"A girl following her heart, there's a refreshing honesty to what Hollie Cook puts before us" - i-D
Fresh from sold out shows in LA and London’s Borderline the princess of tropical pop Hollie Cook prepares for a highly anticipated full UK and EU tour – showcasing her third LP ‘Vessel of Love’.
Overseen by legendary producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover (U2, Guns N’ Roses, Paul McCartney, The Verve), her forthcoming album is set for an early 2018 release with February seeing the lovers rock visionary embark on an 16-date strong tour. Lead singles ‘Angel Fire’, ‘Survive’ and ‘Free Falling’ – all continuing to make waves across the BBC - alongside an arsenal of skank-worthy hits from prior Prince Fatty-produced projects, her self-titled debut and sophomore LP: ‘Twice’, longstanding and fresh fans alike will not be in short supply of wavey, positive vibes.
En route from from Nottingham to Brighton Cook fans will also be able to witness a glorious homecoming – Hollie will be playing at Camden Town’s infamous Jazz Cafe. With past acts including Amy Winehouse, Ben E Kingand The Skatalites, this iconic venue is no doubt the perfect setting for her aptly scheduled Valentine’s Day show, what else could be better than enjoying Hollie’s upbeat exuberance and loved-up pop flair?
A journey which began with her ditching school in her teens to join childhood friend Ari Up and the all female punk band The Slits, Cook went on to spend the next four years playing live shows around the globe. Having mastered the art of live performance and cultivated her own unique sound, the aspiring vocalist ventured to pursue a solo career. Enlisting help from production powerhouse Prince Fatty she released her debut album, the self-titled ‘Hollie Cook’. This was followed by a dub re-work: ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ and a sophomore album release ‘Twice’ – all of which have featured in a plethora of ‘Top Album’ lists and earned the star commendations from Esquire, Sunday Times, Metro, NME, Q, Uncut, Hunger and Huck. The poignant singer also swiftly became a household favourite with radio DJs across the spectrum, garnering unwavering support in her early days from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music, BBC 1Xtra and Radio X.
Commanding deserved attention, Jools Holland invited the West London native to perform on ‘Later...with Jools Holland’ where she gave a captivating and hypnotic performance. Her subtle, yet sultry dulcet tones – combined with her enchanting stage presence – went by no means unnoticed. Alongside performing at The Stones Roses concert (Manchester’s Heaton Park) at the personal request of Ian Brown, her transcendence into the limelight was affirmed. Recognised as a veteran of live performance, Jamie T later enlisted her support at Alexandra Palace. When not performing with musical greats or recording intimate live sessions, such as a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens – a true testament to her pedigree as a live performer, Hollie can be found on the festival circuit. Backed by her live band General Roots, she is a frequent favourite at UK festivals, playing much-loved sets at Boomtown, Rototom, V, Beautiful Days and the prestigious Glastonbury.
Dynamic and engaging – Hollie is truly a master of live performance. Seamlessly floating above the crooning brass section with her poised vocals, the young virtuoso can also embody those hard rock beats and entertain her adoring fans. A spectacle not to be missed, make sure to save the date when Hollie comes to your town.