Bessie Turner
Chris Driver

Bessie Turner has jam-packed her year with gigs, festivals, releases and meeting her heroes.

One whole year ago, the incredible Bessie Turner, residing in Ipswich, released her third single ‘Words You Say’ which earned thousands of streams on Spotify in the first month, as well as places on Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Six Strings and Alt. Rocked. playlists. She could also be heard playing live on BBC Radio Suffolk.

In the November, Bessie’s badassery was finally honoured as she featured on Spotify’s ‘Badass Women’ playlist and she was also given a spin on BBC Radio 2 by Zoe Ball. Nearing December, Bessie played in Ipswich, London and finished off the year with a bang by performing a live Christmas set at BBC Maida Vale Studios for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Music Introducing.

To kick off 2018, Bessie was included on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Recommends show and playlist and ‘Words You Say’ hit a whopping 100,000 plays on Spotify! She subsequently performed an acoustic session for Lamacq before heading to perform live at Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, London and Colchester.

Bessie’s next single ‘In My Room’ received a world premiere by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. This particular track was written when I was 19 years old and in a bit of a hole”, she stated on Facebook, so she admirably donated all the profits from the single to mental health charity Mind.

‘In My Room’ also received plays from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Zoe Ball on BB Radio 2 as she embarked a German tour, stopping off at Dortmund, Göttingen, Münster and Offenbach. Back home in March, Bessie performed at the famous The Finsbury Pub in London ahead of the release of ‘In My Room’. As if that wasn’t enough, ‘Words You Say’ was chosen by the one and only PALE WAVES as one of ten songs on their BBC Music Introducing and SXSW playlist, she was invited by Huw Stephens to play at The Social, London.

April was a big month for Bessie as she finally released her highly-anticipated debut EP 22:22 and sold out her hometown EP launch show. She went on to perform in London and Cambridge, and sold out shows in Norwich and Lancaster. BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk also presented a segment focussed around her EP.

July was another busy month as she performed at Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds ahead of headlining the BBC Music Introducing stage at Latitude Festival and appeared on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show. She finished off the month playing a sold-out show at Camden Assembly with The Howl & The Hum as well as Truck Festival.

Continuing her festival headlining streak, Bessie headlined the BBC Music Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August, and played Mansion on the Moon, Ipswich which featured mega acts The Libertines and Tom Grennan. Highlighting her selfless side once again, September saw her perform a charity event at Played Epic Studios, Norwich with Let’s Eat Grandma and Fay from Savages.

This month so far, Bessie has played with Rubber Jaw at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester and has appeared on BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk.

Tomorrow, Bessie is releasing her next single ‘Nino’ and she will be embarking on her first UK tour with Palace Winter later in the month. Keep an eye out, she’s coming to a town near you!