SLOW hitmaker Rumer is on the fast track to superstardom - and she’s coming to Sheffield, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The British singer songwriter, real name Sarah Joyce, has the velvet tones of a 21st century Karen Carpenter and has been described as one of the most exciting new talents of the moment.
She is at Sheffield City Hall on Saturday, November 12. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3, at 9am.
Seasons Of My Soul, her debut album, has sold over half a million copies in the UK alone and produced four singles, inclduing Radio Two single of the week, Slow.
Balancing work on new material, her summer schedule will see the release a new single, Take Me As I Am, on July 5.
She will also return to Glastonbury, where she performed on the tiny Greenpeace stage last year and will now play a huge show at the Pyramid stage, on June 25.
Additional festival slots are confirmed at Hard Rock Calling, on June 26, Latitude, July 16, Cambridge Folk Festival, July 30, on top of a headline iTunes Festival.
Rumer has built up an extensive live following, in London alone selling out The Royal Festival Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Notting Hill’s Tabernacle and The Bloomsbury Theatre.
She was support to pal Jools Holland last year but she will now return to headline the venue, capping an astonishing 12 months, which included two Brit Award nominations.
Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, the 31-year-old’s stage name was inspired by the author Rumer Godden.
She is Supported by leading music industry figures including Burt Bacharach, Jools Holland and Elton John.
Noew comes news of her biggest UK tour to date, beginning at Blackpool’s Opera House on November 10. The nationwide trek will also take in stops including Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and Sheffield, before concluding with a huge show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 22.
The November tour comes a year to the month of her debut album’s release.
* Rumer 2011 dates and ticket information - on sale Friday, June 3, 9am:
Blackpool Opera House, Thursday, November 10, call 01253 292029; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Friday, November 11, call 08444 999 990; Sheffield City Hall, Saturday, November 12, call 0114 278 789.
Newcastle City Hall, Sunday, November 13, call 0191 261 2606; Manchester Apollo, Tuesday, November 15, 0844 477 2000; Ipswich Regent Theatre, Wednesday, November 16, 01473 433 100; Portsmouth Guildhall, Thursday, November 17, 023 9282 4355.
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion, Friday, November 18, 01424 787 949; Cardiff St David’s Hall, Saturday, November 20, 02920 878 444; Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Sunday, November 21, 0115 989 5555; London Royal Albert Hall, Monday, November 22, 0207 589 8212.