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Tom Walker Unveils Insatiable New Single ‘Head Underwater’ Taken From His New Album I Am - Out Summer 2024 April/May UK Headline Tour Includes London’s Eventim Apollo - May 7th, 2024

Tom Walker Unveils Insatiable New Single ‘Head Underwater’ Taken From His New Album 'I Am' - Out Summer 2024 April/May UK Headline Tour Includes London’s Eventim Apollo - May 7th, 2024

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After weeks of teasing, Tom Walker today unveils his simply sensational new earworm of a single ‘Head Underwater’. The track is the second official single to be taken from his highly-anticipated new album I Am, out Summer 2024.

Dealing with the very real struggles of life and the fine art of keeping it together, ‘Head Underwater’ is a soulful pop anthem with a soaring vocal that sounds like a whole new Tom Walker. Watch the video, directed by Charles Mehling, who also directed Tom’s global hit ‘Leave A Light On’, HERE.

Of the song, Tom explains; “This is about keeping my inner demons at bay and the constant battle I'm having with myself - sometimes feeling suffocated and overwhelmed by the weight of the world. Head Underwater signifies the sensation of feeling like I'm drowning in my own thoughts and emotions. Despite the overwhelming struggle, there's a determination to survive and emerge stronger from this internal conflict.”

The back end of last year saw impeccable releases in ‘Burn’ & ‘Freaking Out’ - both of which Tom performed with aplomb on Later…With Jools Holland.

Where previously, Tom became known for powerful accounts of other people’s stories, including a friend’s battle with drugs (‘Leave A Light On’), and articulating his own relatable feelings for his now wife (‘Just You & I’); on his new album he now finds himself writing about his own personal struggles and anxieties, creative challenges, sadness and moments of despair. It is a sometimes visceral account of who Tom Walker is in 2024, hence the title: I Am.

“I Am is a culmination of me trying to figure out who I am for the last four years.” explains Tom. “This record is a snapshot of what's been going on in my life, and what's been happening around me – what's made me happy or sad, ecstatic or miserable.”

After writing, and binning, a plethora of new tracks, an exhausted Tom subsequently headed out to Los Angeles to write with the McDonough brothers, Toby Gadd, Ryan Daly & Castle, who’s credits between them include Beyonce, Joji, Khalid, Mimi Webb and John Legend. The trip reignited the excitement and love of trying brand new things.

The results speak for themselves. As well as ‘Freaking Out’, ‘Burn’ & ‘Head Underwater’, there’s also ‘HolyGhost’, think: Hozier produced by Labrinth – hymnal, electronic soul. And finally, a mention for ‘Lifeline’. No one outside Tom’s inner-circle will be hearing this towering ballad until later this year – the emotions behind it are too raw. It’s a searingly emotional tribute to a friend who died by suicide last March.

Looking ahead, as Tom succinctly puts it; “I will die for these songs. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve felt like that. You’ve got to ignore what everyone else wants from you, and you’ve got to back yourself.”

And with that, welcome to the exciting, limitless next phase of Tom Walker. A man who knows where he’s headed: to arena-scale songs with molecular-level heart. 



Thu 18th   CARDIFF, The Great Hall

Fri 19th     BRISTOL, O2 Academy Bristol                 SOLD OUT

Sat 20th    SHEFFIELD, Octagon Centre

Mon 22nd  DUBLIN, Olympia                                     SOLD OUT

Tue 23rd   BELFAST, Ulster Hall

Thu 25th   BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy Birmingham

Fri 26th     MANCHESTER, Manchester Academy     SOLD OUT

Sat 27th    MANCHESTER, Manchester Academy     NEW DATE ADDED

Mon 29th   LEEDS, O2 Academy Leeds

Tue 30th    GLASGOW, O2 Academy Glasgow          SOLD OUT


Wed 1st     GLASGOW, O2 Academy Glasgow          NEW DATE ADDED

Fri 3rd        NEWCASTLE, O2 City Hall

Sun 5th      NORWICH, UEA                                        SOLD OUT

Mon 6th.    NOTTINGHAM, Rock City

Tue 7th.     LONDON, Eventim Apollo


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