Don’t miss SOAK when she performs a headline show in The Empire tomorrow night (Wednesday June 10).
It will be 18-year-old singer Bridie Monds-Watson’s biggest headline show to date in the city.
Soak recently showcased her current single Sea Creatures on Later… With Jools Holland.
Her new album Before We Forgot How To Dream was released last Monday and is a stunning snapshot of SOAK’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland.
Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, Bridie has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14, when a chance uploading of the Sea Creatures demo to the BBC Introducing playlist saw A&R board the next flight over and park up outside the Monds-Watson’s household.
Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, instead splitting her time between studies, the local skate-park and daunting early shows (such as opening Derry’s tenure as City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam).
Things moved forward last year, when Bridie teamed up with CHVRCHES for their launch of a singles label, toured with George Ezra and Tegan & Sara, before signing a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results.
Produced alongside Tommy from Villagers, her debut album traces SOAK’s extraordinary journey to this point, and marks Bridie’s graduation from raw talent to a significant songwriter for the years ahead. It seems also to speak of those more universal joys and fears of adolescence, before we, too, forgot how to dream.
Tickets for tomorrow night’s show in the Empire are available here.