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Keep an eye out for these up and coming stars in 2020

As we establish ourselves in the new decade, Brighton’s freakishly good music scene continues to give use more talented new acts. With plenty of gigs already announced for this new year, Culture Calling has delved into the musical melting pot to round up (in no particular order) Brighton’s top five up and coming musicians.


After forming back in 2017, 3-piece Projector has since released their debut album with numerous singles featuring other local artists, such as AA sessions and Sickjoy. If you’re a fan of alt-pop from the 90s you’ll be sure to love their single ‘Break Your Own Heart’, which is built on chugging riffs and deep, pulsating bass licks. They are exploding with grunge-pop energy.

Italia 90

Originally from Brighton, this four-piece band is currently on a UK tour, gifting us with their music which is inspired by early wire recordings, hence why their first two EP’s were brought out on cassette. If you’re a fan of Fontaines DC, you’re probably going to dig these guys too. Their single ‘Road to Hell’ is definitely one to turn the volume up to annoy your neighbours with.


These Brighton musicians are definitely up and coming in the music scene. The boys might sound bright and blissful, however, their music is also bursting with tension which resonates with the anxiety and other themes of societal issues they’re trying to explore throughout their music. Their single ‘Houseplants’ has 70s feels to it and sounds charmingly laid-back slacker for a band that’s psych pop.

Yumi and the Weather

An Alt-pop indie sensation, solo artist Ruby is heavily inspired by musicians such as Nick Hakim and Slugabed. Her music adds beauty to mundanity and heartbreak in a unique way. Sinceher last album release in 2018, Ruby is yet to release another, but after speaking to her in December last year, she spilled that she’s currently in the middle of working on some fresh material to be released in 2020.

Demob Happy

Born and bred up in the north, this three-piece band is now a Brighton staple in the indie-rock scene. Since their release of “Less is More” (which falls firmly into the category of bangers) they’ve been touring here, there and everywhere. Their single ‘Fake Satan’, creates a feeling of both retro and just itchingly cool.