ANDREW CUSHIN announces the release of his hotly anticipated debut album ‘Waiting For The Rain’

Andrew Cushin
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What springs to mind when you hear mention of Newcastle Upon Tyne? A resurgent football club, coal, brown ale, Viz comic, Alan Shearer, The Animals, Prefab Sprout, Sting, and Get Carter, maybe? To that illustrious roll call, you can now add the North East’s fastest-rising new star, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Cushin, who has already recorded with Noel Gallagher and counts Paul Weller and Sam Fender among his biggest cheerleaders.

Andrew Cushin will release his hotly anticipated debut album Waiting For The Rain, on Friday, 29th September, on the Strap Originals label. A Single 4.5% is available from Wednesday, 24th May. Listen BELOW:

Due to phenomenal demand, Andrew Cushin has added an additional show in his hometown at Newcastle’s City Hall on 16th December to his previously announced Waiting For The Rain Tour. The full list of dates is as follows:

12th Carlisle Brickyard
13th Belfast Voodoo
14th Dublin Academy 2
16th Liverpool O2 Academy2
17th Oxford O2 Academy2
18th London Scala
19th Bristol Thekla
21st Birmingham O2 Institute2
22nd Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
24th Brighton Patterns
25th Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
26th Leicester O2 Academy2
28th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
29th Leeds Wardrobe
31st Sheffield O2 Academy2
1st Glasgow St. Lukes
2nd Manchester Band On The Wall
4th Newcastle O2 City Hall (SOLD OUT)
16th Newcastle O2 City Hall

Tickets available now from and

Andrew Cushin has been announced as Special Guest on twenty-eight Arena shows across America with Louis Tomlinson (June 15th – July 29th).

Andrew grew up on a council estate in Heaton, Newcastle. His songs, delivered in a gorgeous baritone that sounds way beyond his years, are full of his experiences growing up, his lust for life, his grief at the loss of loved ones, his hopes and fears, his love and his stoicism.

The single 4.5% is a heartrending and ultimately uplifting portrayal of the everyday reality of living with addiction. Says Andrew: “It’s a song that I’m incredibly proud of and fits the narrative of the album very well. It’s the most honest personal song I have ever written and it’s both destroyed me and comforted me.”

Andrew again: “The title track, Waiting For The Rain, was the first song I’d ever written. It’s also the first song that got me a manager, a record deal and started me on this journey. It’s only fair that my debut album is named after that song, as it opened so many doors.”

Waiting For The Rain was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) and recorded at Rockfield studios in Monmouth and The Libertines Albion Rooms studios in Margate.

Andrew Cushin

The full tracklisting for Waiting For The Rain:
Let Me Give it To You
Just Like You’d Want Me To
It’s Coming Round Again
Broken Love Song
Waiting For The Rain
Wor Flags
Dream For a Moment
I Want You To Be There
You’ll Be Free
The End

Andrew Cushin released his debut single It’s Gonna Get Better (2020) followed by Waiting For The Rain (2020); ’Where’s My Family Gone’ (2021) featuring production and guitar from Noel Gallagher and in 2022, through Peter Doherty’s Strap Originals label, You Don’t Belong EP and double A Side single You’ll Be Free / Dream For A Moment.


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