Swift turned 28 this week, and is playing the UK next year.
We’ve been scouring the live circuit to find the next big thing for our New For 2018 picks, presenting the eight most exciting breakthrough artists.
Finland based Alma celebrates around 60 million streams for single Chasing Highs on Spotify, a track she followed up with a collaboration alongside global star French Montana.
There’s a youthful exuberance to her sound, yet one with a more down to earth message. She owns her mistakes, a theme running throughout her empowering sound.
Donning neon-yellow hair, it’s testament to her self-assurance. This confidence runs throughout her pop-friendly sound that puts her in the same camp as fellow New for 2018 artist Sigrid, as well as contemporaries Dua Lipa and Charli XCX. It’s pop with attitude.
She is similarly vibrant live. A recent show at London’s XOYO saw her delight fans in a notably relaxed atmosphere. To close she launched herself towards the crowd for a triumphant surf across the room.
It’s this edgy attitude, blending together pop, punk and house, that makes Alma stand out. We’re a far cry from her start as a competitor in Finland’s version of Pop Idol.
Riding the waves of singles Dye My Hair, Chasing Highs, and Phases alongside French Montana, 2018 is promising big things for the colourful emerging pop star.
How would you sum up your year looking back on 2017?
It’s been the biggest year for my career so far! CRAZY BIG FESTIVAL CROWDS! I still can’t really believe it.
Were you surprised by the success of Chasing Highs?
Yes! It was crazy how the song blew up in UK and Europe! I’m so grateful to everyone that supported it.
How would you describe an ALMA live show?
It’s one big PARTY! Mosh-pits and good times!
What do you most look forward to about performing live?
To see the crowds reactions to new songs and just be on stage really! It’s the best part of doing what I do.
What does 2018 have in store for ALMA?
My ALBUM! and lots of touring.. It’s going to be so much fun.
Find out more about our New for 2018 artists here.