Island Records announced the launch of a new live initiative; Island Life. Life will provide a platform for the new breed of Island acts. Kicking off the showcases will be a night in East London and a UK-wide tour.
The inaugural Island Life UK tour brings together three extraordinary talents:
Welshman Pete Lawrie is the latest musician to have found favour at label mateÂ’s Mumford and SonÂ’s West London folk and gospel night Communion. Music is in this talented young manÂ’s blood, his Grandfather played on Â‘StrawberryÂ’s Fields ForeverÂ’ by The Beatles. With his rough-hewn vocals he is an electric live prospect.
22-year-old Lauren Pritchard hails from Jackson, Tennessee and has been described by The Sunday Times as Â‘wonderful, brooding, strung-out soulÂ’. Produced by Eg White – the man behind AdeleÂ’s Â‘Chasing PavementsÂ’ – her future is bright.
Zimbabwe born, Hackney-raised TinashÃ© will be bringing his debut album to life on tour. Q magazine gave it 4 stars for its mix of Â‘Motown production with lovelorn lyricsÂ’. TinashÃ© has the soulful showman moves to match when he performs. He is stepping out on tour with Eliza Doolittle and Mark Ronson after this stint.
IslandÂ’s 22-year-old Celtic songbird Pearl & The Puppets completes the line-up. Already a huge pull in her native Scotland she is also the sound of the new Tamara Drewe movie, which used her single Â‘Make Me SmileÂ’ in its trailer. The same song was described by Grazia magazine as Â‘top of our playlistÂ’.
Oct 1 – Birmingham, Glee Club
Oct 2 – Cardiff, Buffalo Bar
Oct 4 – Bristol, Cooler
Oct 5 – Cambridge, Haymakers
Oct 6 – Brighton, Audio
Oct 7 – Leeds, Cockpit
Oct 8 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
Oct 10 – Manchester, Deaf Institute