From being scouted by Carl Barat of The Libertines, touring the USA with Ed Sheeran, and his song ‘Fire’ appearing on the soundtrack of Bradley Cooper’s 2015 film, Burnt – it’s really not been a bad year for Barns Courtney.
Born in Ipswich, but spending most of his childhood in Seattle, Barns is now signed to Virgin EMI Records and only last week NME Magazine dropped the new video for his new track “Hands”; the follow up to his 2015 mega jam “Glitter & Gold”.
It’s hard to properly explain what kind of artist Barns is, as he almost feels too unique to label, but try thinking anthemic folk / blues / rock- a touch of Johnny Cash meeting Mumford & Sons.
His charisma and stage presence truly make him one of the most exciting live artists breaking through at the moment. After seeing him this year at SXSW, rocking around in a little venue called Lamberts that serves hearty BBQ food downstairs and manages to create the perfect gig atmosphere upstairs, I was hit with a realisation that this time next year such an intimate gig with him probably won’t be possible.
He’s touring many of the UK’s festivals this summer and is definitely someone worth dragging yourself out of your tent to see- I promise it will be worth it. If you don’t come away exhausted from stamping around and waving your arms, then you’ve not done it right!
We love you Barns!
Barns is playing The Great Escape in May. Tix available at www.ticketweb.co.uk/tge
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