Profile: Vance Joy – Taylor Swift’s 1989 UK tour support

Before Taylor Swift plays Glasgow, Manchester & London, we take a look at her support act

Profile: Vance Joy --Taylor Swift’s 1989 UK support

Vance Joy

Following a resoundingly epic performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich, Taylor Swift returns to our shores next month for the UK leg of her 1989 tour.

Before fans ‘Shake It Off’ at shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London, they'll be treated to support act Vance Joy. Real name James Keogh, Vance Joy, is an Australian singer-songwriter best known for his 2013 hit ‘Riptide’.

Vance Joy – 'Riptide' Official Video

The song is so popular it has gone five times platinum in Australia, sold over three and a half million copies worldwide and won both the ARIA Song of the Year award and the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition. ‘Ripetide’'s success secured Joy slots at Glastonbury and V Festival before he had an album to his name, as well as a five-album deal with Atlantic Records. The song has even been covered by Taylor Swift herself, when she appeared in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in October 2014.

Taylor Swift – 'Riptide' [Vance Joy Cover]

Joy recently returned the favour ahead of the start of the tour, covering Swift's hit ‘I Know Places’, which he stated is ‘one of my favourite tracks from 1989.'

Vance Joy – 'I Know Places' [Taylor Swift Cover]

Joy’s debut album Dream Your Life Away was released in September 2014 and went to number one in the Australian album chart, peaking at number two in Canada, but lagged behind at 20 in the UK. It features singles ‘Wasted Time’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Mess Is Mine’ and ‘First Time’. You might not know them yet but by the time Swift and Joy have brought their riptide to the UK, they'll be cosying up to ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘Blank Space’ on party playlists.

Taylor Swift & Vance Joy play SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 22 Jun; Manchester Arena, 23 Jun; Hyde Park, London, Sat 27 Jun.

Taylor Swift

The country starlet takes her incredibly catchy songs of love and loss on her 1989 tour in support of album of the same name.


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