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Griff wins BRITs Rising Star + announces ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’ mixtape + tour

Griff announces new mixtape, ‘One Foot In Front 
Of The Other’, & UK tour dates
Winner of BRITs Rising Star 2021
Seth Meyers + Jools Holland appearances confirmed for next week
Watch ‘Black Hole’ live at Hackney Church here

Multicultural, multi-hyphenated, and multi-talented…four walls can’t confine this utterly unique teenager.”Vogue
“Griff looks every bit like pop’s bright new star…it is, quite frankly, all rather brilliant” – i-D
“A fierce and distinctive talent…perfection” Sunday Times 
“Move over Dua Lipa, because Griff is well on her way to becoming the next face of British pop” Elle

“A phenomenon…the teenage boss about to take charge of pop” NME

Newly crowned Brit-Award-winner Griff has today announced details of her brand new mixtape ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’, which will be released on Warner Music on June 11th and is available to pre-order now (bundles including merch designed by Griff are detailed on her website here). Griff has also confirmed details of her first ever UK tour, which is scheduled for late 2020: fans can access an early access tour pass when they pre-order the mixtape, with general sale commencing at 9AM on March 26th.

The twenty-year old phenomenon was announced today as the recipient of the prestigious BRITs Rising Star Award, following past winners Celeste, Sam Smith, and Adele. Initially nominated alongside Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama, this follows Griff’s shortlisting for the BBC Sound of 2021, Radio 1’s Brit List, and many more who’ve heralded Griff’s arrival among the big leagues of British Pop (including all-time hero Taylor Swift). Griff will make her US TV debut next week performing breakout new single ‘Black Hole’ on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ (March 22nd), before a newly-confirmed appearance on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ on March 26th.

‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’, in Griff’s own words, “is a collection of songs I’ve written during lockdown. It’s been weird making music in this time, not really experiencing real life, but I think what’s come out of feeling so uncertain about the future is knowing that all you can do is take another step. I’ve also produced the majority of this mixtape – I heard a stat that 2% of music producers are women, and so it feels important that as a young female in the music industry I should empower myself and continue to properly do it. It was challenging, but I hope in doing so ‘One Foot In Front of The Other’ feels like a raw, emotional and unpolished body of work.”

A truly fearless, multi-faceted talent, ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’ is a neat summery of Griff’s do-it-yourself approach to date. Born to Chinese and Jamaican parents just out of Watford, she started making music in secret whilst completing her A-Levels. Songs across the mixtape follow ‘Black Hole’ down that rabbit hole of modern teenage life, exploring big themes (young love, mental health, family and friendship) in Griff’s own distinct style. And already, Griff’s is the type of creative curiosity that draws no boundaries between making beats, designing your own clothes, or taking over Tate Modern for just her second ever London show. It’s a balancing act she walks quite literally on her beautiful new mixtape artwork, where – says Griff – “I learnt to tight-rope walk! It’s so difficult but I knew I had to get the shot and capture that feeling that you could fall at any second – because that’s how I feel at all times, and it’s what the songs on this project capture.” Trusting yourself to put ‘One Foot In The Other’ is an attitude true of this new generation of pop stars, and the next step in Griff’s incredible journey to date.


One Foot In Front Of The Other’ is available to preorder here, with bundles including personalized + signed vinyl, tape, CD, plus exclusive merch designed by Griff.

Mixtape artwork. Credit: Kerry Dean (Photo), Elizabeth Fraser-Bell (Styling)


Track-List

  1. ‘Black Hole’
  2. ‘One Night’
  3. ‘Shade Of Yellow’
  4. ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’
  5. ‘Dreams’
  6. ‘Earl Grey’
  7. ‘Walk’

Headline Tour Dates (pre-sale available now when pre-ordering the mixtape; general sale opens 10AM on 26.10.2021)

20.10.2021 || Dublin || Academy Green Room
22.10.2021 || Glasgow || King Tuts
23.10.2021 || Manchester || Deaf Institute
25.10.2021 || Birmingham || O2 Academy 3
27.10.2021 || London || Heaven

Preorder One Foot In Front Of The Other’ here
Watch live performance of ‘Black Hole’ here
Watch ‘Black Hole’ here 

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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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