“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The Dark, Gabrielle Aplin can now confirm a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at The Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Light Up The Dark’ below:

Plus support from LEWIS WATSON

London-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. The singer’s spare acoustic guitar complemented his booming and slightly soulful voice on covers of tunes by the Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, and others, and before long he was uploading his own original compositions to great response.

In early 2013 his third EP, Wild, was released. It revealed a heightened confidence and glossier production values than Watson’s first two releases. Two more EPs followed in 2013, and Watson’s debut full-length album, The Morning, was finally released the following year, boasting a much more full-bodied production than before; it also came in a Deluxe Edition that contained every song Watson had ever released.

Lewis Watson Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch the video for ‘Holding On’ below:

Plus opening support from HANNAH GRACE

Welsh born Hannah Grace has been singing since the tender age of 3. Almost immediately she began developing her style of singing drawing from a soul, gospel, folk and jazz. She released her debut EP Meant To Be Kind in 2014 to rave reviews.

Hannah Grace Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter 

Watch Hannah perform ‘Broke’ below: