BETSY confirms UK tour dates
‘Fair’ live at Maida Vale for BBC Introducing
New single – ‘Waiting’ – out now via Warner Brothers UK / Columbia Records US
“An incandescent new talent” Sunday Times Breaking Act
“Songs that lay everything bare” Fader
“Intimate sonic snapshots…heart-crushing” Noisey
“Lynchian pop mysterioso…a powerhouse” Rollacoaster
“Well on her way to becoming one of the UK’s most exciting alt-popstars” Notion
“Terrifying, but in a good way” Observer New Review
BETSY has confirmed a series of intimate dates around the UK this May, in support of new single ‘Waiting’ (out now via Warner Brothers / Columbia Records). Following a breathtaking appearance on BBC Introducing’s Maida Vale special – where BETSY performed breakout track ‘Fair’ in front of a ballot-entry audience – the 5-date UK run will include London’s Moth Club on May 15th. This follows sold-out shows at the likes of Hoxton Bar & Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, support across Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music and Top 5 appearances on Spotify’s UK & US Viral Charts.
Affecting and uplifting, latest single ‘Waiting’, writes BETSY, “is about that fire and excitement you feel when you meet someone new, fall hook, line and sinker, and it feels like you’ve been waiting your whole life for them. Hopeless romantic, me!”
BETSY is now putting the finishing touches to her debut album, which will dig deeper into her unlikely musical background. She was born on a goose farm in rural Wales, finding her voice from campfire sing-alongs and the local eisteddfod (where she boldly covered Rage Against The Machine) to the powerhouse vocalists within her parents’ vintage record collection. Keen to pursue a career in music – but knowing nobody in the industry – she was encouraged by her hard-working family to find a fall-back, and moved to London to study fashion design at Central St Martins. One distraction led to another when BETSY was invited to design catwalk for the esteemed Balenciaga in Paris: an intense, exhilarating experience filled with fascinating characters, but one that ultimately ate into her songwriting. And so BETSY returned to Wales, swapping what many of her peers deemed the job of a lifetime for a grotty caravan in her brother’s garden (which you can glimpse across much of her artwork).
Soon, there was no stopping her – BETSY furiously set about making music again, teaching herself the art of GarageBand and essentially challenging herself to write her way out of the caravan. People got an early glimpse via a collaboration with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, who reworked BETSY’s early solo demo of ‘Endless Love’ into the pair’s acclaimed single. The caravan’s door was then firmly kicked down in 2016, with acclaimed early singles ‘Fair’, ‘Lost & Found’ and ‘Wanted More’. Blowing up vulnerable, intimate moments into widescreen and empowering pop, ‘Waiting’ confirms BETSY as one of the year’s stand-out new voices.
May 11 | Cardiff | Clwb Ifor Bach
May 12 | Pembrokeshire | Newport Memorial Hall
May 13 | Wrexham | Focus Wales Central Station
May 14 | Manchester | Soup Kitchen
May 15 | London | Moth Club
WATCH the video to ‘Waiting’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDGw_VRqzAk
LISTEN to ‘Waiting’ on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4EjDYZNQcdjnOPbtZKM3Ii