MUSICIANS from Sussex are among a new wave of artists set to take the charts by storm next year.

Up-and-coming artists were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.

New acts had only a few months to tour – an important step in building an audience. However, a raft of new and homegrown talent has still managed to emerge.

Here are the artists to keep on your radar in the coming months.


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The Brighton rapper, real name Riley Davies, enjoyed his first taste of success in April when he featured on a remix of Russ Millions and Tion Wayne’s drill hit Body.

The song topped the charts after going viral on TikTok but it was his verse that garnered the most attention.

He wrote his Cheeky Bars freestyle, which has gone on to have some six million YouTube views, while working in an Amazon warehouse, before signing to Island Records.

ArrDee, who turned 19 in September, has won praise for his dextrous vocal delivery and ear for a catchy hook.

He told The Face magazine earlier this year: “In the UK we love an underdog.

“So everybody loved me when I was up-and-coming and now that I’ve blown, some (people) are like, ‘Ah he’s a meme rapper’.”

ArrDee made his festival debut at Bassfest in Sheffield in August.

Maisie Peters

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This was a break-out year for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Steyning, but 2022 may be the year her career goes stratospheric.

Peters is one of only a handful of acts signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records.

Her debut album, You Signed Up for This, went to number two in September, robbed of the top spot by the juggernaut release of Kanye West’s long-awaited Donda.

A deftly crafted collection of quirky, melodramatic pop, it was widely praised by critics and bolstered an already fanatic fanbase.

Next year, she could be in the running to claim her first number one.

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