Former painter and decorator, current X Factor victor MATT CARDLE has emerged from the studio he’s been holed up in since his X Factor arena tour wound up recording his Top 2 debut album Letters (he wasn’t going to pip Noel Gallagher to the top spot, really, was he?), and he’s heading to York next year where he kicks off his UK tour at the Barbican…
Say what you will about X Factor – even the haters tune in to focus their vitriol – it’s turned a few dreams of stardom into reality (except for the ever-grumpy Steve Brookstein who is more than happy joining in the slating), and created some huge international acts.
So as everyone is glued to their TVs of a Saturday and Sunday night, (fast-fowarding all the guff with the magic of Sky+) with fingers crossed that the nation comes to its senses and boots that Kitty off the show, the cogs of the Matt Cardle machine are getting into gear.
His album came out last week. Not had chance to hear it yet, but slow-burner Run For Your Life has grown on me quite a bit. However uncool it is to like Snow Patrol and Coldpay these days, I’m fond of a bit of indie balladry, something Matt can turn his hand to with ease, it seems.
I mean, I wasn’t exactly horrified with his first single When We Collide. It was, well, alright for a Biffy cover. I’ve certainly heard worse. Besides, he was by far the best of the X Factor bunch last year. He was the reason I decided to watch the whole series right to the bitter end.
It would be interesting to see how Matt shakes off the X Factor shackles which has bound former winners to a life of pop purgatory. I can’t say any of them can be taken seriously as musicians. Fine pop acts, yes, but not so much as a whiff of credibility away from T4 and Radio 1.
Anyway, I’m not selling it very well, this show…
Tickets for his show at the Barbican in York on March 1 go on sale tomorrow morning (Friday, October 28) at 9am from HERE or HERE.
Before then, though, Matt is heading to Leeds on Thursday, November 10 to perform at the big Christmas lights switch-on at Victoria Gardens on the Headrow.