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IMPALA reveals 100 independent artists to watch

By | Published on Tuesday 29 March 2022


The pan-European organisation for the independent music community – IMPALA – has announced a new programme called 100 Artists To Watch, which will put the spotlight each spring on independent artists making music across Europe. The new scheme – supported by YouTube – replaces IMPALA’s previous album of the year award.

The first 100 Artists To Watch list features music-makers from 30 different countries and more than 30 different genres, and includes UK artists like AJ Tracey, Arlo Parks and Little Simz, plus Kojaque, Noga Erez, Brodka and Whispering Sons. You can check the full list on the IMPALA website here.

Launching the new programme, IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith says: “IMPALA’s remit is to boost diversity across Europe, so it’s great to be introducing this new programme with YouTube. The idea is to help shine a light on the range of talent the independent sector works with in Europe”.

Meanwhile, YouTube’s Dan Chalmers adds: “The independent sector is a key partner for YouTube and we are really excited about our collaboration with IMPALA on 100 Artists To Watch in Europe. YouTube gives creators and artists a platform to reach the world and enables them to get noticed across borders”.