Following his SOLD OUT show at the Ulster Hall in 2019, Gavin James returns with his largest headline Belfast show to date at Custom House Square on Saturday 22nd August 2020.
Gavin’s total streams are rapidly heading toward the Two Billion mark and rising, making him one of the most successful streamed acts in the world. His breakout hit single “Nervous” from his double platinum-selling debut album “Bitter Pill”, the single has gone onto go multi-platinum in several international markets. One of the most genuine and humble artists in music, Gavin released his sophomore album ‘Only Ticket Home’ (October 2018). The lead single “Always” (Mixed by Mark Ralph – Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Years and Years, Rudimental) has reached over 150 Million streams to date and is now platinum in Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal and Gold in France, Norway.
Gavin’s popularity is a just reward for such a talented and tireless musician. The son of Dublin’s best-known postman – “I’m not kidding, everyone in the city knows my dad” – and a child-minding mum, Gavin grew up surrounded by music, not all of it to his taste. His dad played Cat Stevens, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan and Van Halen round the house, his decade older brother, with whom he shared a room, relentlessly played rave. Gavin’s great grandparents were opera singers and his granddad a stand-up comedian and whistler who appeared on TV in Ireland. Performing clearly in his blood, Gavin took up guitar at 13, learning Led Zeppelin covers and forming a three-piece rock band (minus a bassist), who played gigs in skate parks. By 14, he was writing his own rock songs, which he stripped down to play on acoustic guitar with a mate. Still at school, the pair began getting their first paid gigs in pubs. Eventually, the pair went their separate ways and for four years Gavin gigged non-stop. It was only a matter of time until he was performing his own songs, 600 punters were turning up to howl back the songs to him every weekend, rather than his covers.
“It was an insane time, and fantastic practice,” he says. “It taught me how to use my voice properly and perform for tough crowds. Folk crowds were rowdy, crazy and drunk – they’d run on stage, grabbing the mic. I started going into the audience with my guitar to get them to stop. If I wasn’t such a big guy, I wouldn’t have dared.” He increased his focus on songwriting and playing and was rewarded in 2013, aged 21 when his independently released single Say Hello won the Meteor Choice Award for Song of The Year. An EP led to several of his songs become domestic radio hits.
2019 started with a sold-out World Tour and summer of Festivals across Europe, and he is currently writing for his new record due on late in 2020.
Tickets priced £27.50 + bf go on-sale Friday 31st Jan 9 am from Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide and ticketmaster.ie