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Sunderland teenager Tom A.Smith supporting Elton John AND playing Glastonbury in one weekend

A Sunderland teenager is supporting Elton John AND playing Glastonbury in one weekend.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 3:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 4:35 pm

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Not only will Tom Smith support one of the biggest names in music when Sir Elton plays at Hyde Park on Friday (June 24), he will also follow it up by performing at one of the world’s biggest festivals, Glastonbury, the next day.

It’s the latest in many musical coups for the 18-year-old former Houghton Kepier pupil, who performs as Tom A.Smith, and whose single Could I Live With Being Fake was supported by Sir Elton John on his Rocket Hour Apple Music show.

The superstar is playing Hyde Park as he tours the country with his Farewell Yellow Brick Road show, which played in Sunderland last weekend, and he chose a specially-curated support bill for the date, with Tom chosen to perform.

Tom Smith. Photo by Tyne Sight

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The following day, June 25, Tom will be performing on the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury.

The teenager is well-known on the local music scene after playing his first ever gig when he was just eight-years-old, supporting psychedelic rockers Detroit Social Club at The Cluny, in Newcastle.

He went on to perform at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, and Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendall Calling, making him the festival's youngest ever performer.

He has also played live with local hero Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as supported other Northern acts on the rise like The Lathums and The Mysterines.

Tom, who studies music performance at Gateshead College, is playing a string of festival dates this summer and you can catch him locally at Little Lindi festival on Lambton Estate on July 23.

National dates in July include - Barn On The Farm Festival, Nibley Festival, BBC Introducing at The Lexington and Belladrum Festival.

In August he plays Bingley Weekender Festival, 110 Above Festival and Leeds Festival.