As we come to the end of 2012, and with the apparent ‘end of the world’ looming today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect over the past year I’ve had, and oh my, it’s been a good one!
The year got off to a bang when I jetted off to Madrid to play some shows over there. I met some of the most wonderful people, and I think I fell in love at least four times! I also played a handful of Uk shows including the Electronic Rumors party alongside The Sound of Arrows and This Must Be Pop alongside A*M*E which were both great shows.
May saw the release of ‘Neon/Tears In The Rain’. Im still ridiculously proud of that whole package, in particular the video that I shot with Between Man & Beast. It’s my favourite visual I’ve done thus far, and perfectly captured the aesthetic I wanted for the song.
The summer was a washout in many ways, but it did bring some of the most amazing moments of my life to date. I was lucky enough to play Wireless Festival in Hyde Park alongside the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Drake, which was a dream come true. I played the official Bristol Pride afterparty later that month with Horseplay, and wow, what an experience. Quite possibly the best crowd I’ve ever played for, it was a special night. August saw London host the 2012 Olympics, and I had the honour of performing, once again in Hyde Park as part of the BT London Live celebrations, hosted around the city. This gig was the highlight of my 2012, the atompsphere, the excitement, and the pride of playing in the home city. Performing directly after Mo Farah won his 2nd Gold medal will be a moment I’ll never forget.
The end of summer brought my collaboration single with Kissy Sell Out, Manchester Pride, Broadtown Big Gig festival and an amazing performance at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, where I commandeered the Benetton store and sang for the crowds on Oxford Street.
Autum took me, yet again, away from the UK, and this time onto the bright lights of NYC for the Neon Gold/All things go CMJ showcase. The big apple didn’t disappoint and, I also had a quick pit stop in stunning Washington to meet the President ;) and perform for the lovely US folk. So much fun, and many memories.
To finish off the year, I brought you ‘Warrior’ and with every EP, must come the EP launch party! The Sebright Arms, Dalston saw me perfom Warrior live for the first time, along with a bunch of new tracks, and even a sneaky acoustic number.
And speaking of acoustic, after huge support from BBC introducing this year, I was invited to perfom live on the show, and chose to strip back ‘Warrior’ to it’s bare bones. The response was amazing, and it was nice to get recognition from the lovely folk back home! Big love!
So, thats it! Aside from some amazing parties, and features this year- The Independent, Music Week, MTV, 10 Magazine, Pop Justice, RWD Mag, Idol Mag, Notion, MuMuse, 10 Magazine it’s safe to say, I’ve crammed a lot in! I have so much to be thankful for. To everyone who has joined me along the way, thank you! I couldn’t do any of this without your support, your kind words and your dedication to me and the music.
A toast to 2012, and bring on 2013… x
All my love - have a wonderful Christmas.