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Music star John Newman poised to perform gig at Settle
11:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
Rising pop star John Newman could start his nationwide tour with a “dress rehearsal” event in his home town of Settle.
Agents of the former Settle College pupil, who released his debut solo single in May, were due to met officials from the town’s Victoria Hall this week.
And, providing terms are agreed, John is expected to perform at the venue on October 4 in front of an audience made up of press, his family and other UK agents with a number of tickets available for fans. It would enable the band to try out the sound and lighting.
Victoria Hall manager Ann Harding said: “It is a different type of concert for the Victoria Hall to host, and considerably more complex than anything we have done before, but, if I am comfortable that we can fulfil the expectations of John and the agents, provide the required level of management and control, and work very much in equal partnership then we'd be delighted to have this great event here.
“The discussions may pave the way for other contemporary acts to use Victoria Hall as a 'dress rehearsal' gig, as we did with Martin Stephenson earlier this summer.
“We've already had Midge Ure this year, and we've got Brian May in November, but to have John Newman in his own home venue would be the cherry on top of a great year.”
Settle-born John was the “toast of the town” last summer when he was the featured singer on Rudimental’s song Feel the Love, which made it all the way to number one in the UK Singles Chart.
Not Giving In, Rudimental’s follow-up single that also featured John’s singing talents, peaked at number 14.
John started playing and writing music when he was 14 and later secured a place at the Leeds College of Music. At the age of 20, he moved to London where he signed with Island Records before achieving success with Rudimental.