Manchester artists to watch in 2019!

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Manchester has always had an incredibly strong musical heritage, yet the volume of brilliant artists and music coming out of the city in the last few years feels to me like something we’ll be looking back on in years to come as a real movement.

The likes of IAMDDB, Children of Zeus, Shotty Horroh and Bugzy Malone are prime examples of local artists making huge strides on a global scale, and yet they are far from a ‘golden-generation’ anomaly, with a real wave of musical talent and innovation continuing to flow out of Manchester.

Here are some local artists to watch out for in 2019.


Top 6 New artists in manchester 2019?



Not exactly Nostradamus with this one, considering he has already blown up, but MR. Aitch’s rise over the last year has been stellar. When he put out music video Straight Rhymez on his own YouTube channel, he said he “expected about 30k views”, yet within six months has already clocked up over 5 million. Since then, he’s continued to follow in the footsteps of Bugzy by catching the attention of the whole scene with his seemingly effortless and inimitably Mancunion brand of grime. Expect huge things for 2019.


hyp – even

HYP is the youngest on the list at just 19 but with the incredibly M-Huncho=esque song, ‘Even,’ i think we’ll be seeing more of him. For his first-ever song, it has done very well and has placed him firmly on my radar. He’s one of few artists from the Oldham area I look forward to hearing more from.

Seven Spherez

seven spherez – desert eagle

Comprising of MC Ghost One and producer Dr G, Seven Spherez is hugely talented beats and bars hip hop duo. they have worked with an extensive list of US legends, including Mobb Deep, Chris Rivers, Merkules and loads more. Both have been established around the scene for a while. With no less than three albums in the last year or so alone. Their latest is ‘Boombap & Baseball Bats’, and there is plenty more in the pipeline. I’m personally always excited for boom bap songs and raw straight barz.

Barry Blacc

barry blacc – places

Another artist who would be difficult to pinpoint to any particular style or genre. Berry Blacc is coming off the back of a big year. his place front and centre as one of the next wave of rappers and singers working with Manchester institution, The Mouse Outfit, for their last album ‘Jagged Toothed Crook’, and subsequent tours. 2019 will be bringing more releases and videos both solo and with The Mouse Outfit, as well as the launch of a hip hop/neo-soul YouTube channel.

Ibby Squish

ibby squish – ghetto story

Another artist on the come-up, Ibby Squish has a dark, grungy vibe with his voice and usually raps over eerie beats with witty and sometimes lucid barz. He’s only dropped 3 tracks but that’s enough for me to put him on my list with how well he raps and builds his stories. his new EP is slated for a November release.

Voodoo Black

boodoo black – run along

Sparkz, Ellis Meade, Dubbul O and Cutterz have already been killing it for years across their solo work. collaboration as Voodoo Black is one they have been working on in the background. Amassing a vault of tracks waiting for the right time to drop. As Voodoo Black, they have a couple of releases, but this year will see their first full project released on Room2 Records.

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