Leon Bridges – Modern Soul Man

Leon Bridges does Modern Soul like no one else

Hailed as the new Sam Cooke, and dressing like a 1950s hipster, Leon Bridges is the breakout star of 2015 as far as I’m concerned, and he’s the act I’m most looking forward to seeing at this weekend’s Longitude Festival.

Leon Bridges debut album, Coming Home was released last month to some pretty amazing reviews. The Irish Times’ Jim Carroll gave it four stars, both Nialler 9 and Rolling Stone Magazine included it in their Best of 2015 so far lists, The Guardian also gave it four stars, calling it “unabashed old-school soul”.

Still not convinced? Here’s some more reasons why you shouldn’t miss Leon Bridges this weekend…

At this year’s SXSW the singer played eight shows. In return he was awarded the 2015 Grulke Prize for Developing US Act. “Watching Leon Bridges’ trajectory through the festival was a supersonic experience… Bridges’ charismatic fusion of soul…made him one of the must-see acts this year.” – Linda Park for SWSW

After his single “Coming Home” was released it spent over five consecutive weeks on Spotify’s Global, US and UK Viral Charts.

Bridges made his debut network television appearance on the Late Late Show With James Corden on March 25th. Here he is on Later…With Jools Holland performing “Better Man”.

Leon Bridges - Better Man - Later… with Jools Holland - BBC Two

Leon Bridges plays the Heineken Stage at 16:15 this Friday. If you can’t make it to Longitude don’t worry, you can catch Leon Bridges perform his debut album at the wonderful Whelans, on Friday 25 September. You won’t regret it!

Longitude Festival takes place at Marlay Park this weekend, 17-19 July. Leon Bridges will play on Friday. Get tickets here.