Rory Graham (aka Rag’n’Bone Man) will embark on his biggest headline tour to date next April. Opening at the 02 Academy Bristol on April 18th he will play two Shepherds Bush Empire shows in London on April 19th and 20th. He will also play Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. The Great Escape Festival in Brighton have also just announced Rory as their first headliner for the May festival.
Headline UK April 2017 Tour Dates:
Tuesday 18 O2 Academy, Bristol
Wednesday 19 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Thursday 20 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Saturday 22 O2 Ritz, Manchester
Sunday 23 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Monday 24 O2 Institute, Birmingham
Buy tickets for the tour HERE.
Last week, Rag’n’Bone Man announced the release of his highly anticipated debut album Human, out on February 10th on Columbia Records / Best Laid Plans. News of the album came as Rory was shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award alongside Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie. Having previously been won by the likes of Adele, Sam Smith and Emilie Sande, the winner will be announced on Thursday December 8th.
2016 has been an incredible year for Rory. Having been long-listed on the BBC Sound Of Poll last week, he’s also featured as part of Apple Music’s New Artist For 2017 and topped the Google Play Music One’s To Watch list.
His single Human has now been certified Gold in 7 countries, streamed 45 million times and hit the number 1 spot on iTunes in 25 countries. Having been added to all the major radio playlists here in the UK Human is this week’s number 1 trending track in the UK and is currently sitting at number 2 on the iTunes chart.
Watch the official video for Human HERE.
Watch Rory perform Human on Later…with Jools Holland HERE.
Listen to the Rudimental remix of Human HERE.
The phenomenal success of his single Human around the globe follows years of relentless performing for Rory. At the age of just 15 he started rapping in his hometown of Uckfield and then at 19, encouraged by his father, started singing at local blues nights. His combined love for blues and rap soon developed into something bigger, when he joined Brighton’s hip-hop crewThe Rum Committee, regularly travelling up to London to play hip-hop nights in Brixton. The releases of his Blues Town, Wolves and Disfigured EPs earned him huge crowds across the country, firming a dedicated fan base incredibly early on in his career.
“A surely unstoppable star in waiting” – Evening Standard
“Brighton’s tattooed future-soul-star channels D’Angelo’s R&B sensuality with hand-wringing directness and an out-of-body voice” – Mojo
"His voice is a mighty, bruised holler-and-croon of an instrument" – Sunday Times Culture
“A pioneer crossover artist who will be making colossal waves in 2016” – Wonderland
“The voice of a long-lost blues legend” – The Guardian
“Haunting, hollering stuff from the sturdy blue-eyed soulman” – Metro
“The buzz around rising star Rag’n’Bone Man is growing with the release his most powerful single yet, Human” – The Sun (Bizarre)
“Rag’n’Bone Man is big in every sense of the word, but if his trajectory continues at the rate it’s going now, he could be huge” – The Independent
“On first listen to Rag’N’Bone Man you’d be forgiven for thinking that the gravelly voiced crooner is the Deep South personified, his voice belies his background, but in fact Rory Graham is one of our own – Hunger
“Rory Graham, aka Rag 'N' Bone Man, is everything you should love in a blues singer” – Complex