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JOESEF returns with new single ‘Fire’, three sold-out Hoxton Hall shows and Arlo Parks support

RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE

‘FIRE’

WATCH VIDEO DIRECTED BY GREG HACKETT HERE

UK AND IRELAND OCTOBER TOUR WITH THREE-SOLD OUT HEADLINE HOXTON HALL ON 18TH, 19TH AND 20TH OCTOBER AND BARROWLANDS ON 22ND OCTOBER

SUPPORTS MERCURY PRIZE WINNER ARLO PARKS ON HER HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE ON 3RD AND 4TH NOVEMBER 

“I always write shit down when I’m feeling shite. It’s just something I’ve always done to try and see what it is that I’m screaming in my head. This song stemmed from something I’d written about wanting to burn all my stuff and move away.  I always have this image in my head that if bad things happen in one space it stays there and covers everything surrounding it. Fire is about trying to escape the emotional weight that places and people sometimes carry after too much has happened, but realising nothing ever really leaves you in the end anyway.” Says Joesef

Joesef moved from the East End of Glasgow to the East End of London after lockdown 2.0 and struggled with being in a new room, in a new house, in a new city. Writing shit down when “I’m feeling shite” has always been part of the BBC Sound of 2020 rising star’s process, and last year Joesef found himself in a rut. From pulling pints to being catapulted into the public arena in 2019 with his immaculate, critically acclaimed debut EP Play Me Something Nice, and being lauded by Sam Smith to Mark Ronson for his “sad boy bangers”, the 25-year-old was lonely and heartbroken. Trying to understand the “screaming in my head” Joesef started work on ‘Fire’, which would become the remarkable new single released today via AWAL and premiered on Clara Amfo’s BBC Radio 1 show, described as XXX. The soul Joesef is able to evoke in ‘Fire’ shows the astounding development of a self-taught artist exploring new realms with production, working with acclaimed producer Barney Lister, but always centred on the vast emotional weight of his lyricism. The stunning video, directed by Greg Hackett (Loyal Carner, Rag’n’Bone Man), captures a morbid recurring dream of Joesef’s where he buries himself and gets into his own grave, while the cinematography is inspired by the greats including Taxi Driver and Goodfellas.

WATCH ‘FIRE’ HERE

LISTEN TO ‘FIRE’ HERE 

Selling out venues across the UK and Europe, Joesef spent much of 2019 touring, including headline shows at London’s Oslo and Glasgow’s famous SWG3. This year, Joesef sold-out Glasgow’s cult, right-of-passage venue Barrowland Ballroom, and will play there to 2,000 fans on 22 October, as part of his biggest UK tour with three sold-out headlines at Hoxton Hall on 18, 19 and 20 October. Joesef was also invited to join Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning star Arlo Parks on her extensive UK tour in October, and will play Shepherds Bush Empire on 3 and 4 November.

Joesef gained critical recognition in 2019, despite only having played one show. His manager thought it would be hilarious to sell-out Glasgow venue King Tut’s for his first gig, and he did. Joesef’s wicked sense of humour enmeshed with his poignant catchy hooks stole the audience’s minds and hearts. “Music has the power to make or break me. Listening to one good song can make my entire day and make me happy for a long time,” a statement Joesef has carried to his own music making.

Not coming from a musical family, but owing his musical references to his mum’s kitchen radio, with Al Green, The Cure, and The Mamas and the Papas playing all day in the background, Joesef grew up surrounded by the community in the East End of Glasgow, where everyone knew everyone’s business. Understanding he was queer from an early age, but “the kids made fun of my trainers more than my sexuality,” he was raised to celebrate his identity and understand it. This exploration is apparent in his songwriting, having released his critically acclaimed second EP Does it Make You Feel Good? in 2020, an observation of the universal feeling of heartbreak, featuring the lauded single ‘I Wonder Why’ with Loyal Carner. Garnering over 30 Million global streams, Joesef released a cover of Sister Sledge’s iconic ‘I’m Thinking Of You,’ showing the breadth of his soul, and stylistic influence of Northern Soul ballrooms. 

Now back with ‘Fire’, Joesef is ready to take to the Barrowland Ballroom, and find his footing in London. 

HEADLINE TOUR 

FRI 8TH OCTOBER: LEEDS HEADROW HOUSE SOLD OUT

SUN 10TH OCTOBER: EDINBURGH LA BELLE ANGELE SOLD OUT

MON 11TH OCTOBER: MANCHESTER YES SOLD OUT

TUE 12TH OCTOBER: NEWCASTLE THE CLUNY

THU 14TH OCTOBER: BRISTOL THE LOUISIANA SOLD OUT

FRI 15TH OCTOBER: LIVERPOOL ARTS CLUB

SAT 16TH OCTOBER: BIRMINGHAM THE O2 SOLD OUT

MON 18TH OCTOBER: LONDON HOXTON HALL SOLD OUT

TUE 19TH OCTOBER: LONDON HOXTON HALL SOLD OUT

WED 20TH OCTOBER: LONDON HOXTON HALL SOLD OUT 

FRI 22ND OCTOBER: GLASGOW BARROWLANDS SOLD OUT

SAT 6TH NOVEMBER: BELFAST VOODOO 

SUN 7TH NOVEMBER: DUBLIN WORKMANS CLUB

ARLO PARKS SUPPORT TOUR

MONDAY 1ST NOVEMBER: BRISTOL SWX 

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER: LONDON SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER: LONDON SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER: MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 

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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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