Market Rasen really will be rocking later this year according to X Factor winner James Arthur who will bring this summer’s Rasen Rocks month to a close.
The Middlesbrough-born singer is bringing his live show to Market Rasen on August 30 and has promised to give his fans an unforgettable night.
Speaking exclusively to the Market Rasen Mail, Arthur said: “I’m really looking forward to it, as I do with every show.
“It’s going to be my first performance in Lincolnshire so it will be a brand new experience for me.
“The fans can expect 100 per cent from me and the band.
“The songs they know and love will be performed to a great standard and it will be a real rock and roll show.”
Arthur rose to fame in 2012 when he was voted by the public as the winner of X Factor, ahead of rival Jahmene Douglas.
His winning single Impossible spent three weeks at the top of the charts and sold more than 1.3 million copies - the highest ever for an X Factor winner - and was the fastest-selling single of 2012.
The singer’s performances on the X Factor were against a backdrop of bright lights and backing tracks but Arthur explained how his shows are now a much more personal experience.
“I love going out on the road with a band, I really prefer it.
“The setting is stripped down in comparison but it’s a big wall of sound.
“There’s not going to be any holograms or anything crazy like that at my shows.
“I’m most happy when I’m performing with a band - it’s my favourite thing about the job.”
Arthur has since released a solo album and completed his first headline tour of the UK and Europe.
Last week the singer announced he was giving away a 13-track ‘mixtape’ which he produced at home.
“It’s been adventurous,” Arthur said when asked to describe the last 18 months. “There has been a lot of ups and downs but I now feel like I’m in a place where I’m happy and a place where I can create the best music.
“I’m writing all the time and getting back on my guitar.
“I enjoy having time off but I try not to take too much time away, I want to get better and better because I love performing.”
Arthur’s self-titled first album debuted in the UK at number two in the album chart behind rap superstar Eminem, an experience which Arthur described as bittersweet.
“I was a bit gutted that the album came out at the same time as Eminem’s, but going up against him in the charts was a dream come true.
“I felt that my album deserved the number one, but to have been mentioned in the same breath as Eminem was another dream come true.”
The 26-year-old believes that his album is one of the best to have come out of the X Factor process.
“It’s my own work,” he explained. “Nobody came to me with songs that they wanted me to do.”
Arthur worked extensively with TMS and Naughty Boy on the album and he is keen to collaborate with those producers again on his next CD.
He added: “I will be much more assertive in the studio and I’ll want a bit more control over the production.
“It will be different from the first album, I want it to have things that people who have supported me from the start, before X Factor, will recognise.
“I want to work with Naughty Boy and TMS again. I did the single (You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You) with them, which I have to thank them massively for.
“On the new album I’d like to work with as many artists as possible.”
The singer revealed that he would like to work with the frontman of Sheffield metal band Bring Me The Horizon.
He explained: “I’d love to work with Oli Sykes. I know it might be a bit of shock to some people, but I’d love to go back to my heavier roots and have him perform on one of my songs.
“It’s what I did when I first started performing, way before X Factor.
“It would be great to be respected by his fans for the music that I do.”
Arthur kicks off the Jockey Club’s summer festivals at Newmarket later this month and is back on the road performing at festivals in Europe before returning to the UK for the show at Market Rasen racecourse on August 30.
He said: “The fans in Europe are really receiving the music well and it’s great being out over there.
“And then I’m back here for the show at Market Rasen.
“Get ready to enjoy some new school mixed with some old school. There’s no gimmicks.”