Bastille have confirmed their full line-up with the amazing Dylan as Special Guest with support acts from The LaFontaines, The Spyres and Jennifer Stewart.
Dylan – whose real name is Tash Woods – at 23 years old is one of the UK’s most exciting new pop talents and she is only just at the beginning of her journey. Having had her sights set on big things since her childhood Dylan says, “My dad had me and my brother on the kitchen table from a very early age with plywood guitars, screaming to various different songs.” She also recalls “I would stand there and shout, ‘hello Wembley!’ – that’s how I started a gig with my band when I was 11 too.”
Having been destined for pop glory, the influence of more alternative sounds colours her tongue-in-cheek characterisation of herself as “a wannabe rock star in a pop star’s body”. “In my head, I’m so rock’n’roll, but I don’t look it,” she laughs. “I’m super pop! Everyone will expect something slightly more mainstream, but I’m obsessed with guitars – with the only four chords I can play.”
The persona of Dylan – so named because that’s what her dad planned to call her if she was a boy – has allowed her to step into the shoes of someone else and fake that self-assurance which helped her on the path to being one of the most relatable and sharp songwriters coming up right now.
Her candidness is part of what has already scored her praise from the likes of BBC News, The Times, NME, Rolling Stone UK, Notion, Vogue Italia, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork and BBC Introducing, a sold out debut US headline at the iconic Mercury Lounge in New York, UK support slots with Yungblud, Bastille, Ed Sheeran and an EU run with Tate McRae; inspiring an incredibly loyal and passionate fan base to form around her.
The LaFontaines fuse the guitar swagger of Kasabian with the no nonsense delivery of The Streets. Their songs pull from the same rock foundation as Twenty-One Pilots but with a working-class bravado and punk angst added to the mix. Their live shows are akin to the likes of Beastie Boys setting off fireworks after a Scottish Cup Final.
Since their official formation in April 2019, Spyres have racked up over three million streams on Spotify alone with break-out singles ‘Otherside’, ‘Fake ID’ and ‘I Don’t Care’, all receiving outpouring of radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Radio X’s Jack Kennedy, BBC Introducing Scotland’s Phoebe Inglis-Holmes and Vic Galloway. 2021 saw the Spyres make their major festival debut at Trnsmt as well as headlining the This Feeling stage at Isle Of Wight Festival.
Finally, opening the Saturday Line-up is BBC Introducing Scotland rising newcomer Jennifer Stewart. Jennifer is a distinctive new artist and singer/songwriter from Scotland. Her debut EP ‘Redlight’ is an honest self-reflective body of work detailing her struggles with self-criticism and overcoming heartbreak. Inspired by musical influences such as HAIM and Fleetwood Mac, Jennifer’s style fuses indie guitar influences, with her love of vocal harmonies and pop melodies.
Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of Grandslam Live Ltd said, “I am delighted that we can confirm the full line-up Bastille at Dundee, Slessor Gardens next summer as part of their Bad Blood X Tour. Dylan is one of the UK’s most exciting new pop talents and I am thrilled that we are able to announce her for the Dundee show as well as some great fantastic supports with The LaFontaines, Spyres and Jennifer Stewart. Having James & Razorlight kicking off the weekend on Friday 28th July and Bastille with huge a bill on the Saturday 29th July, Dundee is set for one unbelievable party weekend!”
To get tickets to see Bastille plus Special Guest Dylan, with support from The LaFontaines, Spyres and Jennifer Stewart on Saturday 29th July 2023 Dundee, Slessor Gardens or, to purchase a Sunset Live festival ticket to see James with special guests Razorlight on Friday, head over to www.ticketmaster.co.uk , www.lhgtickets.com or www.bastillebastille.com
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