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Priestgate on NME’s list of bands to watch in 2022

After a successful end to 2021, with a debut tour and the imminent release of their maiden album, Driffield indie band Priestgate have started 2022 in style after being named in a prestigious list of up-and-coming artists.

The five-piece, comprised of Rob Schofield, Connor Bingham, Kai Overton, Bridie Stagg and Isaac Ellis, have a growing reputation in the music industry and, after receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music for their single ‘Bedtime Story’, were featured in the pages of NME, explaining how their roots in the Capital of the Wolds has put them on the path to success.

Now, Priestgate have been included in The NME 100, which lists who the prestigious publication believe are the most exciting breakthrough acts around the world throughout the year and beyond.

Artists that have previously appeared on the list include Billie Eilish, Dave, Dua Lipa and Yungblud.

Priestgate’s entry describes the band’s style as ‘gothic dream-pop to destroy small-town boredom’.

The ‘Why you’re going to love them’ section states ‘Following in the footsteps of Todmorden’s Working Men’s Club and Hebden Bridge’s The Lounge Society, Priestgate are the latest bunch to burst out of a sleepy Yorkshire town with a noisy mission.

‘Their glimmering dream-pop was written with the sole purpose of kicking against those rural trappings and, in doing so, the gang hit upon a formula that speaks to a wider generation.

‘Their glossy, anguish-packed sound echoes all the youthful abandon of peak B-Town (the name given to an indie music scene based in the Digbeth area of Birmingham).”

When the Wolds Weekly spoke to Rob, Priestgate’s lead singer in November, he revealed that, shortly after completing a mini tour, the band had signed to a London-based music label.

The tour took Priestgate to Newcastle, London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull and Leeds, with the five-piece supporting fellow indie bands The Ninth Wave and Dream Wife.

Currently, Rob and his bandmates are back in the studio, assisted by former Kaiser Chiefs member Nick Hodgson.
Fans of Priestgate can expect them to drop some music in January, before the release of an EP in March.

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