Tom Grennan on his meetings with “heroes” Liam Gallagher, Alex Turner and Dave Grohl

Grennan is gearing up for a "biblical" show at Brixton Academy

Tom Grennan has been having one hell of a year – meeting his “heroes” Liam Gallagher, Alex Turner and Dave Grohl. Now, he’s planning for his ‘biblical’ headline show at Brixton Academy. Watch our video interview with Grennan above.

The rising solo artist, picked as one of the NME 100 most essential new bands to keep an eye on this year, was on the red carpet of the BRIT Awards 2018 – where we asked him about his night at the VO5 NME Awards last week, and if he met his aim of meeting Liam Gallagher.

“Wow, a bit loose man – it was a wicked night,” said Grennan, “I enjoyed every minute of it, I’m not going to lie to you. I saw Liam, LG, and then I was happy man. I met him, I got to shake his hand, it was alright.

“He didn’t look at me when he did it, do you know what I mean? But yeah, he was cool.”


Tom Grennan

We also had to ask him about revealing to the world his awkward encounter about meeting Alex Turner in a toilet.

“That was the most embarrassing time,” replied Grennan. “I bottled it and ran away. If I meet him again, then I’ll tell him about it. I bottled it, hard. He’s my hero man.

“A lot of people laughed, a lot of people gave me a bit of grief for it, I’m not gonna lie. But that’s the story, that’s how it went.”

And as for the BRITs themelves, Grennan had his sites on reuniting with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Dave Grohl, if I can. I actually met him about two or three weeks ago in LA. I had a good old conversation with him, so I’d like to have a good old conversation with him again.”


“He’s one of my heroes. It was just general chit-chat, man –  we were just talking about Glastonbury. He was well cool.”

Meanwhile, he’s also pretty excited about his biggest show to date – headlining the O2 Academy in Brixton.

“It’s crazy. I never thought I’d play the shows that I’ve played and am about to play,” Grennan told NME. “To be putting on Brixton without even an album out is blowing my mind.

“We’re going to make it biblical, mate. We’re going to make it feel like Jesus Christ has come back to life. It’s going to be a proper, proper show – proper Spinal Tap.”

Tom Grennan on tour

Meanwhile, Grennan just announced his biggest headline show to date at The O2 Academy in Brixton on October 16. Full UK and Ireland tour dates are below, with tickets available here.

16 Mar – Bristol – SWX
17 Mar – Birmingham – Institute
18 Mar – Norwich – Waterfront
20 Mar – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
22 Mar – Manchester Ritz
23 Mar – Glasgow – ABC
24 Mar – Nottingham – Rock City
25 Mar – Sheffield Leadmill
01 Jul – TRNSMT Festival – Glasgow
01 Jul – Community Festival – London
27 Jul – Kendal Calling
28 Jul – Y-Not Festival
04 Aug – Neverworld – Kent
05 Aug – Indiependence – Cork
24 Aug – Reading Festival
26 Aug – Leeds Festival
01 Sep – Tuckerville Festival – Holland
 16 Oct – London, O2 Academy Brixton

Grennan releases his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ on March 9.