Spotify is excited to announce that Scottish indie band Vistas are the second artists from the UK and Ireland to have been selected to join Spotify’s RADAR programme for emerging artists. This follows rap duo Young T & Bugsey being chosen as the first RADAR UK/IE act, as part of Spotify’s global initiative across more than 50 countries. RADAR represents Spotify’s commitment to emerging artists across all stages of their development, in order to help them deepen their connection to new and existing audiences.
Hailing from Edinburgh, Vistas have already started to cement their place as one of the most exciting emerging bands in the indie scene, which is why they’ve been picked by the Spotify team as the next exciting UK/IE act to join the worldwide RADAR programme. To coincide with the release of their debut album ‘Everything Changes in the End’ this Friday 29th May, Vistas’ on- and off-platform support from Spotify will include a full marketing campaign, promotion within Spotify, and editorial support including the RADAR: First Listen playlist. As with all RADAR artists, support will be ongoing for a 12 month period according to artist needs.
Fans of Vistas will be able to join the band in a live album listening party via Zoom. The party begins with an ‘isolation gig’ via the @gigsinscotland and @vistasmusic Instagram accounts at 10pm on Thursday 28th May, followed by a Q&A, and then a Zoom ‘live’ album listening party at midnight, where fans will be able to tune in with the band to listen to the album on Spotify
Terry Edwards, SB Management, said, “It's brilliant to be supported by Spotify: we’ve felt part of the Spotify family since the early support which essentially got the ball rolling for Vistas - and even more so now that we’ve been chosen as a RADAR artist. Spotify editorial support has been a massive part of growing the band from grass roots venues to playing main stages at festivals and beyond. We’re excited to see how things unfold from here, and to keep growing the band together in the future.”
Sulinna Ong, Spotify UK/IE, Head of Music, said, “At Spotify we are in a unique position to connect artists with new and wider audiences. With that comes the desire to make a significant contribution towards elevating new and emerging talent, which is why we created the RADAR programme earlier this year. We’ve already seen strong results from the support we’ve provided our debut RADAR artists Young T & Bugsey so far, and as we look to add the next round of artists to RADAR, it was important to us to represent diversity in genre and look at music coming from different regions.
“Scottish indie band Vistas will be the second artist to join the RADAR programme in the UK and Ireland. Having built a loyal live fanbase and with the release of their debut album ‘Everything Changes In The End’ this month via their own imprint, the band were a stand-out choice. We will be working closely with Vistas and their team to further support them and introduce new listeners to their music.”