Touring, touring and more touring! The Welsh soloist has probably lost track of where she calls home after her ‘bonkers’ non-stop year…
Where to start? Bryde has had a whopper of a year since the release of her addictive ‘Desire’. Let’s get going on the summary while we’re still young.
‘Desire’ was the Welsh girl’s final release of 2017 which was coupled with an announcement of her biggest tour to date penned for April/May 2018. The track soon received its visual accompaniment and Bryde headed to The Social, London and then Wales for her final performances of the year. She was then heard getting her Christmas on through Welsh airwaves as she recorded a live Christmas song for BBC Introducing Wales before getting into the New Year spirit on Radio Wales while performing in Berwickshire on New Year’s Eve.
January was off to a great start as ‘Desire’ was played on massive Spanish radio station LOS40 España and was included in Spotify’s Hot New Bands. As if that wasn’t enough, Bryde received the Women Make Music grant from the PRS Foundation and was nominated for Best Female Solo at the Unsigned Music Awards! To finish off an incredible month, ‘Desire’ was given a spin by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
Bryde’s next single ‘To Be Brave’ was unleashed upon the world in February which was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday and received spins from BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio, Absolute Radio and Radio Wales! Plus, it hit No. 17 in the Viral 50 in the Spotify UK chart! Bryde admirably continued her support for women by employing an all-female team to film the ‘To Be Brave’ video.
March was another crazy month for the singer. To begin, one of her earliest releases ‘Wait’ was used on the soundtrack of massive American TV series The Royals! From the old to the new, Bryde’s next single ‘Peace’ was released soon afterwards which received its first ever play from Huw Stephens on BBC 6 Music and then from Daniel P Carter on BBC Radio 1. Huw Stephens also made the track his BBC Music Introducing Tip of the Week! As a result, ‘Peace’ was played on BBC Introducing shows across the country as well as BBC 6 Music. Result! Bryde also performed live at Pirate Studios and on talkRADIO.
Meanwhile, ‘To Be Brave’ continued to spread across the airwaves and received a spin from Dan Hegerty on Ireland’s RTÉ 2fm just in time for her Irish tour. She stopped off at The Ruby Sessions, Dublin before heading to Galway, Limerick and back to Dublin. As the UK began to get jealous, Bryde hopped back for a massive UK tour stopping off at Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, Bedford and Brighton! Phew!
Bryde’s highly anticipated album Like an Island was finally released in April and entered the Official Indie Album Chart at No. 38. Track 2, ‘Less’ received a spin on BBC Radio Wales and Bryde headed to the BBC Radio 5 live studio to chat and play a version of ‘To Be Brave’.
The Like an Island album celebration show was held in May at Omeara, London and kicked off the next leg of Bryde’s massive tour stopping at Paris, Amsterdam, Ghent, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Nyon, Zurich, Austria, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Shrewsbury, Newport and Carmarthen. ‘Less’ received yet more publicity as it received a feature on UK TV staple Sunday Brunch while ‘Peace’ hit No. 2 in the Amazing Radio chart.
You’d think after all that touring Bryde would be owed a break, but she headed straight back out to play shows in Stroud, London, Berwickshire and Amiens in France! Plus she jumped on the Facebook live stream bandwagon, performing for The Independent before heading to BBC London to play more songs and chat with Gabby Roslin.
As we head into the second half of 2018, we realise that was only just the beginning. July was festival season for Bryde as she performed at Curious Arts Festival, Deershed Festival, Laundry Meadows, Latitude Festival, Leopallooza at Ynot and Standon Calling, as well as shows in Naples and London. Plus she played a BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Session with Phil Taggart!
More festivals were in store for Bryde in August including Beat & Track, 110 Above Festival and Sea Change Festival. In the meantime, the video for ‘Fast Awake’ was released and the track received its first ever radio play from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music as well as a remix from Lanterns on the Lake. Bryde headed back out to tour with The Joy Formidable stopping off in Amsterdam, Cologne, London, and Cardiff.
As the summer came to a close, Bryde’s touring schedule slowed (for now). She performed on the Discovery Stage at Bingley Music Live Festival as well as in Innerleith and at Pop-Up du Label, Paris supporting Tiny Ruins.
We didn’t have to wait long for Bryde to head back on the road, however, as October saw the beginning of yet another tour. First though, Like An Island was nominated for the annual Welsh Music Prize! (She just missed out to Boy Azooga but she’s the winner in our eyes!) Then she headed to Twisterella Festival and undertook an Amazing Radio takeover. Her next and latest single ‘On The Subject Of Breathing’ was soon after released which received a spin from trusty Huw Stephens on BBC 6 Music. Then… another tour. Bryde supported Arcane Roots stopping off in Manchester, London, Leicester, Brighton, Bristol, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Bryde played Edinburgh twice in a row, playing there again at the beginning of November before featuring on BBC Scotland and BBC Introducing Live. She went on to play Aberfeldy Festival, Milford Haven Marina and The Victoria, London, before heading out on yet another tour with Lyla Foy, stopping off at some new places: Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Tynemouth, Hull and Oxford. She also performed at Hoxton Hall, London in support of Elena from Daughter‘s first ever solo show as Ex:Re.
So far this month, Bryde performed at the Sebright Arms, London Christmas Party with Lyla Foy, Paradisia, Autumn Sherif hosted by Ginger Spice. Next week, catch her at Islington Assembly Hall on the 18th as she joins Matthew Sweet for quite possibly her last show of the year. Don’t miss her!
But enough about what we have to say, how did the Welsh singer herself find the year?
“It’s been a fairly bonkers year. ‘Desire’ was the first, early single from my debut album Like an Island which then came out in April this year. We released the lead single ‘To Be Brave’ in February and went to Dungeness for a few days to make a blustery video to accompany it. The video for ‘Less’ popped up on Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch whilst I was watching TV at my parents’ house in Wales (much excite!) We went on a 35 date tour of UK and Europe including a sold-out show at O’mera in London and Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff and that merged into festivals like Standon Calling, Boardmasters and Lattitude. We recorded a Maida Vale session for Radio 1 and then filmed the Quay Sessions for BBC Scotland and iPlayer. Been on two autumn tours supporting the awesome Arcane Roots and Joy Formidable. In October we somehow managed to put out a new track, not on the album, called ‘On the Subject of Breathing’ and I feel like it’s the sound of things to come. It’s been exhilarating and completely non-stop. Now I can’t wait to spend the first part of 2019 writing new songs. I can feel them surfacing.”