Sat Jun 4 2022
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Barny Fletcher has today announced details of his first headline London show, which will take place at Courtyard Theatre on November 6th. This follows hot on the heels of new single ‘The Wave’, which introduces Barny’s forthcoming second mixtape 'BOZO' (due for release on October 18th). Having won widespread acclaim for debut project 'CANVAS2033', and played his first ever live shows across the summer at the likes of Benicassim, Radio 1's Big Weekend, Reading & Leeds and Lollapollooza, Barny’s London debut is surely not to be missed.
'The Wave' was inspired by the idea of being submerged at sea, but - in its brooding, winningly awkward take on the transatlantic, late-night R&B of The Weeknd - appears in fact to be a disarmingly candid account of being submerged in love. If it's hard to talk about, musically (at least) this is another hugely accomplished left-turn from Barny Fletcher, a still-just-21-year old whose talents, even in these quieter moments, still speak loud and clear.
Few new artists make modern chaos sound as fun as Barny Fletcher. On just one mixtape, 'CANVAS2033' - Fletcher proved himself able to move between a kaleidoscopic mix of styles (hip-hop, R&B, disco) whilst barely losing breath. The EP garnered support from all corners with support from Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6Music and Radio 1 BBC Introducing playlist. With early collabs ranging from DJ Shadow and Cadenza to Karma Kid and Ratboy, beneath the music lies a fascinating success story for Barny. He grew up in a small Somerset village to a photographer father, filmmaker mother, and very little else to occupy his hyperactive nature other than an eclectic record collection; which spanned, variously, everything from the storytelling of Rodriguez and the skits of old-school Eminem to avant-garde humourists Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
From the world's-gone-mad surreality of 'Christ Flow', the stars have begun to align for Barny Fletcher - and it's his inbuilt positivity, energy and humour on the absurdity of the everyday that continues on his forthcoming second project. More experimental in places and - on moments like 'The Wave' - affecting in others, 'BOZO' is a knowingly playful but deadly-serious statement of intent from UK pop's future star.
Sat Jun 4 2022 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM