The Thekla Archives: 2014

Raleigh Ritchie, Thekla presents Raleigh Ritchie: 14+ event

  • Saturday 29th November 2014
  • Supported by: IYES


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Raleigh Ritchie doesn’t make R&B music, or soul music, or indie music, or pop music. Raleigh Ritchie – aka 23-year-old Jacob Anderson – makes a unique amalgamation of all of those genres, contorting his varied influences – from Morrissey to Erykah Badu via the Maccabees and Maxwell – into the deeply personal songs that make up his first two EPs; The Middle Child and Black and Blue. “If I say ‘I’m an R&B artist’ there will be R&B fans that listen to my stuff and go ‘no you’re not, what’s going on’,” he laughs. “If I say I’m an alternative artist then there will be people who like the Maccabees who will go ‘what the fuck is this?’. I know what my kind of music is I just don’t know what to call it. I think I’m made up of all of the things I love, all the types of music I love.” Perhaps it’s this disregard for genre boundaries that caught the attention of hip-hop royalty Kendrick Lamar, who asked Ritchie to support him on his recent UK tour. Maybe it’s his way with a melody and his lyrical honesty that has seen the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and VICE sit up and take notice. Whatever that magic alchemy is, 2014 looks likely to be the year Raleigh Ritchie becomes your new favourite artist.

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The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881