BBC Introducing and Radio X featured artist Michael Gallagher, from Hartlepool, will be embarking upon a 700 mile round trip to play two UK festivals at opposite ends of the country less than 24 hours apart.

This is the first festival season Michael is involved with and was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to play both in Newcastle on Friday 17th of September and the Isle of Wight the following day. Despite the obvious logistical headache (or nightmare…) he was desperate to make playing both of these major festivals back-to-back work!

Michael, 25, says of his excitement, “It’s going to be a busy weekend but one I’m really looking forward to. It’s taken a lot of work over the past few years to get here but I’m excited for the opportunity and it will hopefully be a great kick-start for my career.”

The Time singer adds, “Obviously the pandemic has been a tough time for everyone but it came at a time where I was looking to push on in my music career. So I am glad that life is returning to normal and I am able to play gigs up and down the country again.”

Unlike the luxury festival headliners, he doesn’t have the same budget or backing so it will be a self driven, 15 hour, 1,100km round trip in a van to make this work. All band members will take the Friday as a holiday off work, with Michael having to work night shifts at his job at a brake pad factory in Hartlepool to be able to get the show date off. The band will then be back to their day jobs on the Monday.

Hartlepool singer Michael, finishes with, “I’m so glad we were all able to get the time off work or I am not sure what we would’ve done!

“These are two of the biggest shows we have ever played and I am so excited to play both festivals at opposite ends of the country. Even though we will be driving around 700 miles, it was an opportunity I could not miss!”

Michael also has London and Manchester shows in December as part of a three date headline tour alongside the already mentioned Newcastle date.

Following the pandemic, Michael released three tracks in 2021 (Lula, Call My Name and Time) all of which have been supported massively by BBC Introducing, Radio X and Amazing Radio. He also performed a live session with Rianne at BBC Intro Tees and had an Isolation Session live tracks and chat with John Kennedy at Radio X.

Michael and his band are playing at the following times:

This Is Tomorrow, Newcastle, Friday 17th September: 3pm – 3.30pm

Isle Of Wight Festival, Saturday 18th September: 2pm – 2.30pm

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