His 2015 UK tour sold out in 10 minutes. Out of nowhere, he finished fifth in the BBC Sound of 2014 last January. He’s played Glastonbury for two consecutive years, and his debut album, Wanted on Voyage, entered the charts at number three in July last year, and reaching number one in October, before returning once again to the top spot last month. George Ezra has had a whirlwind of a year. Hailing from Hertford, England, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter burst onto the international music scene last year with his breakthrough single, ‘Budapest’. And even those who don’t recognise his name, will most certainly have heard his dulcet tones—a gravelly, bluesy voice, far more mature than its years.
Citing Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as his key musical influences, Ezra is the latest in a string of young British folk singers to emerge in recent years, yet his music stands out for its definite blues vibe. The majority of his debut album was penned during a solo backpacking trip around Europe by rail, hence the song titles ‘Budapest’ and ‘Barcelona’; and so it comes full circle, as Ezra returns to the city, this time to perform songs influenced by his previous visit.