Tom Grennan reveals tear-inducingly awkward encounter with “hero” Alex Turner

"I did cry after"

Tom Grennan has revealed that he once had a really awkward encounter with Arctic Monkeys‘ frontman Alex Turner – so much so, that the wept afterwards.

The rising solo artist, picked as one of the NME 100 most essential new bands to keep an eye on this year, was speaking to Radio X when he revealed how he became starstruck during the unfortunate toilet encounter.

“I was in Holland and I was playing a festival,” said Grennan. “And our dressing room was next door to The Last Shadow Puppets. Alex Turner is a hero of mine, so I was like, wow. He walked in and he looked like Elvis Presley to me, man!”

Grennan continued” “And I went to the toilet and had a wee and who walks in and has a wee next to me, but Alex Turner? So I was like, I’ve got to say something here and not bottle it… and I’ve got to be cool about it, too.


“So he’s having a pee… I’m having a pee… I look at him, he looks at me. He nods the head and all I could say was… ‘I’m a massive fan, man’. BOOM – pull the trousers up, and gone… just gone. I walked out and thought, I’ve just bottled it, I’ve just blown the whole Alex Turner experience.

He added: “I did cry after. And Alex Turner probably thinks I’m a right bottle job.”

Speaking of heroes, last week saw Grennan tell NME about his ambitions for his debut album and hopes of meeting Liam Gallagher.

“I want a number one album, man – 100%. If I’m being truthful with you, I do think about that,” he said. “I won’t be disappointed if I don’t get one, well I probably will, but my aim is to just have longevity and make good music.”

Singing the praises of the evening’s Godlike Genius recipient Liam Gallagher, Grennan added that he was not only hoping to meet him, but was “100%” game for a collaboration.


“That’s my plan, man,” laughed Grennan. “I reckon Liam Gallagher will love me as well. Liam, if you’re watching – oi oi.”

In Arctic Monkeys news, after announcing a string of world tour dates in anticipation for their upcoming new album, the band are also rumoured to be performing a series of huge homecoming gigs at Hillsborough Park in their native Sheffield.

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.