Celeste wins the BBC Sound of 2020 poll

Celeste, who was first featured on Alfitude back in summer 2014, has topped one of the UK music industry’s most prestigious polls. On a personal note this is a pretty great choice and I’m looking forward to seeing how the year pans out for this talent.

Celeste 2020 UK/EU live dates: 
January

16 – Eurosonic Festival

March

2 – O2 Southampton Guildhall, Southampton^ 3 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth ^5 – O2 Academy Brixton, London^ 6 – O2 Academy, Birmingham^ 7 – O2 Apollo, Manchester ^ 9 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge^ 10 – De Montford Hall, Leicester^ 12 – O2 Academy, Leeds^ 13 – O2 Academy, Newcastle^ 14 – Barrowlands, Glasgow^

April

21 – Belleville, Paris* 22 – Printemps De Bourges, Bourges* 24 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam* 25 – BIRD, Rotterdam* 27 – King Tuts, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)* 28 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (SOLD OUT)* 29 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)*

May

1 – Les Nuits Botanique, Belgium* 5 – Standtgarten, Cologne* 6 – Kranhalle, Munich* 8 – Pitchfork Festival, Berlin

^supporting Michael Kiwanuka

*headline shows

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BBC Sound of 2020 announced

Here we go again… BBC Sound of has just released it’s longlist for 2020 and I honestly feel this is the first time in years that they have had a list which is actually relevant… Anyhow – here’s the lucky kids (along with the first time most of these were featured on Alfitude):

My money’s on Yungblud to win this, but my heart is with Arlo Parks and Celeste. The shortlist and eventual winner will be announced in January 2020.