hello you lot how are you all getting on ?
sorry its been so long between posts – too be honest, i was pretty knackered by the end of last year and just needed a little time away from music to process it all .
i’ve had a lovely few weeks off and now feel so excited about everything thats coming up this year !!!
there’s gonna be loads of busking,festivals,touring and rumour has it …. a new record …..
its going to be big and busy and i honestly cant wait to get started on it all .
more news to come on all of this over the next little while – i just wanted to say hello really and assure you that i hadn’t fallen off the face of the planet
hope you’re all happy and well . loads of love .
ps thanks for all of your messages about the brits – although we didn’t win we had an amazing night and i felt so proud that my song was in amongst it . ya never know , maybe next year …
happy christmas x
What a year this has been . so many amazing moments to look back on …. playing to 40,000 people at pink pop festival in holland , cuddling a jaguar in mexico city ( whilst drunk …. ) playing at a metal festival in austria , nearly getting arrested for busking in madrid , driving through a snow storm in scotland , playing on jools holland , jay leno and children in need , singing bruce springsteen songs whilst standing on a table in a beer tent in belgium , busking in dublin to over a thousand people ,selling out two nights at the shepherds bush empire in london – the venue i dreamed of playing as a kid , seeing arsenal beat borussia dortmund … in germany ( sorry dortmund fans ….) watching Stu Larsen wow audiences across the world and putting Jarrad Seng in a suitcase in melbourne to name a few ……
it feels like a good time to say thank you . thank you to those of you that have supported me since i have been playing to 6 people in a pub and sticking with me through the madness ( you know who you are !) thank you to those of you that have come on board this year . to everyone who has bought , streamed and shared my music . to everybody who has come out to a show or busking . to all of those who have left lovely and thoughtful messages on my facebook and twitter. to Ed Sheeran and his team for the opportunity of a lifetime . to everyone that i’ve had the pleasure of working with – from venues to radio stations and my amazing team – you are some of the best people i know . its not easy to say how much it means , in fact its impossible . your support has allowed me to live my dream . to travel the world and play to people that know the words to songs that i wrote in my bedroom . you have given me the best year of my life and i will be eternally grateful .
i can’t wait to visit as many of you as possible and share my new record with you next year !!
for now though , here is a video that my immensely talented friend Jarrad Seng Photography made on the recent tour of australia . everything this guy touches is golden but this for me is some of his best work . go and like his page if you like putting beautiful images into your eyes !!
it seemed fitting to make something for the song “all the little lights” to close out the year . i hope the lights are shining bright for all of you this christmas .
all my love and thanks . mike x”
AUSTRALIA – i think this trip has been the best ever . although only short , every single show was fantastic in its own way and its been so so good to get out busking again . i’m not going to write a big , emotional post at the moment …. maybe in a couple of days …. but i just wanted to say a genuine thank you to all of you .
W.A – you really saw us off in style . both the gig in perth last night and the busking in freo today were extraordinary .
i truly love this country .
SYDNEY – sorry this is a bit late but what a beautiful gig the other night . crazy to look back at my early gigs years ago – playing to a handful of people in a bar in kings cross . i will never stop feeling incredibly lucky to be able to play venues like the enmore to people who want to listen . thank you xxxx
MELBOURNE – you will always be one of my favourite cities to play music in . last night was perfect !!! beautiful crowd , venue and gig . check out this great picture taken by Jarrad Seng Photography ….. thank you all so much and see you next time xxx
ADELAIDE – last night was absolutely magical …. what a beautiful start to the australian tour a huge thanks to everyone who came along …. off to MELBOURNE today … its been far too long ! would you guys be up for a spot of busking tomorrow afternoon if the weather is good ??x
EUROPE – the last seven weeks have been unbelievable !! we’ve played 30 odd gigs and clocked up a few thousand miles . met some wonderful people and have been lucky enough to explore and hang out in some of my favourite cities .
it really has been a dream tour – thank you all so so much for being part of it !! i cant wait to come back in the new year to share some new music with you all …..
also , an enormous thank you to all of my team (pictured below) for their hardwork , creativity and friendship – without these guys i wouldn’t be able to do any of this ….. what a handsome bunch haha:-)
oh , and see you in a bit NEW ZEALAND ( can’t flippin’ wait !!! ) xxx
i’m running out of things to say ….. this tour has been the best yet and BRUSSELS you were definitely one of the highlights . loved it !!!! thank you all so much and i hope to be coming back in the spring / summer to see you all again . BARCELONA tonight xxxx
sorry , i’ve been crap at this for the last couple of days ….massive thanks to everyone in ZURICH and PARIS we had a fantastic time with you all ….. in a cold but beautiful looking BRUSSELS today and really looking forward to the show . can’t believe we only have three gigs left in europe …. xx
GERMANY – you have been amazing to me this year !! i’m delighted to say that my album has now gone platinum two perfect gigs in BERLIN and MUNICH to finish off the german leg of the tour . an enormous thanks to everyone who has bought the record and/or come to a live show – looking forward to seeing you all again next year !!
VIENNA – you’re next xx
Children In Need 2013
Everyone in the UK can tune into BBC1 at 20:00 today, Nov 14th to see Mike perform 2 x songs alongside a whole host of amazing performances from, Bastille, Tom Odell, Kings Of Leon, Robbie Williams and many many others. The Children In Need cause is a fantastic one so If you fancy donating CLICK HERE
If you would like to check out the performance you can view it here:
wow , really busy couple of days – two great gigs in COLOGNE and FRANKFURT – thanks very much to everyone who came down !!! then yesterday i flew back to LONDON to play a few songs in regent street as they turned on the christmas lights …. all a bit magical ….. and i hung out with some spice girls haha . now we’re back in germany … bit knackered but really excited for the show in BERLIN tonight xxx
we’ve had a great few days – two unbelievably lovely gigs in HAMBURG and then managed to catch a champions league match in DORTMUND …. absolutely immense !! in COLOGNE tonight and the venue is looking and sounding great !! GERMANY you are spoiling us xx
BRIGHTON – what a perfect end to the most spectacular tour . the last few weeks around the UK and IRELAND have been an absolute dream . thank you so so much to all of you for coming out to the shows – honestly some of the best yet ! loads of love and take good care til next time . mike xxxx
Mike performed on Later with Jools Holland, you can watch the performance here
magical couple of nights in LONDON . never thought i’d get to play shepherd’s bush empire ….. let alone twice in a weekend . honestly incredible !!! last night of the uk tour tonight in BRIGHTON ….. see ya in a bit xx
DUBLIN – last night was absolutely incredible . thank you so much . looking forward to coming back to town on wednesday !! also i wanted to share this new song with you all . please share it around if you like it xx
” hello everyone , i wanted you guys to be the first to see the video for my new single “holes” ….
like with let her go , i just wanted to do something that felt real and honest so we decided just to film a busking session in my home town of brighton . i’m really pleased with how it turned out ! thank you to everyone who was involved in the making of this , it was such a fun day !! please do me a huge huge favour and share this around if you can ?? i cant believe how many views “let her go ” has now received , and although i’m not expecting the same thing for this one , with your help we can get it off to a good start !those of you with keen ears might notice that it is a different version to the one on the album . this “single version” is now on iTunes in the uk, australia and new zealand and will be available throughout europe very soon .
a massive massive thank you for all of your support . mike x”
You can check out the new HOLES clip here:
New single HOLES now available on iTunes here:
The new single will soon be widely available – stay tuned for more details…
For all upcoming tour dates and information head over to the Passenger website
The Way It Goes ..
Hey Passengers, this is the last Sunday night video for a little while. I’ve massively enjoyed this project – working with some amazingly talented people that also happen to be some of my favourite human beings. A huge thanks to Jarrad Seng Photography for his beautiful camera work and editing, Milton Penflick for making it all sound so delightful and also to Stu Larsen for generally putting up with my shit !! This one is with a band called Will And The People if you haven’t seen them live then you should. They are incredible. lots of love and as ever , please share it around as much as you can.
Catch all 8 videos here -http://goo.gl/z821N. mike xx
Hearts On Fire
Hello Passengers, here is sunday night video number 7 – This guy probably doesn’t need an introduction …. what an absolute legend ! Share it around if you can Click here to see the other 6.
Lots of Love . Mike
Hello everyone, here is video number six. I was lucky enough to play with the fantastic Palatine Quartet (www.palatinestringquartet.co.uk) in a lovely church in Cambridge. Feel free to share it around Mike x
The Way That I Need You
Hello Passengers here is Sunday night video number 5 . I met The Once (@theonceband) at a radio station in Glasgow and we filmed this the next day in Edinburgh. Their voices make me want to cry …. in a good way !! Hope you like it and please share it around if you do. Loads of love. Mike x
Staring At The Sky
Here’s the fourth Sunday night video. I met Ruby Turner when i was supporting Jools Holland a couple of years ago and we became really good mates. Such a privilege to have her be a part of this project. What a voice … as ever please share if you like it. Mike x
I’ll Be Your Man
Hello everyone, here’s another sunday night video for you. We shot this in Southampton with two wonderful musicians that we met the night before - Emma Stevens and Jack Williams . Hope you enjoy it and again please feel free to share with your friends. Special thanks to Mark and Athena for letting us take over their beautiful house. Mike x
Hello you lot – here’s the second in a series of videos that we’ll be posting every sunday night for the next few weeks . we shot this one in belfast with an incredible singer/songwriter called David C. Clements and a ridiculously amazing irish harp player called Úna Monaghan (www.unamonaghan.com) really hope you guys like it – couldn’t believe how many shares we got for the last one Please feel free to do the same again if you can. Loads of love. mike x
A THOUSAND MATCHES
Here is the first in a series of videos we’ll be posting over the next few weeks. We shot this in Brighton with my amazingly talented friend Isobel Anderson. Feel free to share it if you like it . Mike xx