over their musical favourites, such as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks, which led them to forming this alt-pop duo like no other.

Since then, the pair have released several singles and performed at festivals such as Neighbourhood, Barn on the Farm and still have a very busy festival season ahead of them this august!

Catch them on tour this October, tickets here.


Girlpuppy, real name Becca Harvey, began writing songs at the age of 6, initially inspired by old school pop/punk princesses  Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne.  For lovers of Chloe Moriondo and Phoebe Bridgers, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter produces a fresh take on the American indie scene, with dreamy vocals and 70s inspired guitar and synth lines.

Having released her debut album, ‘When I’m Alone’ back in 2022, this will be Girlpuppy’s first ever headline tour in the UK and we can’t wait to see these tracks performed in the flesh. Get your tickets here!

Vintage Trouble 

American R&B band Vintage Trouble aim to bring the sound of classic blues, soul and rock & roll back into modern music. The Los Angeles quartet first found success in the UK, where their debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, made a strong showing in digital charts.

Since then, the band have become renowned for their passionate and high-energy live shows internationally. Their unique retro cool aesthetic is fresh yet reminiscent of 50s rock & roll, and something that we don’t see regularly nowadays. Vintage Trouble are set to play Manchester Academy 2 on Sunday 30th July and it’s not to be missed – get your tickets now.

Victoria Canal

Singer-songwriter Victoria Canal has been on the rise this past year (literally), winning this years Rising Star award at the Ivor Novello Awards, alongside industry giants Harry Styles, Charli XCX and Raye. The 24 year old shares truthful tales and intimate anecdotes of her life experiences and body image. Her euphoric melodies accompanied by soft harmonies dominate her music, usually accompanied by delicate piano or acoustic guitar, and more recently a string section in new release, ‘She Walks In’.

Victoria is currently supporting Hozier on his UK and EU tour, having recently played shows at Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl, and Cardiff Castle. Catch her on her own headline tour this September, tickets here.