Speaking of the video, Barns says; "99 is a song about losing touch with your former self and the needless formalisation of fun in our daily lives as we age. I guess I felt like I escaped the usual tropes of adulthood through music. This video is an imagining of life on a different path. And a an insight into my own struggles with identity, and the bizarre ritual of growing up."
Alongside the new single, Barns is stepping things up in the live arena, embarking upon his highest profile UK headline tour to date this November. With eight shows across the UK, including a night at London’s Heaven and further dates in Europe. Glasgow and Amsterdam are now both sold out.
The past year has been nothing short of extraordinary for the British troubadour. His debut album The Attractions Of Youth, has racked up over 200,000 album sales to date, his arsenal of songs have struck a massive quarter of a billion worldwide streams, and his YouTube channel has caught light in the form 25 million views.
After sold-out UK tours including venues such as London’s Camden Dingwalls and Scala, the number of successes over the last 18 months have also included winning a ‘Sync Artist Of The Year’ award at Music Week’s Sync Awards beating the likes of Rag & Bone Man and Ellie Goulding to the post. He’s been tipped as One To Watch by Rolling Stone and completed live TV performances on James Corden’s Late Late Show (watch HERE) and Conan O’Brien (watch HERE), as well as rave reviews from Reading Festival, SXSW, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and his support slots with both Blur and The Libertines.
Barns Courtney has already experienced more highs and lows than most artists could wish to encounter in an entire lifetime. His is a story of family turmoil, bad record industry deals, homelessness, serendipitous meetings with movie moguls and sheer talent and hard work winning out against the odds.
Speaking about those challenging times and conquering the odds Barns said:“My first single appeared in this Bradley Cooper movie and before I knew it I got this call from my manager while I was slinging laptops at Currys and PC World who told me I didn’t have to work there anymore. I was so downtrodden after my experiences that even when I was sat in Virgin Records with a bottle champagne in one hand signing on the dotted line, I just couldn’t speak to anyone. I was so afraid the rug was going to be pulled from under me. It was another two years before I thought it might actually turn out alright”.
Now putting the finishing touches to his second album, this is Barns’ time. With a strong reception for his debut, he is now looking ahead to unleashing his brazen sound on as many people as possible.
UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
Nov 6th - The Maze, Nottingham
Nov 7th- Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Nov 9th- Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
Nov 10th- G2, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
Nov 12th- Mama Roux's, Birmingham
Nov 13th- The Exchange, Bristol
Nov 14th- The Bullingdon, Oxford
Nov 15th- Heaven, London