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Every year BBC Introducing in the North East (which covers Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham) use all of their wisdom and listening experience to put together a list of artists you should be keeping your eyes on throughout the year. Previously tipped artists include BRIT’s Critic’s Choice winner Sam Fender, BBC Radio 1 playlisted L Devine and Martha Hill who performed at Latitude Festival, featured on Later… With Jools Holland and recorded a session at Maida Vale studios in 2019 following support from BBC Music Introducing in the North East. 

This year’s hotlist was announced on Thursday (2nd January) on BBC Newcastle (you can listen back to it via the website or BBC Sounds) and it is sizzling with local talent. 

Among those tipped are Newcastle post-punk band Swine Tax who have been repeatedly referred to as the best band in the city, charismatic Jarrow R&B star Jamilah and Sunderland newcomers bigfatbig who are a pop-rock trio who made a big splash with their debut single Science. 

Joining them is Durham lo-fi pop act Trunky Juno who was played by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 in December; South Shields’ Cortney Dixon is a recent recipient of a Help Musicians UK grant; and Me Lost Me the Newcastle based electronic project of Jayne Dent. County Durham based singer-songwriter Girl From Winter Jargon was part of the Noisy Daughters vinyl, while joycore band Kkett are the most Northern act tipped proudly representing Northumberland via Blyth.

North Tyneside grime duo NE Dons and Newcastle electronic pair SQUARMS are also part of the group being tipped by BBC Music Introducing in the North East as one’s to watch. 

These ten artists will be live session guests on the BBC Newcastle programme, have new singles premiered by the show and perform on BBC Music Introducing in the North East stages throughout 2020. 

If any local artist fancies being a future BBC Introducing recommendation, then upload your music here.

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