Starsailor’s James Walsh teases new solo album

James Walsh Former Starsailor frontman James Walsh performed a top secret gig for Absolute Radio, to celebrate the dawn of his new solo career. The singer-songwriter treated a number of fans to a clandestine concert at the station’s headquarters in Golden Square, London.

The event was the second instalment of six secret summer gigs organised by eBay’s secondary ticketing fan-to-fan website StubHub, as part of their #gigenvy campaign.

Now, the site has released exclusive footage of the gig so fans who were not lucky enough to get their hands on tickets to the event don’t feel left out – see the video, below.

Walsh, who has sold over three million records worldwide and achieved two Top 10 albums with post Britpop rock group Starsailor in the 2000s, performed a selection of tracks from his recently released new solo album Turning Point. The star also treated fans to stripped back versions of classic Starsailor hits, including European Number 1 single Four To The Floor.

Following the exclusive concert, Walsh took part in a Q&A session with Absolute DJ Sarah Champion during which he answered questions from StubHub users, revealing that his music idol is Bruce Springsteen and his first concert had been the Boo Radleys. His advice for young musicians: “Don’t take yourself too seriously and be confident in your own sound – don’t cater to trends.”

Many fans had only discovered they had won a space at the gig that morning with one fan, Donna Willison, having travelled up from Slough to see one of her favourite performers live. She said: “My first ever gig was a Starsailor concert so I am massively excited to be here. When you hear his voice, you just know it is James Walsh”.

The campaign seeks to inform music lovers on how to get better access to tickets for live entertainment events, so they can get up close and personal with their favourite stars. Those keen to get their hands on free VIP passes can tune into the radio stations or follow @StubHubUK on Twitter for more information.

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