If you’re a music lover, then you know that there are always new bands popping up and gaining popularity. It can be hard to keep track of them all, especially if you’re not sure which ones are worth your time. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 15 bands that we think will be big in 2022. We’ve based this list on a variety of factors, including sound, fan base, and industry buzz. Keep an eye on these artists – they’re going to be huge!

Heavy Metal

  • Exaugurate

Exaugurate jumped onto the Death Metal scene in 2020 with their Chasm of Rapturous Delirium EP and a split in 2021. Exaugurate are currently writing and recording a full-length album slated for release later this year. They are definitely a band to watch this year!

  • Hällas

Now this is a band that knows how to write both classic and memorable songs! Their sound is a mix of 70s throwback and futuristic Space Rock. And they’re equally exciting to watch live!

Cover Bands

  • Fooz Fighters

As Seen on Jimmy Fallon’s “Clash Of The Cover Bands”, this Foo Fighters tribute band is one of the best to watch this year!

  • Unforgettable Fire

New Jersey-based Unforgettable Fire is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best U2 cover bands out there. 2022 is sure to be a big year for them.


  • Boy Named Banjo

For fans of Kings of Leon and High Valley, you won’t want to miss this five-man group. With a live show-ready sound, strong harmonies, virtuosic guitar licks, infectious banjo plucks, and undeniably anthemic energy, they’re sure to be huge!

  • Chapel Hart 

This female trio is perfect for country fans who love SheDaisy, Runaway June, and The Chicks. Their sound features tight family harmonies with a soulful grit. And with their unabashedly country delivery, Chapel Hart offer a fresh yet familiar sound to the genre.

Post Punk

  • Wet Leg

This post-punk duo went viral in 2021 with their single “Chase Lounge.” Catch them live this summer as they hit the festival scene!

  • Yard Act

This British post-punk quartet is ready to take the U.S. by storm. Catch them on their North American tour or at their appearance at Coachella.


  • Blue Lab Beats

Cool and vibrant, this duo is taking their music to the next level. They are standouts in the Neo-Jazz scene, consistently creating a distinctive sound of the highest musical quality.


  • Tall Heights

The indie-folk band repurposes their homespun melodies and distinguishing harmonies for a rich, spacious sound that demands larger live settings.

Bottom Line on Bands to Watch in 2022

It’s hard to believe, but we are already heading into the summer of 2022. And with that, a whole new crop of talented musicians will be hitting the summer music and festival scene. From up-and-comers to seasoned veterans, these musicians are sure to impress. They’re honing their sounds and creative energy, fine-tuning their live performances, and queuing up stage designs with band backdrops to impress at any level. So keep an eye on them – they’re going to be big!


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