Mon, May 1, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY
This event is 18 and over
This show has been moved from Mercury Lounge. All tickets purchased for the Mercury Lounge show will be honored.
There is a 4 ticket per household limit, any tickets purchased over the limit will be refunded. Delivery of tickets will be delayed until 04/10/17
Post-Show Happy Hour in the Lower Level Loungehttp://www.boweryballroom.com/event/1447139/
“People are telling me I’m a man but I so often still feel like a child. But at the same time I feel like my personal relationships have progressed and I’m wiser. So it’s really about that feeling of being in between stages and grappling with getting older. It’s about questioning why we need to grow up. I don’t know what’s happening and I wonder if anyone else does.”
The release of his UK Top 40 album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ was met with widespread critical acclaim. In The Guardian’s 4-star review of the record, the title track was described as “beautifully moving”, with the Evening Standard citing the album as “bold and cutting edge”. New EP ‘Mind The Gap’, out late 2016 and featuring 5 new tracks, serves as an epilogue to ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’; a continuation and closure of themes explored on his debut album.
Hits from his debut album such as ‘Bloodsport’ and the top 40 single ’Stronger Than Ever’ have meant Ritchie, real name Jacob Anderson, has amassed a passionate fan base, and his music has recently hit over 60 million streams online to date.
This enthusiastic reaction to his work might go some way to explaining how he went from playing free shows at Dalston’s Birthdays to selling out The O2 Forum in such a short space of time.
“I love punk and rock bands and the freedom and unpredictable energy they have so I try and emulate that. I lose my shit a bit.”
His live shows this year were met with critical praise also, as Ritchie embarked on his sold-out UK tour. The Independent compared him to a British Frank Ocean and highlighted that his “exuberant energy mesmerizes crowds”. As well as his headline tour, Raleigh Ritchie played show-stopping performances at Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading and Boardmasters Festivals this summer - all of which saw over-capacity crowds at his stage, desperate to catch a glimpse of him live.
Other artists are getting on board, too. He’s already been invited on tour with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and George Ezra.
Ritchie performed fan favourite ‘Stronger Than Ever’ on BBC 1’s The Graham Norton show earlier this year - he delivered a powerful and arresting performance which saw him backed by a live string section alongside his band. His other singles, the epic string-laden pop of ‘Never Better’ or the synth-led ‘Keep It Simple’ (which includes an appearance from grime star Stormzy) all help give a sense of the kaleidoscopic feel of his work.
Working with a hot roster of producers has helped Ritchie develop his unique vision. His acclaimed collaborators include Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar), Chris Loco (Kwabs), Mike Elizondo (Dr.Dre/Eminem) and DJ Dahi (Drake). But it is his relationship with Justin Broad & Paul Herman (Eminem, Emeli Sande, Izzy Bizu) that has most shaped Ritchie’s sound.
“Paul was one of the first people who gave me a session when I was 17. Justin was his engineer at the time and a few years ago he started to produce himself. I write lyrics and melodies and they produce. Then it’s a back and forth. They are the people that I trust the most in music. I can talk to them about anything – really personal stuff - and they won’t judge me. The kind of music I’ve been making has been honed with them. It’s a difficult process to describe. They’re producers but they’re also friends.”
And Ritchie is certainly making a lot of friends in the business these days. Chase & Status, Craig David, Troye Sivan, Alessia Cara, Labrinth, and Emeli Sande have all come out as fans on social media, and Lily Allen even covered him in Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
Something of a renaissance man, Raleigh Ritchie is involved in many strands of the arts. From writing and directing to acting Raleigh Ritchie appears to be able to do it all. Currently playing Grey Worm in Game of Thrones while continuing to work on his music, Raleigh Ritchie has only just begun.
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002