Lanarkshire singer sets off on UK tour after whirlwind two years

Bellshill singer-songwriter Rianne Downey is preparing for the biggest year in her career to date.

Not only is the 21-year-old heading out on her own UK tour later this year, but she is set to jet off to the USA to perform in Texas at the biggest music conference in the world – the South by South West festival ( SXSW).

The former Cardinal Newman High School pupil has performed all of her life, but only really began to build a full time career in singing during the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown.

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And this month will also see Rianne, who previously sold out her first ever headline gig in just 48 hours at the famous King Tuts in Glasgow, supporting indie rockers Coral in Blackpool.

Rianne told Lanarkshire Live: “Performing is just something I’ve always done, I think it’s in my blood.

“My mum always said I could sing before I could speak and she would print out the lyrics to songs on the computer so I could sing it for her and my dad in the living room.

Rianne will headline her own UK tour later this year

“I was always putting shows on for my granny when I’d have a sleepover.

“But I didn’t start properly trying to build myself a career and write my own songs until lockdown occurred. And in two short years my music career has already seen me move from Bellshill to Liverpool. It’s been crazy.”

Rianne released her debut single ‘Fuel to the Flame’ last February and received radio play from BBC Radio 6.

The rest of the singles from her debut EP have been played on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6 and much to Rianne’s delight, on the most popular station in the UK, BBC Radio 2.

Rianne Downey’s rising career has recently seen her move from Bellshill to Liverpool

She added: “I am lucky enough to get to be a singer-songwriter full time now. I’ve played some amazing venues so far and sold out my first ever headline gig at the famous venue, King Tuts in Glasgow, in just two days.

“That was a real pinch me moment.

“But the biggest venue I’ve played so far was the Manchester Victoria Warehouse supporting The Lathums, who went to number one with their debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ – I played to 3500 that night, it was surreal. A dream comes true.”

“I cannot wait to travel to America next month and then when I come home I’ll kick off my very own UK tour finishing, of course, in Glasgow.”

Rianne’s self-titled tour will see her take to the stage in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, London, before finishing at the iconic St. Luke’s in Glasgow,

Her debut EP was recently released on vinyl, with all 500 copies selling out in just a few days with only one track having been released.

It subsequently reached number three in the Official UK Top 40 Vinyl Charts. and led to Rianne joining The Lathums on support on their UK Tour, supporting The Snuts at their Barrowlands gig and playing at TRNSMT.

For tickets to Rianne’s UK tour, head online, or to follow her career on social media search @riannedowney_

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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