Thankfully, now we're approaching half-way through another year, everyone has ceased banging on about the various what's-hot-for-the-coming-year polls and lists of one kind of another. Which is good for Michael Kiwanuka as the clamour surrounding his emergence was itself so cacophonous that it was, at times, a struggle to hear any of his songs.
Which is a blessing of sorts. Not because his music isn't a masterclass is seductive soulful brilliance, it absolutely is, but because it has stopped him becoming just another overhyped, overplayed number in the Grand Game (see file marked Jessie J). Five months or so after the noise began, this likeable north Londoner has emerged as an engaging songwriter of genuine talent whose talent for producing embracing, rootsy soul helped propel his debut album, March 2012's Home Again, to No 4 in the UK and the upper strata of charts all over the world. With a warm summer promised (isn't it always), it seems that, for once, the Next Big Thing will become everybody's favourite barbecue soundtrack.
Michael Kiwanuka plays the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 5th December 2012. We will have tickets available from 10am on Friday 25th May, price TBC.
Ahead of the big December date, Michael is finishing off his spring tour over the next three nights, in first Sheffield (tonight), then Cambridge and finally London on Wednesday, at the Shepherds Bush Empire. We have a selection of tickets available now, although Shepherds Bush is down to just Premium tickets. The singer is also playing Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road gig in Huddersfield next month and Latitude 2012 six weeks after that - we have tickets on sale now for both events.