What To Look Forward To In 2019
Let’s be honest, 2018 has been a rough year. Politics, climate change and snow took the headlines, and we’ve all forgotten to just take a little bit of time out and appreciate the music surrounding us.
The past 12 months in sound can be summed up by the song of the summer: George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’, the biggest song of the year: Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ (which reached over 1 billion streams on Spotify), and a couple of other tracks that have been big this year. For example, Ariana Grande – Thank u, next, Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris with ‘One Kiss’ and Rudimental’s collaborative effort ‘These Days’ with Jess Glynne and Macklemore.
So despite the yearly headlines undoubtedly covering Brexit, President Trump, the melting of the ice caps and plenty other world events, there’s been a lot happening in the music industry too. With 2019 fast approaching, uncertainty lies in waiting, but what can we expect music-wise next year?
Internationally recognised as potentially the biggest band about at the moment, The 1975 only recently released their third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, but their fourth LP is currently slated for a release on May 31. It’s just in time given their upcoming headline slot at Reading & Leeds.
Their announcements for these albums have been far from simple; we were originally going to get a third album called Music For Cars and then a fourth entitled Drive Like I Do, but ‘Music For Cars’ in now apparently an era containing two albums, with Drive Like I Do being scrapped.
There are a couple of confirmed tracks for the fourth album: ‘The Birthday Party’ and ‘Frail State Of Mind’, but as yet no released snippets of the tracks. The direction that the band will take on their fourth album is currently unknown but given its existence in the same era as ABIIOR, it’ll probably be similar. Although according to lead singer Matty Healy, there are elements of garage and some outstanding lyrics.
New Bring Me The Horizon
On a similar status to The 1975 in terms of popularity, BMTH have already released a couple of snippets from their new album Amo, set to be released on January 25. ‘Mantra’ became one of the biggest sounding songs of the year after its release back in August, and ‘Wonderful Life’ followed.
Oliver Sykes told BBC Radio 1 the whole album doesn’t follow the sound of ‘Mantra’, rather “every song on the record is completely different. It’s a lot more experimental than [That’s The Spirit].” Bring Me The Horizon are one of the rumoured acts to be headlining Glastonbury 2019, and if the new album sells well, they’re almost definitely going to be making an appearance.
More new releases across the whole year
BMTH and The 1975 may be some of the biggest names to be releasing new music next year, but there are loads of new albums we can look forward to. Rudimental’s next effort Toast To Our Differences’ will also be released on January 25, and has a huge list of collaborators which include James Arthur, Jess Glynne, Tom Walker, Anne-Marie, Major Lazor and more. They’ve become the staple producers for artists to test their drum and bass skills with, and the new album was delayed release so that more tracks could be put on.
We can also look forward to the fifth album by White Lies, aptly titled Five, on February 1. ‘Time To Give’ was released upon announcement, and the 7-and-a-half minute long prog rock colossus is a nice introduction to the new LP.
Nina Nesbitt will also release her second album The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, while Green Day recently announced they’re working on new music and Coldplay have technically already released some new stuff under the pseudonym Los Unidades.
Huge World Tours
With a new album comes a new tour and it’s not unusual to hear some big names playing near you across the year. But there are a few coming up which will stand out from the rest.
Muse’s ‘Simulation Theory World Tour’ will be a truly incredible rock experience, as the band have promised to push the boundaries of live music. Also bound to be a highlight is the return of the Spice Girls, playing a few stadiums over the summer 2019 including Manchester, London, Dublin and Cardiff.
We’ll also have to say goodbye to live performances from Michael Bublé, Elton John and Boyzone. Years & Years will also take to the stage with their ‘Palo Santo Tour’, Take That will take their ‘Greatest Hits Live Tour’ across the country, while Ed Sheeran will bring his ‘Divide Tour’ to a close in Ipswich.
New names taking the world by storm
We’ve made it clear already that some of the biggest names in music have an exciting year coming up, but there’s also a fair few currently unknown stars who we’ll all get to know across the next 12 months.
Winner of the Critic’s Choice Award for the 2019 Brits Sam Fender is a clear example. His recent EP Dead Boys proved to be popular with its important song lyrics and we can expect more from the Newcastle singer. Also on the Brit Awards’ list are Lewis Capaldi and Mahalia, both of whom will surely become the biggest new pop stars of the year.
The BBC Sound Of 2019 list is also a good place to look for your new favourite singers, and this year it includes Grace Carter from ‘Silence’ fame, ‘Too Much Fun’ singers Sea Girls, Slow Thai, Ella Mai and folk-hip hop crossover singer Dermot Kennedy. A highlight of his back catalogue is ‘A Closeness’.
Huge Festival Performances
We’ve mentioned a couple of rumoured headliners already, but the festival announcements have been coming thick and fast recently. The biggest of them all is obviously Stormzy’s appearance at Glastonbury, with organiser Emily Eavis teasing some more news before Christmas.
Having said all of that, the headlines in 2019 will no doubt be politics, climate change and snow once more, but let’s remember to take some time out this year and enjoy some new music. There’s plenty to look forward to.
Written By Oscar La-Gambina