The Cockpit will see some serious home-grown talent grace its stage this month as one of the most talked about up-and-comers hits the road for a short UK tour.
Yorkshire’s own Hannah Trigwell has been making a name for herself as a seriously promising singer/songwriter for the past three years, since her début EP, Hold My Heart, was released in 2010. Since then she has released several more EPs and 2014 will see the release of a brand new one.
However, Trigwell has grafted hard to get to where she is now. As we sit in Starbucks in Leeds city centre, she tells me of the road travelled to get her signed to a label. “Seeing Boyce Avenue posting videos on YouTube, I thought I could try that. I saw a lot of people busking on the streets of Leeds and I wanted to try that. Seeing other people doing it, it looked like so much fun so I wanted to have a go.
“I was busking at the same time that I started putting videos (on YouTube), and then saved up the money that I got from busking to make the EPs. “Then, my now manager, about three years ago, was buying a turkey for Christmas and was walking from M&S and saw me busking. She obviously saw something because she came to the next gig I had – she hadn’t managed anyone before but that’s worked really well for me because it’s been a learning curve for both of us, but we’ve managed to form a really good working relationship through that.” After two years of posting videos, the Puetro Rican-American band Boyce Avenue happened across one.
“They asked me to support them on tour,” Hannah recalls. “And then I supported them the year after.
“It seems really coincidental now when I talk about it. They attract a really nice range of a crowd: a lot of different ages and a lot of people that listen to different music. They sound really good on tour and I remember the first time I saw them and they made such a massive sound, so it was like ‘Wow, I need to step up my game!’
“But I toured with them in September and I just felt like I should be there and should be playing. I didn’t feel too amateurish compared to them.”
January 18, The Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds, 7pm, £8. www.lunatickets.co.uk