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OPENING ACT(s): Tom Walker

Wed 10/4

Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Electric Factory
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It’s been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all-star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners took on the world, with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives raised up by a love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they notched up a handful of hit singles, including ‘We Cry’, ‘Breakeven’ and ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’. Their 2008 debut album, ‘The Script’, went to number one in the UK and Ireland, approaching 2 million world wide sales. They played stadium shows with music heroes U2, Take That and Paul McCartney. They played a triumphant homecoming set at Ireland’s Oxegen festival before 78,000 fans and won Best Live Performance at the 2010 Meteor Awards (beating their mentors U2). And to cap it all, ‘Breakeven’ became one of the slowest climbers in US pop history, eventually hitting the top of Billboards Adult Pop Song radio airplay chart after 40 weeks on release. ‘Breakeven’ has sold over 1.7 million downloads in the US alone. But that was just the first draft. Now it’s time to write a whole new Script. The scene is a recording studio in London. Two young Irishmen are listening to playback. Handsome, dark haired Danny O’Donoghue is The Script’s charismatic vocalist and keyboard player. Shaven headed Mark Sheehan is their intense, loquacious guitarist. Third member, friendly but taciturn drummer and multi-instrumentalist Glen Power is in an adjoining studio, laying down a beat. Danny and Mark cannot sit still. They are leaping about to the music blasting from huge speakers, an addictive blend of hip hop rhythms, flowing melodies, sparkling hooks and emotive, story-spinning lyrics, with Danny’s mellifluous soulful vocals riding high over huge, anthemic choruses. This is their forthcoming second album, ‘Science And Faith’, and it is fair to say the band are excited. “We’ve gone from playing little clubs to doing theatres, festivals and stadiums,” says Mark. “It’s a little bit shocking to us as new band, playing to these mass audiences. And we feel we have to touch everybody, hit ever fucker in there.” “I’m just so excited about this record,” declares Danny. “We are more confident about our sound, so you really want to fine tune your writing skills. Find the essence of what we do, songs that mean something, that people would like to sing out loud at a concert.” “We’ve had to really think about who we are, what we are, and why it matters,” continues Mark. “Take all that experience and try and do something positive with it. We really just want to nail that last album. Put it to the wall.” “For me, it’s like working out to the point of exhaustion,” continues Danny. “We come in here and try and give ourselves to the track, emotionally, spiritually, lyrically, musically, whatever we can give, and then walk out here utterly spent. And then, job done.”

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    Signed to Sony’s Relentless Records, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tom Walker was born in Scotland and raised in Manchester on his father’s extensive record collection. Tom was drawn to classic artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, which still influence his music today. His distinctive style layers hip-hop beats, traditional songwriting and electronic elements with a voice that has a soulful grit and an northern charm. His latest single “Heartland” co-written and produced by Naughty Boy follows on from his 'Blessings EP" which received critical acclaim from tastemakers The Sunday Times, Pigeons&Planes, Wonderland, Shortlist and MTV. It featured the song ‘Just You & I’ a track which has already had an astonishing 19M streams on Spotify and is currently in the Top 40 HotAC airplay chart in the US. Tom also marked his breakout year with his first major US TV performance on the Today Show – also playing three sold out shows in LA and New York before returning to London for a sold show at Omeara. He is currently playing festivals over the Summer including Glastonbury where he performed an exclusive stripped back version of 'Blessings for BBC 2.

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