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 Willie J Healey Shares Brand-New Single & Video “The Apple” & IDLES Special Guest on UK Tour + Own Headline UK Tour Dates in May

April 24, 2024
Willie J Healey | Photo credit: AJ Stark

WILLIE J HEALEY shares brand-new single ‘The Apple’

UK & debut European tour starts next month

Confirmed as special guest to IDLES on Nov & Dec UK tour

2023 proved to be a big year for Willie J Healey as he earned widespread critical acclaim for his ‘Bunny’ album, including Album of the Year recognition from Guy Garvey at 6 Music plus Rough TradeTruckVinilo and Resident as well as playing high profile tours with Florence + The MachineArctic Monkeys and Jamie T. Now sees Willie J Healey share the brand-new single ‘The Apple’ ahead of a huge year of touring ahead.

‘The Apple’ feels like a succinct summary of Willie’s most compelling artistic traits as it unites the contemporary take on ‘70s funk and vintage soul influences of the ‘Bunny’ album with his long-standing admiration for Neil Young and Elvis Costello. Lyrically it’s just as positive as the themes that dominated ‘Bunny’ as Willie celebrates where he’s currently at, with flashes of his self-deprecating humour also shining through. It is effectively a product of the continuation of the creative process behind ‘Bunny’ after Willie returned to New York last December for a week-long session with the album’s producer Loren Humphries (Florence + The MachineArctic Monkeys).

Willie says, “I wrote ‘The Apple’ after feeling weird and self-aware. I was living in my head until I realised, man, life is short… so be yourself, get your cake and fu*king eat it!”

The visual for the song plays upon those thoughts as Willie throws self-awareness to the wind with an uninhibited performance full of personality against a backdrop that takes inspiration from ‘The Ames Room’ and depth perception photography to ingenious effect. It was directed by his regular visual collaborator AJ Stark.

Willie has this immense ability to produce contemporary creations that elevate any listener, simply whisking the audience to embrace the journey set out in front of them. This ability to create releases that move, stir and alter moods with such a vibrant and infectious appeal and “Apple” is exactly that. The new single emits this fetching hook and moving melody and whilst the exploration is short in length, the impression is long-lasting.

The release of ‘The Apple’ brings further big news from the Willie J Healey camp after the announcement he will tour as special guests to IDLES later this year. The band and particularly Joe Talbot join the likes of Alex TurnerFlorence Welch and Jamie T as high-profile members of the WJH fan club.

The IDLES tour adds to an already busy schedule for Willie. After selling out the Brixton Electric last year, he will now take ‘Bunny’ on a second UK tour next month before embarking upon his debut European headline run later that month. His summer festival schedule is also building up, with LatitudeTruckTramlines, Boardmasters and Psych all already confirmed. Willie’s upcoming shows are listed below, please see HERE for ticket details.

MAY

1st – Exeter, Phoenix
2nd – Bath, Komedia
3rd – Cambridge, Mash
4th – Southampton, Wanderlust Festival
5th – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
7th – Ipswich, The Baths
8th – Leicester, O2 Academy
9th – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
10th – York, The Crescent
11th – Blackpool, Bootleg Social
12th – Hull, Central Library
16th – Paris, Point Éphémère
17th – Brussels, Rotonde
18th – Amsterdam, London Calling Festival
19th – Nijmegen, Doornroosje
21st – Berlin, Maschinenhaus
22nd – Munich, Ampere
23rd – Fribourg, Fri-Son
24th – Bologna, Locomotiv

JULY

26th – Suffolk, Latitude Festival
27th  – Oxford, Truck Festival
28th  – Sheffield, Tramlines Festival

AUGUST

9th  – Newquay, Boardmasters Festival
31st – Manchester, Psych Festival

NOVEMBER – SPECIAL GUEST TO IDLES

23rd – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
24th – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
25th – Nottingham, Rock City
26th – Nottingham, Rock City
29th – London, Alexandra Palace

DECEMBER – SPECIAL GUEST TO IDLES

1st – Brighton, Centre
3rd – Birmingham, O2 Academy
4th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
6th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
7th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
8th – Manchester, O2 Apollo

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