Southampton born, Tom Pointer prides himself on his live performances, as his distinctive soulful tone, honest lyrics and vibrant pop melodies showcase a natural talent reminiscent of James Bay, Paolo Nutini and Alabama Shakes. Tom’s retirement from professional rugby in 2014 due to a broken back would prove a significant turning point and a catalyst to his creativity. While on the long road to recovery at university he rediscovered his unique voice, drawing on past and present experiences to hone his personal style.
Relocating to London, his songwriting drew the attention on the open mic scene and that of producer Lewi White (Devlin, F/H Block). An exciting collaboration began as they started writing and recording together in Lewi’s North London studio, which lead to the release of his debut single ‘Ruby’ in October 2017. The release received airplay on both BBC Introducing and BBC Radio London.
Of his next release, ‘Nobody’, Tom elaborates on the meaning behind the track’s crunching drums & choral chants.
“Nobody is a song about false pretenses. Not just of people, but also of the world we live in. Most people grow up being told strictly how life works, “you need this to do that, you can’t do that without this.” In my experience you should always rely on your personal instinct. You should make your own story.”
Support on the night comes from Ciircus Street.