Lewis Capaldi

20 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
THIS is the moment Lulu covered one of Lewis Capaldi’s hit tracks. The legendary Scots singer was performing for thousands of revellers at Rewind Festival in Perth. Lulu covered the track at Rewind She headlined the main stage on Saturday night after performances from Paul Young and Eddi Reader. And it was her rendition of Someone You Loved that got the crowd buzzing. Lewis Capaldi hits back in feud with Noel Gallagher – by appearing on stage in Chewbacca mask Pacing across the stage in signature fashion, Lulu pulled off the huge notes with ease. She can be heard shouting “come on” as the crowd join in with Capaldi’s biggest hit. She’s not the first to cover Lewis’ amazing track And thousands give the Scot a standing ovation as she finishes the soulful ballad. Foreigner are set to cap off the night before Bryan Ferry headlines the stage tomorrow. Lulu performed in Perth [bc_video video_id=”6058393502001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Lewis Capaldi spotted at Mad Cool Festival with Noel Gallagher’s daughter Anais as feud continues”] But Lulu isn’t the first Scot to perform a stunning rendition of Capaldi’s tune. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers had fans dancing with their unique version of the track. The Scottish piping group revealed a video of themselves perfroming in soundcheck on Facebook. [article-rail-topic title=”RELATED STORIES” term_id=”9824″ posts_number=”12″ /] And it seemed to go down well, with music fans lauding the performance. Lewis jetted off to Ibiza this week after pulling off a sublime TRNMST gig. He ‘felt like Freddie Mercury’ as he got the crowd to shout ‘s****bag’ and ‘f***y’. [bc_video video_id=”6059281492001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Moment two girls scale 15ft TRNSMT merch stall to watch Lewis Capaldi set”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
20 Jul 19
LooMee TV

Nach monatelanger freundlicher Zwietracht sind Lewis Capaldi und Noel Gallagher endlich aufeinandergetroffen. Und wie haben sich die beiden Musiker verhalten? Capaldi erzählte gegenüber „BBC Scotland“: „Ich habe ihn getroffen. Ich habe ihn tatsächlich beim Mad Cool Festival getroffen. Ich gab ihm eine große Umarmung und flüsterte ihm ins Ohr: ‚Alles wird gut werden!‘ Er hat […]

20 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
BUCKFAST fans are convinced the tonic firm are launching a 2L bottle after teasing a “big announcement” was coming soon. Bucky bosses unveiled on social media they are about to drop an exciting new bombshell leaving punters desperate for answers. A new announcement is coming Buckfast’s sales manager, Stewart Wilson, took to Twitter to hint about exciting new plans. He posted a picture of a large bottle with a “share the secret” label sending fans into a frenzy. Punters were quick to make their guesses in a frantic bid to find out what the announcement could be. Glasgow restaurant launches BUCKFAST SAUCE – and it’s the perfect side for kebabs, chicken and steaks One said:” You’re finally selling your product in the US and I don’t have to have it shipped in illegally?” Another added: “Announce 2lt bottles.” Someone else guessed: “Buckfast dark fruits.” Fans are desperate for answers Another joke: “In primary schools instead of milk.” While someone else predicted: “Buckfast energy juice.” Fans are on the edge of their seats to find out what the iconic Scottish beverage will serve up next. One drinker said: “Lol some buzz waiting on the announcement.” Another agreed: “Wont sleep tonight now.” We told earlier how Scots booze brand Vhenomenal recently launched a new Buckfast Dark Fruits Flavour. Lewis Capaldi reveals his favourite drink is BUCKFAST and that he loves boozing Glasgow Turkish restaurant also got their hands on the tonic’s iconic flavour as they served Buckfast and Tennent’s sauce on kebabs. Another Glasgow restaurant joined in on the trend and they launched an ultimate Scottish pizza for National Buckfast Day – with tonic wine, Irn-Bru, haggis and tattie scones. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”76″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Buckfast sales hit all-time high as staggering £45m of potent tonic wine sold – thanks to Caribbean boost. It comes as Scots have been downing an extra 3,600 bottles of Buckfast a day since minimum pricing as sales of tonic wine soar by £5million. The world famous tipple even caught the attention of skateboard legend Tony Hawk after Scots lad’s mum gave him a miniature. [bc_video video_id=”5573558376001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Boozy Scot caught downing two bottles of Buckfast in under 20 seconds on Magaluf holiday”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
20 Jul 19
Speeeedy EDM Blog

Tracklist: 01. Tiësto – WOW (Intro Edit) [MUSICAL FREEDOM] 02. Afrojack – It Goes Like [WALL] 03. ID – ID 04. Tiësto & DallasK – Show Me [MUSICAL FREEDOM] w/ Green Velvet & Harvard Bass – Lazer Beams (Acappella) [RELIEF] w/ The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin Beats (Acappella) [ASTRALWERKS] w/ Skytech & Tommy Jayden – Looking At Me [CYB3RPVNK] 05. WILL […]

19 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
FORMER River City star Gary Lamont believed his career was ready to be given its last rites after he quit the soap – when he started conducting funerals. The 35-year-old actor, who played camp hairdresser Robbie Fraser for eight years, moved to London after quitting Shieldinch in 2017. Gary Lamont started conducting funerals after leaving River City But he felt he had made a grave mistake when he needed to become a civil celebrant to make ends meet. Gary, who has now officiated over 30 funerals in the capital, says: “I must admit by the third one I thought to myself, ‘What the hell am I doing this for?’ Lewis Capaldi branded ‘a d**k’ by ex-Taggart and River City star Colin McCredie in Twitter outburst “But when I moved to London, I soon discovered it’s very expensive and you have to get busy quickly.” The telly favourite bowed out of the soap two years ago when he ran away with 90s pop group Steps. Singer Claire Richards even made a cameo appearance, when she arrived in Shieldinch looking for a new hairdresser for the band. And although the work offers haven’t exactly flooded in, Gary insists he’s still happy he took the leap of faith. He explains: “If I wanted a steady pay cheque I would have stayed at River City forever. It’s a big wake-up call when you make break “I’m not going to lie though, it was a big wake-up call when you make that break and leave as everyone thinks you’re a multi-millionaire just because you’ve been on the telly. “People were always asking ‘Have you been working?’, but apart from corporate events and my own stage shows, the truth is no, I haven’t.” On advice of a pal, Gary tried his hand at conducting funerals. He says: “I have a friend in Scotland who is a humanist celebrant and she thought I’d be great at it. “So I trained to become a civil celebrant and very quickly started doing funerals because weddings are booked too far in advance and I didn’t want to wait. Gary’s character went off to be a hairdresser for Steps Gary with co-star Scott Ryan Vickers “Weddings basically take two years to organise, but funerals are a two week turn around, which sounds horrendous, but it’s true. I’ve done about 30 plus in the last year and a bit. “The first one I did in West London was for a Scottish widower. I thought ‘Oh no, I’m totally rumbled here’, but thankfully he had lived in England for 35 years so didn’t have a clue who I was. “Essentially what it boils down to is being good with people and I like to think I am. That’s essential as the families are going through a horrific time. “I think that a celebrant is actually a bit of a welcome relief in amongst all the hell that they’re going through. They want to share the deceased’s life stories with me. So you have empathy and compassion for them but you can’t take on board their grief, or you’d never get your work done. He says Graham Norton gave him great career advice “But weirdly, writing up the scripts then officiating it, is like a really messed up stage performance because you have to stand up and deliver it.” His stint performing services for the last 14 months has now formed the basis of his new touring stage show Fancy A Stiff One? The cheeky title was actually the suggestion of his BBC chat show host buddy Graham Norton. He says: “Graham has been a friend for the last three years. He regularly invites me to go and see his show being taped. Gary doesn’t regret leaving the steady work behind “I was at the Madonna one in June when she was being an absolute monster and acting all awkward with Sir Ian McKellen. But Graham took it all in his stride. He’s been doing it for a long time and is a total professional.” Gary, who was raised in Glasgow’s Castlemilk district by folks Grace and John, adds: “He also took me to see Take That in May at London’s O2 with Dawn Steele. “I’ve been her friend since she joined River City four years ago and we’ve always stayed in touch. “We had a glass of wine with Lulu in her dressing room, as she was performing Relight My Fire with the boys. She was brilliant. I was a wee bit embarrassed as I used to sing her songs on stage. “But she looks and sounds incredible and has more energy than many 30-year-olds I know.” But the Scot reveals how the 56-year-old Irishman — recently revealed as one of the BBC’s top earners on £610,000 a year — also gave him a career pep talk. He says: “When I left River City I did think ‘right what the hell am I going to do now?’ and that’s when I thought about doing a comedy stage show, but I was loathe to call it stand-up, as I’m not a comedian. “But then Graham told me he started as an actor, then did stand-up. “He gave me a really good bit of advice — ‘relax — you’re just telling stories. That’s all you’re doing. It’s conversational. So just be yourself.’ “So I took his advice and that’s what I do. Get up there and be myself.” [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”76″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Another super famous pal is Game Of Thrones and Bodyguard hunk Richard Madden, below. The pair shared a two-bedroom tenement in Glasgow’s Garnethill after graduating from drama school. He says: “I lived with Richard’s girlfriend at the time, so he moved in for a while, then went to London just as Game Of Thrones kicked off. Richard is massively talented. From the start he was turning stuff down as he said no to an E4 comedy. I was thinking ‘I’d kill for that’. But he always had this amazing foresight of going for bigger and better. But I loved the look on his face when he won at the Golden Globe this year — it was as if he couldn’t believe he was there. He’s the biggest thing from Scotland since Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy.” However Gary’s own career is far from being six feet under as he’s currently back in Scotland filming a major TV series this summer, which has forced him to cancel his stint at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Single Gary says: “I’ve had to pull out of the Fringe, but everyone who has bought tickets will get a full refund. It clashed with my filming schedule. I’m sworn to secrecy about what it is, but it is funny that I move to London and my first big job is back home.” And he joked: “So I’m not dying on my a**e just yet.” matt.bendoris@the-sun.co.uk [bc_video video_id=”6061585999001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”BBC and ITV unveil plans for BritBox streaming service to challenge Netflix and Amazon”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
19 Jul 19
Ramblings of a Wildcard

I’m back with another playlist of songs that I’m jamming hard to! Some are new(ish), some have been around forever. It’s not the most cohesive list, but they all make me crank up the volume! Halfway Right – Linkin Park (“All you said to do was slow down, but I was already gone…”) Reflections* – […]

19 Jul 19
News Archives Uk

Ed Sheeran has led the British albums and singles charts this week after releasing his new album No 6 Collaborations Project. The album sold the rest of the Top 30 albums together and is the fastest selling album of the year so far. It generated 125,000 sales from 57,000 physical sales, 18,000 downloads and 70.2 […]

19 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

Author image Official chart company Image caption The star has both the number one and the number one of the album Ed Sheeran staged another card acquisition with his n. 6 Collaborations Project. The album, which contains duets with Bruno Mars and Camila Cabello, topped the charts with sales of 125,000, more than the rest […]

19 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
LEWIS Capaldi has joked he uses internet porn as a substitute for love while discussing the meaning behind his song lyrics. The cheeky star, 22, has been soaking up the sunshine in Ibiza during a rare break from touring. Lewis Capaldi has joked about using internet porn And he’s been snapped with multiple bikini-clad women lining up to meet him. So it seems unlikely that the Scots singer, who’s scored the fastest-selling album of 2019 so far, is short of female admirers. Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer shares loved-up pic with girlfriend at Lewis Capaldi TRNSMT gig But he has opened up about feeling lonely while talking about the lyrics behind number one smash hit Someone You Loved. It’s the latest in his hilarious, yet honest, admissions about life as a single lad. The Scots singer was snapped with bikini-clad beauties in Ibiza He said: “I get lonely but not as much as everyone else. I’m very fortunate that internet porn exists, so I’m all good. “All my band and crew have girlfriends, boyfriends and husband back at home. That kinda distance from them would be more upsetting than just being single. “I miss my parents and friends and stuff but I don’t have this person who I’m trying to cultivate a romantic relationship with while I’m half way across the world. “I feel more for them in that respect although they probably feel for me. Internet porn is a substitute for love.” Lewis was chatting about his soul-baring lyrics to Genius, a media company which explains the deeper meaning behind music. The firm boasts almost six million YouTube subscribers – with their Lewis clip racking up more than 50,000 views in less than 24 hours. [article-rail-topic title=”RELATED NEWS” term_id=”9863″ posts_number=”6″ /] The humble star said: “I never thought I’d be in a position where someone was asking me about my lyrics. “I would never have thought it would have got as mental as it got but I’m f***ing glad it has because I need to move out of my mum and dad’s house, so hopefully we can do that at some point.” We told earlier how Lewis joked the new FaceApp makes him look like ‘Paul McCartney if he was really ill’. It comes after the star was branded a “d**k” by Taggart legend Colin McCredie. [bc_video video_id=”6059110721001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”TRSNMT 2019: Lewis Capaldi hits back in feud with Noel Gallagher by appearing on stage in Chewbacca mask”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
19 Jul 19
Little Dose Of Indie

Here are some of the recent song releases we’ve been enjoying at LDOI. All songs featured can be found in the Spotify playlist linked at the bottom of the page (updated daily). What I Know – Disbanded Toe-tapping beat, catchy lyrics and fuzzy guitar – ‘What I Know’ tells a narrative of change and destruction, […]

19 Jul 19
Vents Magazine

A self-confessed Professional Sadboy, JC Stewarthas had a summer to smile about. His recent single ‘Have You Had Enough Wine?’ earned Radio 1 plays from Scott Mills, in their Best New Pop Show and was named one of their best new pop songs of June, as well as praise from Niall Horan. And his live profile is exploding too, following a show with Lauv and not to mention the […]

19 Jul 19
Now That's What I Call...NOW!

In the 1960s, before The Beatles released self-penned pop songs and sold them to the public by waggling their moptopped heads, official soundtracks to Hollywood films were the big-sellers at record shops. The Sound of Music OST kept on selling for years after its release; fans of the movie purchased a recording of the soundtrack […]

18 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
LIKE every up-and-coming artist, Freya Ridings gets nervous about tickets sales for her gigs. But they keep getting bigger — and keep selling out. Ridings says it blows her mind. Singer songwriter Freya Ridings reflects on the past year and getting to where she is now, from playing pub gigs to sell out tours She tells me: “When I first started, I’d play to a few people. My mum would invite everyone she knew and the venue was filled. Then the venues started to get bigger and I’d say to Mum, ‘Well we don’t know 100 people — how are we going to fill this one?’ “This recent tour, I played to over 19,000 people in total all over the UK. Me and Mum don’t know that many people, so they must be actually buying tickets to come and see me!” It has been quite a year for the Londoner, whose self-titled debut album is out today. Today we sit in the back of a bus in East London, which doubles as a dressing room on the set of her video for single Castles. She is always humble – saying that she worries about ticket sales and is blown away every time they sell out I have met Ridings many times in the past six months — and she is visibly more confident now. “Everything that happens feels like a jumping-out-of-a-plane moment,” she says. “Every time I do something new, it makes me a bit stronger. Playing huge shows, being invited to play with Nile Rodgers after the Brits — all are mindblowing and I have a great team around me who are empowering. It makes all the difference.” Ridings, 25, started out playing covers in pubs and says without that experience, she wouldn’t be where she is today. She says: “I played the Roundhouse in Camden in March. As a North London girl, that’s like a homecoming for me. “To see the people queuing down Camden High Street was emotional. Me and my dad had teary eyes, as we used to go and see concerts there.” ‘IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE’ Ridings’ poignant piano ballads have earned her comparisons with Adele. She says: “I followed my gut and my subconscious told me the kind of music I wanted to create. But it wasn’t easy. “I remember in 2016 when I got signed to my record label Good Soldier, which is a very small indie label. They took a big risk on me because ballads were the furthest thing from cool at the time. “I got told by so many people to write happier songs. But when I sit down at the piano, sad songs are what happens.” Freya made a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury this year as well as the Isle of Wight Festival Today, Ridings and Lewis Capaldi — another songsmith with a flair for melancholy — are both reaping the rewards for sticking to their guns. She says: “I love Lewis. He makes me cry laughing. And he’s not doing too bad with his music, is he? “I’m not going to lie — I’m not sure I’d be doing this job if it weren’t for the rocketfuel heartbreak gives you. “It happens and you vow to make your life better because of it and you get home and write your heart and soul out into a song. “It is something that has changed my life.” Ridings has come through many battles along the way. A lonely outsider who was bullied at school, she struggled with classwork because of dyslexia. She found solace in music and spent her lunchtimes practising in the school’s piano room. Ridings, who studied at the famous BRIT School for performing arts from the age of 16, says: “I was told I was dumb at school. “I’ve heard a lot of artists talk about finding music because of their isolation. It’s the thing that makes you different at school, the thing which defines you. “The time I spent on my own meant I had a lot of time to think and find out who I was — without listening to what other people thought was cool. The up-and-coming artist has faced many battles along the way “And I was always drawn to the piano. It’s always been my anchor through the stormy periods of my life. My piano is like a friend. “It’s that close friend I turn to when things get tough or difficult. But I never expected to get to this stage where I travel the world and experience thousands of people singing these songs back to me.” Ridings’ debut album includes her huge hit Lost Without You, the soundtrack to last year’s Love Island, and You Mean The World To Me. The latter was written about Ridings’ mum while the video stars Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. It was directed by Lena Headey — Williams’ co-star on the fantasy hit. ‘TELL YOUR OWN STORY’ Ridings says: “I feel like I’ve been making up albums since I was 12. “It’s like a constant evolution of writing new songs, playing them and getting that feedback from fans to which songs resonate. The newest song on the album is Still Have You, which I am so proud of.” Ridings’ dad Richard is an actor and screenwriter. He featured in an early episode of Game Of Thrones and provides the voice for Daddy Pig in Peppa Pig. Ridings says she was always encouraged to be herself and follow her heart career-wise. She says: “I’m so close to my mum, dad and brother. Mum didn’t let me watch Disney ‘princess’ films when I was very young but I decided I wanted to watch them. “She didn’t want my goal in life to be a princess but I am such a girl and I love dresses and sparkly things. That’s what my song Castles is saying — if you want a castle, you can buy or build your own. Freya has stayed true to herself, deciding to write ballads instead of happier songs “You don’t have to marry someone to do that. You don’t have to be silent and submissive. You can tell your own story. “Sending that message to my female fans has been one of my proudest moments.” On her album, Ridings worked with producers Greg Kurstin (Adele, Liam Gallagher), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man), Dan Nigro (Lewis Capaldi, Charli XCX) and Jim-E Stack (Vampire Weekend). She says: “I’m really pleased with how the album has turned out and the people I worked with. Greg is such a humble and unassuming man, yet he’s worked with so many big names. “I’m really excited for people to hear the new songs like Still Have You and Elephant. We’ve been ending the show with Holy Water, which has gone down so well.” Tonight, Ridings plays Latitude Festival, following triumphant appearances at Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival. She says: “Walking out on those stages and seeing thousands of faces waiting to see me was another level. “I could’ve had a heart attack. You don’t really understand what you are doing. You get dropped off at the stage, walk up the ramp to the stage in your heels, then it’s, ‘Oh my God! Where did all these people come from?’” ‘IT’S SO HECTIC AT THE MOMENT’ After all the bullying she suffered when she was younger, how does Ridings deal with negative remarks and trolling on social media? She says: “My mum always tells me not to read any of that stuff but I believe people have a right to say what they want. She says her proudest moment comes from sending the message to her female fans that they can tell their own stories “My job is to create work I am proud of. Then if I can be proud of it in my soul, I feel internally strong and resilient. “I’ve had overwhelming support and love but I understand that negativity is also part of it. “But it’s only one bad comment out of 1,000 nice ones. If you don’t put your head above the parapet, you are never going to get anywhere.” Ridings is excited to tour once the album is out, as “that’s when the songs take on a life of their own”. She says her band and crew are “like family” to her. She adds: “It’s all my dreams come true. I have done this on my own for so many years, so now, working with a team of lovely, hardworking people who are a joy to be around is special. “I look forward to all of it — turning up, playing and hanging out. [boxout headline=”Freya Ridings” featured-image=”4345302″ intro=”★★★★”] Poison Lost Without You Castles You Mean The World To Me Love Is Fire Holy Water Blackout Ultraviolet Still Have You Unconditional Elephant Wishbone [/boxout] [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “When I AM home, I’m writing new songs. I know I should’ve moved out of the family home by now! I am 25 but I’m never there. And when I return from being away, I just want to catch up with my mum. “Maybe next year I will start to look (for somewhere to live) but everything is so hectic at the moment, I just want to be rooted in the ground where I grew up. “Things are going so well, why change?”  The album Freya Ridings is out today. Ridings plays the BBC Sounds Stage at Latitude tonight at 6.55pm. [bc_video video_id=”5985746969001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Official music video for Lost Without You by Freya Ridings”] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
18 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
LIKE every up-and-coming artist, Freya Ridings gets nervous about tickets sales for her gigs. But they keep getting bigger — and keep selling out. Ridings says it blows her mind. Singer songwriter Freya Ridings reflects on the past year and getting to where she is now, from playing pub gigs to sell out tours She tells me: “When I first started, I’d play to a few people. My mum would invite everyone she knew and the venue was filled. Then the venues started to get bigger and I’d say to Mum, ‘Well we don’t know 100 people — how are we going to fill this one?’ “This recent tour, I played to over 19,000 people in total all over the UK. Me and Mum don’t know that many people, so they must be actually buying tickets to come and see me!” It has been quite a year for the Londoner, whose self-titled debut album is out today. Today we sit in the back of a bus in East London, which doubles as a dressing room on the set of her video for single Castles. She is always humble – saying that she worries about ticket sales and is blown away every time they sell out I have met Ridings many times in the past six months — and she is visibly more confident now. “Everything that happens feels like a jumping-out-of-a-plane moment,” she says. “Every time I do something new, it makes me a bit stronger. Playing huge shows, being invited to play with Nile Rodgers after the Brits — all are mindblowing and I have a great team around me who are empowering. It makes all the difference.” Ridings, 25, started out playing covers in pubs and says without that experience, she wouldn’t be where she is today. She says: “I played the Roundhouse in Camden in March. As a North London girl, that’s like a homecoming for me. “To see the people queuing down Camden High Street was emotional. Me and my dad had teary eyes, as we used to go and see concerts there.” ‘IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE’ Ridings’ poignant piano ballads have earned her comparisons with Adele. She says: “I followed my gut and my subconscious told me the kind of music I wanted to create. But it wasn’t easy. “I remember in 2016 when I got signed to my record label Good Soldier, which is a very small indie label. They took a big risk on me because ballads were the furthest thing from cool at the time. “I got told by so many people to write happier songs. But when I sit down at the piano, sad songs are what happens.” Freya made a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury this year as well as the Isle of Wight Festival Today, Ridings and Lewis Capaldi — another songsmith with a flair for melancholy — are both reaping the rewards for sticking to their guns. She says: “I love Lewis. He makes me cry laughing. And he’s not doing too bad with his music, is he? “I’m not going to lie — I’m not sure I’d be doing this job if it weren’t for the rocketfuel heartbreak gives you. “It happens and you vow to make your life better because of it and you get home and write your heart and soul out into a song. “It is something that has changed my life.” Ridings has come through many battles along the way. A lonely outsider who was bullied at school, she struggled with classwork because of dyslexia. She found solace in music and spent her lunchtimes practising in the school’s piano room. Ridings, who studied at the famous BRIT School for performing arts from the age of 16, says: “I was told I was dumb at school. “I’ve heard a lot of artists talk about finding music because of their isolation. It’s the thing that makes you different at school, the thing which defines you. “The time I spent on my own meant I had a lot of time to think and find out who I was — without listening to what other people thought was cool. The up-and-coming artist has faced many battles along the way “And I was always drawn to the piano. It’s always been my anchor through the stormy periods of my life. My piano is like a friend. “It’s that close friend I turn to when things get tough or difficult. But I never expected to get to this stage where I travel the world and experience thousands of people singing these songs back to me.” Ridings’ debut album includes her huge hit Lost Without You, the soundtrack to last year’s Love Island, and You Mean The World To Me. The latter was written about Ridings’ mum while the video stars Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. It was directed by Lena Headey — Williams’ co-star on the fantasy hit. ‘TELL YOUR OWN STORY’ Ridings says: “I feel like I’ve been making up albums since I was 12. “It’s like a constant evolution of writing new songs, playing them and getting that feedback from fans to which songs resonate. The newest song on the album is Still Have You, which I am so proud of.” Ridings’ dad Richard is an actor and screenwriter. He featured in an early episode of Game Of Thrones and provides the voice for Daddy Pig in Peppa Pig. Ridings says she was always encouraged to be herself and follow her heart career-wise. She says: “I’m so close to my mum, dad and brother. Mum didn’t let me watch Disney ‘princess’ films when I was very young but I decided I wanted to watch them. “She didn’t want my goal in life to be a princess but I am such a girl and I love dresses and sparkly things. That’s what my song Castles is saying — if you want a castle, you can buy or build your own. Freya has stayed true to herself, deciding to write ballads instead of happier songs “You don’t have to marry someone to do that. You don’t have to be silent and submissive. You can tell your own story. “Sending that message to my female fans has been one of my proudest moments.” On her album, Ridings worked with producers Greg Kurstin (Adele, Liam Gallagher), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man), Dan Nigro (Lewis Capaldi, Charli XCX) and Jim-E Stack (Vampire Weekend). She says: “I’m really pleased with how the album has turned out and the people I worked with. Greg is such a humble and unassuming man, yet he’s worked with so many big names. “I’m really excited for people to hear the new songs like Still Have You and Elephant. We’ve been ending the show with Holy Water, which has gone down so well.” Tonight, Ridings plays Latitude Festival, following triumphant appearances at Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival. She says: “Walking out on those stages and seeing thousands of faces waiting to see me was another level. “I could’ve had a heart attack. You don’t really understand what you are doing. You get dropped off at the stage, walk up the ramp to the stage in your heels, then it’s, ‘Oh my God! Where did all these people come from?’” ‘IT’S SO HECTIC AT THE MOMENT’ After all the bullying she suffered when she was younger, how does Ridings deal with negative remarks and trolling on social media? She says: “My mum always tells me not to read any of that stuff but I believe people have a right to say what they want. She says her proudest moment comes from sending the message to her female fans that they can tell their own stories “My job is to create work I am proud of. Then if I can be proud of it in my soul, I feel internally strong and resilient. “I’ve had overwhelming support and love but I understand that negativity is also part of it. “But it’s only one bad comment out of 1,000 nice ones. If you don’t put your head above the parapet, you are never going to get anywhere.” Ridings is excited to tour once the album is out, as “that’s when the songs take on a life of their own”. She says her band and crew are “like family” to her. She adds: “It’s all my dreams come true. I have done this on my own for so many years, so now, working with a team of lovely, hardworking people who are a joy to be around is special. “I look forward to all of it — turning up, playing and hanging out. [boxout headline=”Freya Ridings” featured-image=”4502610″ intro=”★★★★”] Poison Lost Without You Castles You Mean The World To Me Love Is Fire Holy Water Blackout Ultraviolet Still Have You Unconditional Elephant Wishbone [/boxout] [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”6″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “When I AM home, I’m writing new songs. I know I should’ve moved out of the family home by now! I am 25 but I’m never there. And when I return from being away, I just want to catch up with my mum. “Maybe next year I will start to look (for somewhere to live) but everything is so hectic at the moment, I just want to be rooted in the ground where I grew up. “Things are going so well, why change?”  The album Freya Ridings is out today. Ridings plays the BBC Sounds Stage at Latitude tonight at 6.55pm. [bc_video video_id=”5985746969001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Official music video for Lost Without You by Freya Ridings”] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk