Casey Lowry :: Academy 2 Dublin
MCD proudly presents
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
The Academy 2
Tickets from €12.50 incl booking fee on sale Friday 7th June at 9am from Ticketmaster
Casey Lowry announces headline show at The Academy 2
Growing up in Chesterfield, a place now populated by “lads in tight tops with tattoos”, Casey was an outgoing outcast: a class clown who chose to shift his focus to music as a teenager because, in his own words, “it was all [he] could really do”. His mum respected that in her own way, convincing Casey to play clarinet from the age of six (“I wanted to play sax but my hands weren’t big enough”), before letting him jump onto the guitar at age 11. By this time he was eighteen, he’d achieved his childhood musical dream, and reached grade eight level on his trusty clarinet, as well as the saxophone and piano.
But BRIT School kid, he was not. During this in-between stage, while he played in a band he formed with his schoolmates that played in “old man pubs”, he started writing his own solo material. Little did he know that a tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating track about having a little “member” – one he wrote when he was 14 – would later make him well known. ‘Trampoline’, his breakout banger and a fan favourite, wound up on Radio 1’s playlist, and racked up half a million streams when it was formally released five years later.
Soon after that moment, Casey moved to London with his sights set on making his name in the music world; his path the kind of underdog narrative you’d consider a cliché if it wasn’t how this outsider's story worked out. He arrived in London, young, naive and playing low-key solo shows. Before long, he found himself facing a flurry of interest from the kind of industry bigwigs that never really found themselves in Chesterfield. Now part of First Access Entertainment’s growing Record Label roster (alongside bubbling pop talents like Madison Beer and Kara Marni), he’s finally able to make his ambitions a reality on his own terms.
His debut EP Beach Blue, released at the tail-end of last year, spins tropical electronic sounds with the sing-a-long vibes of guitar guys like Ed Sheeran and George Ezra with a dizzying and fun effectiveness. ‘Blank Face’ is one of its highlights: a song Casey wrote about a French girl he was seeing who never understood his British sentence of humour. “You didn’t get me, or my English,” he sings, dipping into French before unveiling the songs catchy chorus breakdown.
Rest assured, as long as there’s a stage for Casey Lowry to play on, this humble and good-humoured young performer will be keeping guitar pop fresh and exciting for years to come.
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