Festival Republic StageFriday10:15 pm
There are two major things that – in some strange, unlikely way – paved Tom Grennan’s way into music: The Kooks’ 2006 single ‘Seaside’, and an incident that left him hospitalised for several days.
Born and raised in Bedford, the 21-year-old’s childhood was a fairly typical one. He played football, went to school, got a moped at 16 and “was cruising with that for a bit.” Aside from an MP3 player his mate’s brother loaded up with grime, music was never a big part of his life growing up. Until, that is, he had a little too much to drink at a party, and demanded that everyone listen to him performing ‘Seaside’ a cappella. “I was just going around like, ‘Oi, listen to me…’ just being an annoying guy,” he says now – but his performance, bolstered though it may have been by a generous dose of Dutch-courage, was clearly impressive. His friends, unaware before that night that he could even hold a tune, roped him into joining their A Level band, where he discovered an untapped knack for performance.