Sunday 1st March
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
Live at Jags@119, Elm Grove, Southsea
£5.00 in advance
Doors open at 7pm
7.30pm - 8.00pm MAYA LANE
8.15pm - 8.45pm AMBA TREMAIN
9.00pm - 10.30pm JOHN ADAMS
John Adams is a Singer/Songwriter/Busker hailing from Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys. With a reach in his tone to match Sam Smith and James Blunt he draws influences from the likes of honest songwriters such as James Morrison, Damien Rice and David Gray. His acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniment compliment a unique and impressive vocal ability as he earns the undivided attention of the listener by addressing them directly with emotive and heartfelt narratives.
This faithfulness to personal story is mirrored in how John came into the musical world, and continues to progress as a musician. A truly homegrown talent, he began his career busking on the streets, using the money to pay for his first release, fittingly entitled "The Pavement is My Stage". After the album reached No.3 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts in 2016 he took a leap of faith and left his job as a Mathematics Teacher.
That gamble paid off and John has gone on to support household names such as Take That, Lemar, T’Pau and Katherine Jenkins. His hard work and impressive live performance has built a strong following of 50,000 online followers, over 6 million views on YouTube and a steady 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Eager to show his progression John released his album “You Never Know Who’s Listening” in 2018 which combined his live organic sound with a minimal electronic production to make a sound that is satisfyingly different from the usual guitar wielding Singer/Songwriter. The album was very well received by fans and the music industry alike and has already accrued over 8 million plays on Spotify.
All 4 singles were playlist by the BBC and Spotify editorials with “See You Again” and “Dandelion Wishes” becoming Radio 2 favourites. He spent the year up and down the country performing at the UK’s largest festivals such as The Isle of Wight Festival, Great Escape and Victorious Festival, and his headline tour sold out in just two days from release. To end the year on a high his festive hit “Lost In Christmas” became the soundtrack for “La Feltrinelli” Christmas campaign all across Europe.
Showing no sign of writers block, John released his EP “No White Lies” this year and set out on his largest UK tour to date. “No White Lies” comes from a songwriter that sounds older, wiser and a little more aware of life around him. Continuing to marry easy melodies with strong digital rhythms he’s created a collection of songs that arrive at a sweet spot between todays pop and the traditional evocative folk he was raised on.