Sarah Close comes to Manchester’s Deaf Institute hot on the heels of revealed her new single Only You.
Only You is the latest single to be released from Sarah Close’s debut EP Caught Up, the expressive singer’s take on modern pop. The EP shot to the number one spot on the Official Physical Singles Chart whilst it’s lead track Call Me Out quickly racked up more than 3 million Spotify streams.
Only You was written during a period in which Sarah experienced a crisis of confidence, and it’s a great example of her intimate but open lyricism. She explains the feelings behind the song – “It’s about that decision when you realise you’re going to leave someone you’re with. You know that it’s not working — and the reason it’s not working is that you don’t like each other. On paper you’re right for each other, but it can’t work, and even if it could work you’re not ready for it. And that’s a painful thing to admit to yourself.”
Emerging from a small village on the Isle of Wight, Sarah grew up physically separated not just from the mainland — and the music industry — by a body of water, but also from most of the island’s social life. A she immersed herself in music she couldn’t immediately find an outlet for her passion. Instead she started a YouTube channel to build a connection that she couldn’t make in person.
Her following sprinted through numerous landmark statistics and she now commands a following of over 750,000 subscribers. Local gigs soon followed, including Bestival founder Rob Da Bank’s Quay Arts Club night as well as a set at Bestival itself, before Sarah relocated to London.
Sarah’s first major London gig followed in April with a sold-out show at The Camden Assembly. Now she’s out on the road performing seven dates around the UK and Ireland.
Where and when does Sarah Close perform in Manchester?
Sarah Close headlines at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 24 September. The full tour listing:
23 September – Nottingham, Bodega
24 September – Manchester, Deaf Institute
25 September – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3
27 September – Brighton, The Haunt
28 September – London, Heaven
30 September – Dublin, Academy 2
6 October – Isle of Wight, Newport, Strings Bar and Venue
Author: Editorial Team
Live Manchester editorial team