In the five short years that Blossoms have been playing music together, they’ve gone on to achieve things some bands can only dream of. Here we take a look at their rise to fame and just why they’ve become a must-see live act.
Back in 2013 in a scaffolding yard in Stockport, a group of lads barely in adulthood were putting pen to paper and writing songs that would go on to change their lives. Named after a pub on the bus route to Manchester, Blossoms had big ambitions from the start and it’s fair to say that all their hard work has paid off.
The great thing about the music scene in the north is that everyone supports each other, and in the early days, Blossoms found themselves a friend, a mentor and a producer in The Coral’s James Skelly. Skelly recorded Blossoms’ earliest songs and signed them to his own label, allowing the band to get their music heard and develop a loyal fanbase in Manchester and the surrounding areas. Following the release of their first official single, ‘Blow’, things quickly escalated and the words “sold out” began appearing on venue signs across the UK.
2015 saw Blossoms hit the road more and more, supporting the likes of The Charlatans and James as well as tackling the festival crowds of SXSW, The Great Escape and Reading and Leeds, all before they’d even released their debut album. That December, they’d drop the single that would become their most commercially successful song to date and with over 20 million streams on Spotify alone; ‘Charlemagne’ became the catapult in the band’s career.
The single then lead to Blossoms earning a spot on the BBC Sound of 2016 list, where they ended up coming fourth place and the next 12 months would see the band become one of the most hyped about acts in the UK. Their self-titled debut album was unleashed onto the world in August 2016, following another summer of prestigious festival performances and a praised support slot with The Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium. The record went straight to the number one spot in the UK charts and earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination, firmly establishing the band as a leader in the new generation of indie music.
Rounding off 2016 in style, Blossoms went on to sell out both O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and O2 Forum Kentish Town within two months of each other, as well as continuously selling out their headline shows across the UK. They’d become a band in demand and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Still riding off the wave their debut album had created for them, Blossoms quickly got to work on the follow-up and in April we’ll finally get to hear the outcome. Cool Like You sees the band take their infectious indie-rock sound and experiment with other dimensions, adding synths and electronic elements into the mix, which complement the emotional and honest songwriting perfectly.
To celebrate the next chapter in the band’s career, they’ll be back on the road in May, returning once again to dominate the O2 Forum Kentish Town, where they’ll flaunt their new material with passion and pride, as well of course as delivering the anthems that we have grown to love over the past few years. There’s no doubt that these shows will sell out quickly, so if you want to be a part of Blossoms history, make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible.
O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 7 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Tuesday 8 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 10 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 11 May - SOLD OUT
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