New Horizons music artists for 2019 project unveiled

12 new Horizons artists for 2019

From dreamy indie rockers that made waves on Netflix's Black Mirror, to one of the fastest banjo players in Wales - these are some of the latest artists to join the Horizons music project.

Twelve bands and singers have been unveiled for the 2019 project in Wales.

The collaboration between BBC Wales and the Arts Council of Wales supports up-and-coming new Welsh music.

The dozen will now get the chance to play gigs, festivals and industry events to boost their profiles.

"It's such a privilege to reveal which artists have made it onto the project this year," said BBC Wales radio presenter and Horizons project manager, Bethan Elfyn.

"The list includes some immensely talented creatives, producing stunning music across a variety of genres."

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Cymru's Huw Stephens added: "This is a massively exciting time for music from Wales.

"I'm sure that the Horizons tracks will be making their way into people's favourite playlists before the year is out, and I know I'll be playing my favourites on the radio."

The arts council's Lisa Matthews said: "Music has been an integral part of Wales' cultural make-up for generations.

"It's vitally important that creative people in Wales are provided with access to support, expertise and opportunities and the platforms to succeed."

The 12 Horizons artists were unveiled at a showcase event in Cardiff on Sunday.

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  • Codewalkers - a rock, rap and reggae five-piece from Cardiff
  • Darren Eedens & the Slim Pickin's - a Bluegrass inspired banjo and guitar player
  • Endaf - a garage and deep house producer and vocalist from Caernarfon
  • Esther - a jazz vocalist and DJ regularly on the Cardiff indie scene
  • Eve Goodman - Gwynedd singer-songwriter from Y Felinheli
  • Gwilym - Welsh indie outfit from Gwynedd and Anglesey who bagged five gongs at this year's Selar Welsh music prize awards
  • HANNA2K - self-proclaimed "pink-pop" artist from the Vale of Glamorgan, who cites influences from Britney Spears to Kanye West
  • Jack Perrett - Newport singer-songwriter who has drawn comparisons with Oasis and The Stone Roses
  • Kidsmoke - Wrexham indie band who found one of their tracks on the TV series Black Mirror - and have already impressed at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas
  • Rosehip Teahouse - twinkly bedroom pop from Cardiff that walks a fine line between happy and sad
  • SERA - bilingual singer-songwriter inspired by her upbringing in Caernarfon and Snowdonia
  • Y Cledrau - indie rock from Bala in Gwynedd, their first Welsh language album won plaudits from BBC 6 Music

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