Words can’t describe this incredible opportunity I had given to me by the wonderful Chris Evans last Thursday. I played to 35,000 people on the main stage.. It was AMAZING!
When Take That went on just after me, we were about 10 yards away from them.. It was a really special moment for me. I suddenly remembered being an 8 year old girl on the way to school listening to Chris Evans in the morning playing Take That singles from way back then… I don’t think in my wildest dreams I would have thought I’d be on stage at Chris’s festival going on right before them! Here’s the end of “Riptide”.
I told you I was close to Take That!
It was an amazing weekend, I was there with my best friend Kate and the gorgeous Sam, we had a blast! Thanks so much Chris Evans, Hiten and everyone else involved with organising the event… It was spectacular.
I was so flattered and honoured to receive such a love review that I had to share it…
And so from the main stage back to BBC Introducing where the lovely Emma Stevens was headlining. Championed by Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, Stevens’s brand of seemingly bright and breezy indie-country-folk is lyrically astute, musically mesmeric and utterly charming. From the first note, this was a performance of a singer-songwriter destined for mainstream success and critical acclaim.The three EPs that Stevens has released feature multi-layered harmonised vocal tracks and there was a brief thought that this might not translate well a capella (so to speak) but at no point was any intensity lost and Stevens’s megawatt smile would have more than compensated if there was. Even the usually stoic sound engineer couldn’t resist nodding along to a couple of tracks, especially the beautiful ‘How to Write a Love Song’ which was introduced as a riposte to a an old boyfriend that ended their relationship on her seventeenth birthday. A real joy also was her signature track ‘A Place Called You’, which needed just a couple more people in the crowd whistling along. A more personal track, ‘Sunflower’ was also passionately performed and Stevens’s preamble was particularly affecting. It’s on her new EP and well worth seeking out. Stevens and her band sounded amazingly tight and exuded genuine sincerity towards the huddled crowd. She was by far the most professional act on the BBC Introducing bill – presenting her band by name, cheekily setting up a guitar solo and she was also the only performer to take a bow. After the set, she came out front to chat to the audience, which was a simple but telling gesture of how grounded yet grateful she surely is. She truly deserves all the success that comes her way.
By Stuart Anderson
Yesterday was AMAZING! I managed to play two festivals in one day! I now understand where the saying “livin’ the dream” comes from!
I played at Party for Patrick during the day, which is for such a wonderful and heartfelt cause – please go to http://www.patrickevansfoundation.co.uk/p4p for more information. Such a lovely warm welcome by everyone and it was great to play some of my news songs off EP3 – especially Hey Summer! Here’s a snap of Sam and me playing:
Soon after I finished playing I was whisked off by my manager to Carfest. WOW. I mean, just… WOW! I arrived and had been given my own trailer – amongst Jools Holland, Scouting for Girls and Amy MacDonald!
What an amazing day!! I am so grateful to Chris Evans for inviting me to perform my songs and the crowd were AMAZING! To be applauded for my song “Sunflower” after I spoke about the inspiration behind it – before I even began to sing was so humbling. It made it hard for me not to cry! But I got through it just fine. I just wanted to go out into the crowd and give every single person a BIG SPARKLY HUG!! To have everyone clapping during “Once” and “A Place Called You” was AWESOME! Here is my favourite shot of the day:
One of my highlights of the whole evening was being personally invited back by Chris Evans to the VIP camp sight (or should I say “glamp site!?) where I was asked to serenade everyone by the fire with Sam and a lovely girl, also called Emma!
It was a surreal and magical day and I want to say a special thank you to Sammy, of course for being, well.. Sammy! My amazingly talented guitarist! Also huge thanks to the festival organisers, to everyone behind the wonderful charity that is Children in Need, to Hitten and Chris, and Pudsey (for the hug!)
I can’t quite get over the morning I have had! BBC Radio 2.. Chris Evans Breakfast Show… I used to listen to him on my way to school every morning and only dreamt that one day I would actually be able to play my songs live in his studio on National Radio! I also had the great pleasure in meeting David Walliams… WOW! What an amazing man! Talented flautist “Simenon” joined in on my song “A Place Called You” on the second time round playing it and we had so much fun… LISTEN HERE! I start at around 1 1/2 hours into the show… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0384855
Here I am in the studio with David…
Chris Evans… YOU ARE AMAZING! After my performance I was invited to play Carfest…
SO EXCITED! http://www.carfest.org/page.cfm …
… Since the interview I have all three EP’s in the top 15 of the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts! WOW!
I want to say a massive thanks to all my friends, family and supporters out there who have been tweeting, facebooking and generally being lovely and wonderful. I can’t tell you how much it has touched my heart and how LUCKY I feel to have you all on this journey with me.
I just wanna also say a HUGE thank you to my Mum – who I just know would be SO PROUD and is shining like the angel she is right now, Pete Woodroffe, Flemming Associates, Claire Paxton-Rider, Absolute Marketing and Distribution, Alex Simpson, Dad, Ellen, and my amazing band who tour with me in my little red bug that breaks down! You have no idea how much you all mean to me!