Newly unveiled Fender Next Class of 2023 highlights 25 guitar-powered artists you need to hear this year

The Fender Next logo, with photos of (left to right, top to bottom) Momma, Samm Henshaw, Cecilia Castleman, Wallice
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has announced its fifth class of Fender Next artists, and in doing so has identified 25 up-and-coming musicians who have been tipped for greatness by the guitar giant.

It comes as no surprise that Fender – a key champion of young instrumentalists from a huge array of backgrounds and genres – has once again earmarked a strong cohort of diverse guitarists, having selected the likes of Sam Fender, Wet Leg, Phoebe Bridgers, Japanese Breakfast, Madison Cunningham and more in previous Fender Next intakes.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.