With so many huge acts in and out of our doors, it’s easy to forget those that are out there, tirelessly working their way up to the top who deserve your attention. This week, we’re putting the spotlight on folk-pop artist, Billy Lockett.
As much as we all enjoy upbeat, positive music that makes you dance, sometimes you can’t beat a good sad song, particularly when they’re as stunning and poignant as the ones that Billy Lockett creates.
The Northampton based singer-songwriter first started toying with people’s emotions when he released his debut EP, Burn It Down in 2016 – a collection of songs which established him as a talented pianist with an astonishing voice. Within seconds of pressing play, you can feel the shivers spreading across your body as his incredibly honest and personal lyrics float around your mind. His influences span across an array of genres, from composers to more electronically-focused artists such as Chet Faker, and he takes on elements from them all to produce heavenly music that throws out the rule book and writes beautiful stories.
The EP, unsurprisingly, grabbed the attention of some notable people, which then led to Billy taking on support slots for Lana Del Ray, Birdy and more recently, Leon Bridges, which is an impressive collection of names to add to his list of ever-growing accomplishments. BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens has been championing Billy’s music since the very beginning, as has 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and he even classes Made In Chelsea stars JP and Binky as fans and friends.
He stays humble though, pouring his heart and soul into creating music that he, more than anyone, loves. That said, having sold out four headline London shows in just over a year and his singles racking up millions of streams, it’s safe to say there are more than just a few people who are head over heels for Billy’s work. If we still haven’t convinced you, just take a listen to new single, ‘Feels So Good’.
Already this summer he’s performed at The Great Escape festival, Live At Leeds and Barn on the Farm and while he may be spending much of the year working on his debut album, (alongside producers who have worked with London Grammar, The 1975 and Ed Sheeran, no less) he’s got one more big headline show to cram in before 2018 comes to a close.
So, if Billy Lockett sounds like your cup of tea, then stick the kettle on and grab your tickets to see him now:
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Tuesday 9 October Buy Tickets
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