2021 is coming to an end, what a year it’s been, it’s been a strange and tough year for us all. Luckily for us live music has returned which is something we have all missed but we are glad it’s back. It has still been a tough year for bands and artist who have had to reschedule gigs and even cancel shows at the last minute but i’m sure I speak for all when I say we don’t mind, we are just glad the live music has returned and hopefully everything will be fully back to normal soon.  

I’ve managed to choose my top 10 bands of 2021, it’s been hard to choose but I’ve managed to narrow it down and believe me when I say I’ve spent hours on this list but finally I have my top 10 bands of 2021.

Mouth Culture

A new band for the list! I first found out about this band back at the very beginning of 2021, they are a talented band that are not afraid to be different, there is something about this band’s sound which you can’t help but fall in love with. They have been busy this year with touring and releasing their debut EP ‘These Days Mixtape’. As well as making incredible music they also make every gig fun to watch, from their energy on stage to their song writing there is nothing I can fault about this band.


Their music is fun and exciting, each track has been recorded well and shows some great instrumental talent from all the band members as well as some fantastic vocals. It usually takes me a few listens to a band’s music when I first discovered them to fully get into it, however, this was not the case when I pressed play on this band’s music. The band’s high energy and memorable songs instantly grabbed your attention, their unique sound packs a punch and draws you in. I really enjoyed listening to their music and never get tired of listening to their incredible tracks and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings for this talented band.

Those Howlin’ Sounds

A talented four-piece band from Nottingham who I discovered a few years ago, you need the volume turned up to the max to really enjoy listening to their music. I’m looking forwards to seeing what this band have planned for 2022, hopefully it will involve a lot more gigs and maybe a new song or two.  The band’s music is full of great instrumental as well as some fantastic vocals. Their lyrics provided a catchy chorus which will get you singing along with in seconds.

The Trusted

Another great band, they have had me hooked with every track they have created so far, each track leaves me wanting to hear more from this band. They have a lot of talent and are a great bunch of lads, each track is well produced, catchy and full of some brilliant riffs. A band to keep an eye on and one you will instantly love.

The Chase

I’ve known about this band for a while now, A great bunch of lads with a lot of talent, hopefully 2022 will bring more great music from this band. They are great live, seeing them live is a treat they have a lot of energy with is infectious, they are a fun and talented band to watch.

Matter of Minds

I’m not usually a fan of the sort of music this band make but you can’t help but love the music these guys make. A refreshing sound from a young band who are not afraid to sound different, these are a band to keep an eye out for and one I can only see good things happening if they keep making great tracks. Hopefully this band will be releasing more music in 2022, a band to watch out for!


A new band to add to the list, the bands energy and memorable songs instantly grab your attention whilst their unique sound packs a punch and draws you in. The band have managed to pack a lot into their tracks, but it all works so well together and they have created something that you can’t help but love.

War Stripes

I have loved this band for a few years now, they have proved they have a talent for song writing and performing live, with singles such as ‘Glad Rags’ under their belts they have proven they can create memorable tracks which are packed full of talented and are a joy to hear. Hopefully, next year they will be releasing some more great tracks in 2022.

The Rivers

A band that means business, their music will leave you wanting to hear more and wishing you were at one of the bands gigs. The band manage to create tracks that are special in their own way and will have you hooked, they show how the group can move at a different pace and have created their own unique sound which is instantly recognisable. They are a band to keep an eye out for in 2022.

Louis & The Shakes

A new one for the list, if you’re looking for a new band to discover who are super talented and who’s music you instantly connect with than look no further! I remember the first time I heard a track from this band it grabbed my attention and I thought “Wow! I think I’ve found a new band to add to my list”. There is something about the band’s sound that I love and you will love them instantly.

By Siân Parker

Also a special mention to the following who are all super talented and you need to check out!

Sam Martin

Dr Orange

Ashley Stacey

Charlotte Champian

Fin Cliff



Stephanie Lau

Sam Lambeth