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New Music: Declan Mckenna

With all the swagger and confidence of someone twice his age, Declan Mckenna has been one of the indie breakthrough stars of the year, racking up hundreds of thousands of YouTube plays and wowing audiences on tour across the UK and beyond.

The thing that strikes you immediately about Declan’s music is his ear for a hook. The chorus from his latest single “Isombard” (listen below) will work its way into your brain instantly and will leave you humming along for hours. The tune has won the singer a whole army of fans, including Jools Holland who had Declan perform the track on an episode of ‘Later’ back in September.

A fearless live performer, Declan has spent much of the latter half supporting 2016’s breakthrough success of the year Blossoms as well as a run of US shows with The Head and The Heart. A headline date at London’s Nambucca pub sold-out well in advance and his upcoming Winter UK headline tour is selling like hot cakes. Conan

With lyrics that relate to multiple generations, songs that are catchier than the common cold and the live chops of someone who’s been doing this for decades, 2017 looks like it’s going to a good ‘un for the Hertfordshire-born troubadour.

Grab tickets for upcoming Declan McKenna shows at www.ticketweb.co.uk/declanmckenna