Welcome to 2017.
From Frank Ocean finally gracing us with the follow-up to Channel Orange, Beyoncé giving new meaning to a woman scorned and past cover stars Whitney surprising the world with some of the finest soulful country around, 2016 was a wondrous year for records. We compile our favourites on page 28. 2017 will no doubt bring a wealth of future stars; cover artist ThisisDA caught our attention with his album 21 & Done, but this young Bristolian shows no signs of slowing down. Yewande Adeniran chats to him about how taking inspiration from the everyday has a profound effect on his artistry.
Lastly, Independent Venue Week ambassador Tim Burgess talks to us about the importance of creative spaces, while national treasure Big Jeff tells us who he thinks will make it big in the coming months. Here’s to another year of innovative and inspiring music.