After last week's triumphant show at London's Kings College, Oxford's twenty-year-old musician Lewis Watson can now confirm that he'll support Benjamin Francis Leftwich on his upcoming tour. The duo are integral figures in a growing movement of talented young singer-songwriters such as Ben Howard and Jake Bugg.
Backed by almost 60,000 subscribers at YouTube where his videos have received 5.5 million views, Lewis Watson will follow the shows with Benjamin Francis Leftwich by embarking upon a new headline tour in which he performs at cities and towns which weren't covered by his recent successful tour.
This summer will also see Lewis Watson perform at festivals including Bestival, Live at Leeds, Great Escape and Camp Bestival.
A new video for Lewis Watson's song 'It Could Be Better' has also been launched. The visually engaging clip follows Scottish illustrator Lucy MacLeod as she crafts a stunning portrait of him. 'It Could Be Better' features on Lewis Watson's third EP 'The Wild' which will be released on Tuesday. Its lead track 'Into The Wild' shows how his sound has matured from stripped-down singer-songwriter material to a full band production which neatly contrasts delicate verses with an expansive hook. The track has already received radio support from ZaneLowe, Annie Mac and Sarah Cox at Radio 1, and at XFM where 'Into The Wild' was a recent Drivetime Record of the Week.
Lewis Watson first came to prominence when his debut EP 'It's Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW' topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna and Ed Sheeran. His second EP 'Another Four Sad Songs' continued his rise to prominence as publications including The Independent, The Sun, the Daily Mailand the Daily Star all listed him as one of their top tips for 2013. His growing stardom has also seen him play gigs and achieve impressive chart positions in the States and Australia.
May - with Benjamin Francis Leftwich
18th - Norwich, UEA
19th - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20th - Glasgow, O2 ABC
21st - Newcastle, Northumbria University
22nd - Birmingham, The Institute, The Library
23rd - London, Forum
June - headline dates
1st - Swansea, Sin City
2nd - Newport, Le Pub
3rd - Liverpool, East Village Arts Club
4th - Carlisle, Brickyard
5th - Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
7th - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
8th - Stockton, Georgian Theatre
9th - Sheffield, Lantern Theatre
10th - Manchester, Sound Control
11th - Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
13th - Leicester, Scholar
14th - Bath, Moles
16th - Yeovil, Carling Suite
17th - Exeter, Cavern
19th - Guildford, Boileroom
20th - Oxford, O2 Academy 2
21st - Colchester, Arts Centre