Northampton-born pop singer-songwriter Billy Lockett has released his long awaited debut album Abington Grove, alongside new single and video ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.
Along with the release of his album, Billy has announced instore dates and a UK headline tour for April/May. More dates will be announced, and tickets will be available for presale Wednesday 22nd February via Billy’s patreon/newsletter, with general live sale on Friday 24th February.
‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ appears on Abington Grove, and is a message of self love and powering through the dark days. The track sees the singer-songwriter manoeuvre his rich vocals to falsetto peaks, delicately partnered against rich piano, low slung drum beats and euphoric crescendo of emotion.
‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ follows Billy’s previous single ‘Miss Missing You’ which is playlisted across BBC Radio 2 and BBC National, with the powerful video delivering a message of timeless love, featuring on MTV among others.
Expanding on ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ Billy explains “This song is about muting the constant voice in your head telling you that you’re not good enough. It’s about self-love and realising that doing your best is enough and you are enough. Since writing this song I’ve used this as a mantra for my life, it’s really helped me personally. Hopefully, it helps others too.”
Speaking about the music video for his new track Billy adds that it “goes through a few pinnacle moments in my life where I struggled: parents splitting up, playing on my own a lot, exams, etc. The team and cast were incredible at finding kids that looked exactly like me, it brought back a lot of tough memories and even the BTS clip made my mum cry so I think we’re onto a winner with this one. The twist at the end is pretty great too, this is probably my best music video yet.”
Abington Grove is the debut that has been over a decade in the making. “Every song is a different piece of my life,” Billy says “whether that’s involving love, addiction, self-doubt, or euphoria…building this body of work has been my therapy, and I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud of anything.”
Named after the street he grew up on, Billy started working on the album following his father’s death, writing the songs in the cellar of their old house. What has come to fruition is a collection of incredibly considered and powerful pop songs, spanning piano ballads, electro tinged masterpieces and every emotive idiosyncrasy in between.
Having supported the likes of Lana Del Ray, Lewis Capaldi, Birdy, and KT Tunstall, Billy Lockett has rubbed shoulders with the stars while amassing over 140 million collective streams and tens of thousands of fans across the globe for his powerful and emotive songwriting spanning a myriad of genres. Last year he played a packed-out headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.
BILLY LOCKETT 2023 INSTORE DATES + UK TOUR DATES
Mon 17 Apr – Rough Trade Nottingham
Weds 19 Apr – Rough Trade East, London
Thurs 20 Apr – Rough Trade Bristol
Weds 26 Apr – Sheffield, Leadmill Steel Stage
Thu 27 Apr – Manchester, Manchester Academy 3
Fri 28 Apr – Brighton, Patterns
Sun 30 Apr – Bournemouth, Canvas
Wed 3 May – Oxford, The Bullingdon
Thu 4 May – London, Cadogan Hall
Sat 6 May – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3
Sun 7 May – Newcastle, The Cluny