New year, new music. You can’t round off one decade without starting a new one and, as we do so, it’s our pleasure to bring you New Sounds 2020: our annual extended rundown of people to watch this year.

London’s Shygirl leads the charge, sitting on our January cover. She shares with us her slow and winding route into the world of music, from buying her first CD in Woolworth’s, to DJ-ing, to now being a nascent recording artist. Elsewhere we chat with Beabadoobee, an artist with the equally enviable and unenviable task of going straight from school to her first world tour.

As for Bristol, Oliver Wilde’s latest exploit – and veritable supergroup – Pet Shimmers are just about ready to come out of the oven, with a debut album set for this month. Saffron Records signing, Grove, is about to have their best year yet, while Some Bodies are poised to prove why they’re one of the buzziest Bristol bands around right now.

All this, plus live listings, January’s best releases, guests, events highlights and more. Happy new year, pals.

Loki Lillistone
Editor-in-Chief