SHE may have spent her summer entertaining thousands of people across the world, but a South Tyneside singer says she’s nervous about her homecoming gig.
Lulu James will be performing as part of this year’s SoundWaves concert in Bents Park, South Shields, on Saturday, August 23, along with Texas, All Saints and Gabrielle.
However, the 21–year–old, who describes her music as “21st century soul”, is worried as to how her work will be received.
She said: “I am really, really, nervous about performing back in South Shields.
“Obviously it’s my home town, so I will know people, but it’s more because I don’t know if they will get my music.
“I’ll be performing all my own original material. I just hope they like it.”
After leaving Harton Technology College in South Shields, Lulu attended a music course at South Tyneside College for a while, before teaming up with music producer and co-writer Domzilla.
Her debut songs, including Rope Mirage, The End and Closer, have attracted rave reviews, while her track Sweetest Thing charted in Denmark last year at No. 26.
In May, Lulu, who is originally from Tanzania, but moved to Westoe when she was six, was one of 14 UK artists to successfully receive a slice of a £250,000 Music Export Growth Scheme. The grant was established by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) to help small and medium-sized independent music companies promote artists overseas, as part of wider Government efforts to get another 100,000 businesses exporting.
However, the singer has already been making her presence known further afield this summer, by performing at festivals in Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Poland and Finland.
She said: “It’s been incredible. Some of the festivals have had up to 30,000 people attending, it’s been non-stop. I’ve been all over.
“I have been so busy this summer, and I haven’t had that much of a chance to get back home, but I love it when I can. You can’t beat sleeping in your own bed can you?”
After next week’s gig in Bents Park, Lulu will be focusing on the launch of her EP, which she hopes will be out in October.
She said: “My ultimate dream is to be headlining my own tours within the next few years, that’s what I am aiming for.
“Who knows, I might even be back at Bents Park, as long as people don’t throw tomatoes at me this time round!”