Profile: Vance Joy – Taylor Swift’s 1989 UK tour support
- Rowena McIntosh
- 26 May 2015
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’.
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.
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.'
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.