New for 2018
Introducing Manchester’s gritty singer-songwriter.
We’ve been scouring the live circuit to find the next big thing for our New For 2018 picks, presenting the eight most exciting breakthrough artists.
There’s certainly something different about Manchester’s Tom Walker. From the soaring melody of the likes of Just You And I to the thunderous grit of the recent Leave A Light On and his early collaboration with Kojey Radical on Sun Goes Down, his sound is altogether bigger.
2017 has seen Tom Walker make dents in both the British and stateside charts, as well as touring alongside The Script in the US.
He’s also completed an acclaimed UK headline run, and has announced a tour for March 2018 including a stop at London’s iconic KOKO.
As well as his live shows, Tom Walker is currently gearing up to release his debut full-length, recorded with producer Jim Abyss, who has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Adele.
He’ll be expanding his characteristic take on the singer-songwriter sound, blending his melodies with a grittier, denser sound.
How has life been since the release of your Blessings EP?
Best year of my life so far. I’ve been all over, toured the US, Europe and the UK supporting some amazing acts and selling out 2 of my own headline UK tours. Absolutely buzzing.
You’ve been making waves over in the States too. How does that feel?
Yeah it’s wicked, love touring the States, I can’t wait to get back out there next year. It’s always a good vibe and it’s really strange hearing my tracks on the radio out there.
What does 2018 have in store for Tom Walker?
More touring and more music. I’ll be finishing my debut album, which I’ve been writing for the last two years. I’ve been fortunate enough to be recording a few tracks with Jim Abbiss and I’m properly ready to put it out into the world now.
What venue would you absolutely love to headline?
The Arena in Manchester. I saw all my favourite bands there growing up. That’s gonna happen next year, I’ve just not worked out how or when or why quite yet.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
Hiphop beats, raspy vocals, splash of pop, reggae and blues – it’s always a hard question to answer that one.
Find out more about our New for 2018 artists here.