Billy Lockett is fast establishing himself as one of music’s best-kept secrets. A singer-songwriter of prodigious talent hailing from Northampton, his brand new single ‘Old Man’ is released in September, ahead of his third headline tour of the UK, and demonstrates why Radio 1 have been such keen supporters to date.
‘Old Man’ is a yearning, heartfelt number inspired by Billy’s father, a massive influence on the young singer who sadly passed away this year. Billy was raised solely by his father from the age of eight, a colourful character who was a bohemian artist exposing Billy to incredible experiences. ‘Old Man’ serves as a poignant reminiscence of the man who formed Billy into the artist he is today.
Displaying real meaning and depth, Billy’s songwriting sees him convey his stories with a sincere, soulful voice, paralleled with his remarkable skill on both guitar and piano. These attributes have gained him a substantial, loyal fan base and airplay from the likes of Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Dev, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens and Gemma Cairney at Radio 1 who have championed his previous releases, play listing singles ‘Balance’ and ‘Pathways’.
The talented multi-instrumentalist’s release is produced by Andy Green (Keane, Paolo Nutini and The Feeling) and set to create serious excitement throughout his rapidly expanding fanbase and the wider music industry.
Since hitting the road as a travelling troubadour playing support slots wherever he could, Billy has now completed two sold-out UK headline tours, ramming venues such as The Borderline in London. On top of that he has found himself as support for artists such as KT Tunstall, Nina Nesbitt and Lana Del Rey. Most recently Billy was asked to join Birdy as main support on her UK and European tour – all of which has grown Billy’s fan base considerably.
A string of festival appearances at T in the Park, Isle Of Wight, The Great Escape, Splendour and Redfest have given Billy the chance to extend his enchanting live performance to a wider audience. They also saw him make the transition from solo artist to full band, unveiling new members and further expanding his already acclaimed live performance.
You can watch Billy and his band perform a special, acoustic cover of Kodaline’s ‘All I Want’ here
Starting in October Billy sets out on his biggest UK headline tour to date, which will be rounded off at The Tabernacle on November 6th. The full dates are as follows:
11th Brighton, Komedia 27th Newcastle, Cluny 2
12th Sheffield, The Leadmill 29th Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
14th Norwich, Waterfront Studio 30th Manchester, Deaf Institute
15th Cambridge, Portland Arms 31st Birmingham, Rainbo
16th Oxford, The Art Bar
19th York, The Duchess NOVEMBER
20th Hull, Fruit
21st Leeds, Brudnell Social Club 2nd Nottingham, The Bodega
22nd Liverpool, East Village 3rd Bristol, Colston 2
24th Dublin, Grand Social 4th Exeter, The Cavern
25th Belfast, Black Box 5th Southampton, Joiners
26th Edinburgh, The Electric 6th London, The Tabernacle
The ‘Old Man’ single is to be released on September 21st
ABOUT BILLY LOCKETT
Billy has always had ambitions to carve out a career in music and establish himself, which became his priority and sole ambition since the age of 16. “You can’t win if you don’t play” is a quote that he lives by and has been a catalyst in his journey. Although blessed with musical talent, Billy never realised he could truly make something of himself until he actually played the cards he’d been dealt and took his music upstairs from the basement where he’d been hidden away writing for years. “One day I thought to myself, get out of your room and work on your music...Show people why you’re doing it and what you’re capable of!”
This declaration is now coming to fruition and his rise to prominence is under way.
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