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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.


  • J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyoncé – Mi Gente
  • Disciples – Jealousy
  • Alma ft. French Montana – Phases
  • Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot
  • Yxng Bane – Rihanna

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I loved Alma’s single Dye My Hair from first listen, but I was confused as to why it was getting a push in the UK, when so many Scandi artists with bigger followings and more local success don’t. It all made much more sense when I saw her live at this month’s Eurosonic Festival in the Netherlands. Playing at one of Groningen’s best venues, the Grand Theatre, the 21-year-old Finnish singer was a bright ball of energy that brought the crowd to life. She performed with a band that included her twin sister, who has matching neon yellow hair. At a festival for new artists, it can be hard to get the audience dancing, but Alma had a recognisable hit on her side (her collaboration with Felix Jaehn, Bonfire), as well as a set full of catchy dance-pop tunes. Along with Venior, LCMDF and Saara Aalto, Alma is showing that the Finns can have fun.

Next week I’m off to the Netherlands for Eurosonic Noorderslag, one of the biggest festivals for new and emerging artists in Europe. Last year I got the chance to see exciting new pop acts such as Aurora, Dua Lipa and Astrid S, so I’ve been busy reviewing the very large line-up to decide who I have to check out this time. If you’re going too, firstly tweet me so we can say hi, and secondly, read on to find out which acts are a must-see for all pop fans heading to Eurosonic 2017.



Saara Aalto wasn’t the only Finn who caught my attention in the last few months. Alma’s catchy single Dye My Hair was one of my favourite New Music Friday discoveries, so I’m looking forward to seeing if she has any more tracks like that up her sleeve at her live show.



Spain doesn’t have a reputation for  making electro-pop, but singer-producer Bearoid brings the party vibe they are known for to his singles, such as  Out of My Mind  and Bad Karma. His  cute stage name and smiley, energetic performance was enough to put him on my must-see list.

Era Istrefi


Dua Lipa might have cracked the UK charts in 2016, but when it comes to YouTube, another new Kosovan artist had a much bigger breakthrough. Era Istrefi’s single Bon Bon has over 260 million views – especially impressive as the track is actually in Albanian, a language spoken by just 5 million people.



When I discovered Icelandic teen star Glowie, I  was instantly  100x more excited about Eurosonic. So far she’s released three impeccable pop tunes, No More, No Lie and Party, working with underrated producers Stop Wait Go (also responsible for an EP of  hidden treasures  by Icelandic girlband The Charlies).

Best Youth


Each year Eurosonic has one European nation as its “focus country” and this time  it’s Portugal. A variety of Portuguese acts are on the bill, including indie-pop duo Best Youth. In their  5 years together they’ve had success at home and built an online fanbase with tracks such as Mirrorball and  Black Eyes.

In addition to these recent discoveries, you can also check out many of my Future Pop featured acts at Eurosonic, including Anne-Marie, James TW and Skott.