While 2016 was an amazing year in music, with Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Courteeners and even The Stone Roses bringing out new music. The world lost Bowie, Prince and only recently George Michael, plus numerous other musical legends.  The tragic demise of Viola Beach in February broke a million hearts.

Now almost a week into 2017, and we’ve already been blessed with the news of a third Ed Sheeran album, the release of Sundara Karma’s debut, and Noel Gallagher confirming a third album could be ready by June. But what else have we got to look forward to?

Towards the end of last year, Circa Waves released their brand new single Wake Up, also announcing the release of their second album – Different Creatures – on March 10th. Following this the band will play a UK tour which kicks off in Sheffield on March 18th.

It’s also looking to be a big year for Sundara Karma, who released their debut album Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect on January 6th. The Reading four-piece will be supporting Two Door Cinema club on their UK tour later this month, before going on to do a string of headline dates with support from different acts across the tour,  including The Night Cafe and Blaenavon.

Blossoms also have a number of gig dates lined up, including shows in Japan, New York and even a slot at popular American festival, Coachella! In 2016, the Stockport quintet announced a date at Castlefield Bowl – July 8th – as part of Sound of the City where they’ll be joined by special guests, The Coral, Touts and Rory Wynne. Richard Ashcroft, James, and Hacienda Classical also play the multi-day festival which takes place towards the end of June/early July.

Back in August Liam Gallagher announced he’s signed a new record deal and he was said to be ‘making progress’ on his upcoming solo album; set for release in 2017. It was also reported by ‘Music Week’ that he will play his first solo gig for music charity Youth Music at London’s Bush Hall on March 28th 2017. But will he be as successful as his older brother?  The jury remains out until then.

Finally, The Stone Roses are making a welcome return…a year after they played four dates at the Etihad Stadium. The Mancunian legends will be taking it up a notch this year, playing dates this June at Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park (Glasgow), Odyssey Arena (Belfast) and First Direct Arena (Leeds). Last year they were joined at the Etihad by the likes of The Courteeners, The Buzzcocks and Blossoms, with hip-hop icons Public Enemy joining them for every show. It will be interesting to see who they pull out of the bag this year.

If there’s anything you’re particularly looking forward to in Music in 2017, please leave a comment below!