Never one to be confined to the singular list framework, Shuf's 'ones to watch' in 2017 come in a multitude of forms. Spanning clubnights, new releases, live shows and up-and-coming artists and DJs, check out what we believe is worth getting excited about in the next twelve months. 

Opening Of Printworks

A welcome addition to the capital's clubbing landscape, this February sees the opening of the new 5,000 capacity multi-purpose venue in South London's Canada Water. Already announced in its wide-reaching club programme are parties curated by the likes of The Hydra, Nina Kraviz and Melt Festival.

Printworks' full listings can be found here.  


2016 was a pretty big year for Drake, who reached even greater heights with the release of quadruple platinum VIEWS and worldwide hits such as One Dance and Rihanna collaboration Work. Now with the imminent release of his More Life "playlist" and European leg of Boy Meets World Tour starting later this month, 2017 looks to be another momentous year for hip-hop's prevailing megastar.

DJ Nobu & Dr. Rubinstein, Oval Space Residents 2017

2017 will see the arrival of Japanese techno experimentalist DJ Nobu and rising Berlin selector Dr. Rubinstein at East London's favourite warehouse nightclub, Oval Space.  Taking up their year-long residences to play beside the likes of DJ Stingray, Abdulla Rashim and Jane Fitz, the highly esteemed duo will be sure to attract hoards of dance music enthusiasts throughout the year.

Check out Oval Space's and sister club Pickle Factory's full programme here

Tinashe, Joyride

Continually pushing back the release date of her highly-anticipated sophomore LP Joyride, Tinashe appeased eagerly awaiting fans with the surprise release of her Nightride mixtape last November. And with its sultry atmospheric R&B grooves hopefully a sign of what's to come, it looks like it will be well worth the wait when Joyride emerges later this year. 

Aphex Twin Headlining Field Day

Making a rare live appearance in Victoria Park this June, ambient innovator Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin, will headline Field Day's new performance space The Barn. Recently adding the beautifully hypnotic acid-infused Cheetah EP to his already expansive discography, James' live show revival is a truly mouth-watering prospect for fans both old and new.   

Click here to purchase tickets. 


Since arriving on the house and techno scene last year with her irresistable debut Feel Me, Willow has gone from strength to strength. With upcoming sets at Sheffield's nightlife staple Hope Works and South London's Corsica Studios in the next couple of months, be sure to check out her extensive repertoire of electronic beats. 

Jeff Mills, Planets

Now in its 25th year, Jeff Mills' Axis Records celebrates with the release of Planets, a new "electronic classical" LP from its legendary creator. A conceptual record at its core, Planets will see Mills venturing on a celestial sonic journey of the solar system's nine planets. Premiering his compositions this summer at London's Barbican Centre, listeners will have the chance to see his live fusion of electronics and orchestras in an unmissable performance.

Mulatu Astatke & Ata Kak At The Jazz Cafe

Forever London's home of diverse and exciting live music, The Jazz Cafe continues its outstanding programme this April with performances from two of the African continent's most prolific figures. Ethio-Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke will firstly grace the venue's stage on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, before Awesome Tapes From Africa prodigy Ata Kak takes the reigns two weeks later. 

Tickets to both shows can be found here

Bjarki, bbbbbb Records

Already generously treated to three LP releases from Bjarki last year, there is even more in store in 2017 for fans of the Icelandic producer's fusion of breakbeat and techno tones. Recently announcing the launch of his own label bbbbbb Records, its first release sees the reissuing of X-Static's 1992 My Inspiration early in February. 

I Hate Models

Last autumn's release of I Hate Models' breakthrough EP Warehouse Memories stood out as a highlight in new industrial techno sounds. Playing Manchester's intimate basement Soup Kitchen later this month before a few select shows across Europe, this emerging producer is certainly one to watch out for in 2017.

AuthorDuncan Harrison