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Declan McKenna

Smart, socially-conscious indie pop

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Hertfordshire
Age
17

Appraisals of singer-songwriter Declan McKenna invariably mention his age. At 17 years old, the British teenager has already garnered the sort of buzz that many musicians twice his age would give anything for.

After winning Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015, Declan shot into the music industry’s spotlight, shortly afterwards self-releasing his debut single, Brazil.

This polemical debut, which lambasts FIFA's local community involvement at the 2014 World Cup, secured him national airplay with a coveted space on Radio 1’s playlist and a champion in Huw Stephens.

With support from BBC Music Introducing, 2016 saw him perform at Maida Vale, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Later… with Jools Holland.

Meanwhile, he continued to aim at big targets – with recent single Isombard tackling the subject of xenophobia in the media.

All the attention is certainly justified: Declan’s brand of socially-conscious indie pop is fresh and intelligent, and it has established him as a youthful voice with something to say.

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Declan McKenna - Brazil (BBC Introducing session)

Declan McKenna performs Brazil in session at Maida Vale for BBC Music Introducing.

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