In association with BMI & Spotlight Festival 

Launched in 2015, our Hotlist features ten acts we think the tippers will be tipping in the coming years. Candidates can be signed but are usually not and must not have released an album via a major record label. Early successes include Nadia Rose, Ray Blk, Dave, Abra Cadabra, Kojey Radical, Raye, Taya, Ms Banks, Age of Luna and Stefflon Don.
The Hotlist The show features five acts from our Hotlist top ten and this year is in association with BMI and the Spotlight Festival.
The aim is that the list and show generate industry and media interest and help acts further along the road to success.

Performers on the night:

Brother Zulu, Mullally, Rose Gray, TE dness & Taliwhoah

Brother Zulu
Brother Zulu is the merging of five distinctly different creative minds that creates a one-of-a kind dynamic that has led to the band becoming BBC Artist of the Week and earning an Unsigned Music Awards nomination. Their first feel good single ‘Alcool’ and concept EP ‘Under A Minute, Vol. 1’ (2017) is just the beginning of the band’s creative output with a new single set for release in early 2018, alongside plenty of other new music and performances that has the band working non-stop on their Future Soul sound.

20-year-old singer-songwriter Mullally has almost 6 million Spotify streams for the three tracks he’s released; won Best Solo Male at the Unsigned Music Awards; made the final of the UnSung new talent award at the MOBOs; and earned eclectic support from the likes of Huw Stephens, DJ Target and MTV. Mullally’s live show is still evolving following shows with Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit and Akala, but it’s been a natural next step for a young man who had played 600 shows by the time he was eighteen. “Playing live is my bread and butter – the studio stuff is all new to me, but playing live is how I learned to play music,” he affirms, adding that he can play guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. It’s a background that’s sure to serve him well in summer 18 where he is already booked to play Reading, Leeds, Latitude and The Great Escape.

A stylish pop outlier with Afro-Caribbean soul and R&B swagger, London-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, Taliwhoah immediately elicits a reaction any time she sings or even steps into a room. At the age of 13, she relocated from her native London to Seattle with her mother and stepfather who served in the military. During high school, she devoted any free minute to dance, graduating early to attend FIDM in Los Angeles. During a particularly trying time alone in 2011 in the City of Angels, her destiny became clear as a dormant desire to sing awakened. Her 2017 upbeat anthem “Alright” shuffles from a dancefloor-ready beat into a bridge steeped in fresh nineties R&B bounce before culminating on the undeniable chant, “Right now it’s a lot, but I swear I’ma be alright.”

Rose Gray
East London born Rose Gray is making some waves in the music scene with the release of her debut EP 'Blue' last month. Growing up in a family of creatives, Rose naturally fell in love with music, writing and poetry.
Her sound is soulful, there's jazz and motown influences but also something a little different. Having worked closely with Alan Nglish (CeLo Green/ Alessia Cara/ Taio Cruz) Rose's first body of work is something special. Vocally Rose resonates with the likes of Springfield, Franklin, Winehouse and Warwick, her powerful voice speaks for itself and makes her one to watch for the future.

TE dness
TE dness is rapper hailing from West London who is a part of the 6 Figure Music collective. After supporting Stormzy on tour and opening for artists such as Future, Section Boyz and Post Malone last year, TE has become well known for his energetic performances and crowd interaction. Whether he is raping about reflective experiences or creating effortlessly catchy bangers’ TE's distinctive flow takes everyone on a musical journey in the most nostalgic way. In the last quarter of 2016, TE released his 8th mixtape 'Trap Nominated' which was followed by his sold out headline show.
Not relenting on the energy, delivery and lyrical style, TE brings a fresh sound through infusing his own style and approach into his music and live performances. With his latest project Trapicana, bring the island vibes, TE continues to show off his versatility with his most current project. This year alone TE has already featured on two collaborative albums, one being the XL Records/ New Gen album, which features an array of UK talent making their mark in the music industry.