Blossoms blooming at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Blossoms, currently topping the UK album charts with their debut record, are heading out on a major UK headline tour in November and December.

The end-of-year trek, which includes a stop at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 13 December 2016, will follow upcoming appearances at Reading and Leeds Festival, Festival No.6, and an Autumn tour that includes a sold-out show at O2 Forum Kentish Town.

Tickets for the November/December gigs go on sale on 17 August.


With a name taken from a pub on the 192 bus route to Manchester, Blossoms were formed in 2013 by five childhood friends all born in Stockport’s Stepping Hill hospital: guitarist Josh Dewhurt, keyboard player Myles Kellock, bassist Charlie Salt, drummer Joe Donovan, and singer Tom Ogden.

Setting up a rehearsal space in a warehouse owned by of Salt’s granddad, the five musicians began working on the songs that would eventually make up their debut album.

“All the songs are very personal to me as they’re about my relationships,” says Ogden. “I tend to write my best lyrics when I’m miserable and heartbroken, but placing that over music that’s very melodic, very pop, but with our own strange twist.”

Drawing comparisons to bands like Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, and The Doors, ‘Blossoms’ was recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool with producers Rich Turvey and The Coral’s James Skelly.

“James has been really important for us,” says Ogden. “He can listen to one of our songs and instinctively know what bits to push forward. He’s got an amazing ear for a good pop melody. He just brings out our best, and makes it a little bit weird in the mix as only he can. Being fans of The Coral anyway, having him produce our debut album is a perfect marriage.”


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