Supported by Isle of Man Arts Council
Saturday 13 th and Sunday 14th May 2017
Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to announce that young singer-songwriter, Dan Bettridge, will perform at Milntown this May as part of the PokerStars entertainment. Dan, who hails from south Wales, knows his Stax from his Motown, his Sun from his Chess Records; and understands that it’s all about singing straight from the middle of his own bruised heart.
He’s a blue-eyed soul singer: A young again Van Morrison for a new generation. And like Van, he’s much more than the sum of his influences; in Dan’s case, mostly gathered from his parents’ record collection and those classic singer-songwriters – Carol King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
His debut release – the stripped bare and beautiful Hunter’s Heart EP – was embraced by Huw Stephens on his BBC Introducing show on Radio 1 and by Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, admirably demonstrating that great music is not only timeless, but ageless too.
“Beautiful troubadour voice” – Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
He has picked up continuous support from ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris after performing an Under The Apple Tree Session during Truck Festival in 2015. Bob has since handpicked Dan for a special BBC Radio 2/ BBC Introducing session at the Maida Vale Studio and also invited him to perform at the very first Under The Apple Tree Festival in London’s Cadogan Hall, taking his place alongside esteemed artists such as Chris Difford, Patty Griffin and the chart-topping Ward Thomas.
“I just love his music!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
With performances at the likes of Hay Festival, Green Man and Festival No.6, as well as support slots with Band of Horses and Jack Savoretti, Dan is already making waves in the music industry while gathering big name fans along the way. With a full album of new material on its way, expect even bigger things from this young talent in 2017!
“Really, really talented guy” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
You can catch Dan playing a special stripped down soulful set both Saturday and Sunday on Cyclefest’s Village Stage, which is supported by Isle of Man Arts Council. Wristband tickets are on sale now with prices starting from just £10 for adults with discounts available across weekend tickets and family bundles.