Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is pleased to announce that the Elton John, undoubtedly one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, will be joined by very special guest Bright Light Bright Light for his outdoor concert at AECC on Saturday 20th June.
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Rod Thomas, a Welsh-born, New York and London residing electronic-pop artist. Referred to as “Completely Irresistible” by Alexis Petridis of The Guardian and “A songwriter of extraordinary dexterity” by the Sunday Times Culture with his dream-like and club friendly blend of music.
“When I was growing up in the Welsh Valleys, hearing Elton’s music on the radio, TV, in films, in shops and cafes, I always wondered what it would be like to travel the world and play music. I never dreamed that one day I’d be doing it with the same person who shaped so much of my musical landscape. He’s an inspiration – musically and as a person.
Nobody else goes out of their way like he does to help new musicians. So many people owe their kickstart, or at the very least a lot of their optimism, to his tireless love of music. And getting to watch his set every night after I play is the best reward in the world!”
Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton John’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide. Since his career began in 1969 he has played more than 3, 500 concerts in over 80 countries.
The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career.
Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “As AECC’s first ever outdoor concert, Elton John’s summer date is sure to be a fantastic event in the City; as a first-of-its-kind show to be staged at the Venue.”
Tickets for the show are available now from Ticketmaster on 08444 77 9000 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Hospitality packages are available to book now, call 01224 824824 to find out more.
For further information contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Manager at AECC on (01224) 330430; email: [email protected]
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BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Rod Thomas, a Welsh-born, New York & London residing electronic-pop artist. His 2012 debut ‘Make Me Believe In Hope’, and his 2014 sophomore album ‘Life Is Easy’ have won fans across the world, impressively including Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters and Sir Elton John who chose him to open up 43 shows across the world for him in 2014. A far cry from the busking in the London Underground stations that shaped his entry into the music world and gave him the confidence that now fills huge rooms.
Drawing influence from artists as varied as Kate Bush, Björk, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Chet Baker, Joni Mitchell, John Cameron Mitchell and Ace of Base, Rod’s music is both dream-like and club friendly. Named “the boy Robyn in all but name” by NME, his dancefloor appeal and strong pop sensibilities have been noted. Even at its most club-friendly, each of Rod’s songs has heart and soul, as lyrics, melody and harmony are key, so whether listening to the dark house beats of ‘Good Luck’ or the soft-synth and string laded pop of ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’, his duet with Elton John, each song has a story to tell.
DJ Times calls his music ‘Cinematic glorious euphoria” – fitting for an artist taking his name from Gremlins, his favourite 80s film. And while his name and influences nod to nostalgia and his upbringing, his music is focused on the now. ‘Life Is Easy’, his UK and US charting album, is centred around making the most of what you have, and living in the moment – a message that has resonated profoundly with Elton’s fans on the world tour, with critics at The Guardian, Time Out, Billboard and Sunday Times Culture, to name but a few, and with DJs at Radio 1 and 2 who have embraced songs from the album. Recorded with collaborations with Sir Elton, Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters and The Invisible Men (Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea) and Ian Masterson (Belinda Carlisle, Dannii Minogue), it lushly combines dance beats and pop textures with harmonies, chorals and piano to create its uplifting and immersive world. It entered the UK chart at #3 Indie Breakers / #19 Independent Albums Chart, and #80 on the US Billboard New Artist Chart.
While life may not always be easy, Rod’s transition from busker to world-touring artist endorsed by some of his own favourite artists shows that while it certainly isn’t simple, with hard work and the right attitude, the future can be very bright indeed.
“Cinematic glorious euphoria” – DJ Times
“Positively euphoric” – Q
“The boy Robyn in all but name” – NME
“Sparkling, seamless blend of ‘80s synthpop and ‘90s rave” – Uncut