Tis the season! And what better way to end the year than with some live music. Here are our recommendations for three end-of-year shows, featuring some exciting emerging acts that are sure to be the talk of 2015.
WHO: Mikky Ekko
WHEN: December 16th, Rickshaw Shop - San Francisco, CA
WHY: Mikky Ekko is a young, up and coming American singer songwriter with a head turning voice that you may recognize from his collaboration with Rihanna on her 2013 smash "Stay." But Ekko will soon make a name for himself on his own -- he is currently working on his highly anticipated debut album, which reportedly will feature guest appearances from hit-makers like Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder. Ekko is only on tour for a few more weeks, so if you plan on being in San Francisco this holiday season don't miss his sure-to-be incredible live show at the Rickshaw on December 16.
WHO: Ella Eyre
WHEN: December 11th, O2 Arena - London, UK
WHY: In the short 2 years that British-born Ella Eyre has been on the music scene, the budding pop songstress has earned an impressive number of credits to her name. Collaborations with Bastille, Wiz Khalifa and Rudimental have all garnered her much deserved attention, as well as a nomination for the British Critics Choice Award (losing only to Sam Smith). Her live shows showcase her powerful, effortless vocals and further prove that she belongs in the limelight with the best of them. Eyre is in the middle of a 14 date UK tour, so if you are going to be in London on December 11 catch her show at the O2, where she will be opening up for legendary electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx.
WHO: Royal Blood
WHEN: December 13th, The Shrine - Los Angeles, CA
WHY: Emerging British hard rockers Royal Blood mix garage and blues to form a unique sound that has attracted a lot of attention as of late. The band also gained major traction this year with a supporting gig for the Arctic Monkeys and a nomination for the prestigious BBC Sound of 2014 award. Royal Blood is bringing their eclectic brand of rock and roll to this year's KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, and will perform alongside established acts like Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend. Don't miss this year's show at the Shrine in Los Angeles on December 13!