Rory Graham aka Rag’n’Bone Man will embark on his biggest headline tour to date in April 2017. Opening at the 02 Academy Bristol on April 18, 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 2017 Tour Dates:
Tuesday 18 02 Academy, Bristol
Wednesday 19 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Thursday 20 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Saturday 22 02 Ritz, Manchester
Sunday 23 Glasgow 02 ABC, Glasgow
Monday 24 02 Institute, Birmingham
Rag’n’Bone Man will drop his debut album “Human,” on February 10 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.
2016 has been an incredible year for Rory. Having just been longlisted on the BBC Sound Of Poll, 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,2 has now been certified Gold in seven 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 (at the time of writing) currently sitting at number two on the iTunes chart.
The phenomenal success of his single “Human” 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 crew The 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.
Here are just a few of the rave responses to his music from the media:
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
Check out the official video to “Human” in our Video Zone
STOP PRESS: News just in…..Rag’N’Bone Man has has WON the coveted 2017 Brit Awards Critics Choice – shortlisted with ex-Rudimental singer Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa. It is the 10th Critics Choice award, and past winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Florence + the Machine.
When he was told he had won; Rag’N’Bone Man aka Rory Graham was gob-smacked. “I thought they had made a mistake. I was up against two pop giants. It’s bloody brilliant! I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin.”
A panel of music experts considered over 100 artists to shortlist just three. Rag’N’Bone Man will join Olly Murs, Craig David, Christine and the Queens Calum Scott to perform at the BRIT Nominations Show on Saturday 14th January 2017, broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Emma Willis. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s debut major label album “Human” is due early 2017. A dead cert bet for a smash hit number one album.