Hebburn songstress, Megan Dhalai, returns to Newcastle’s O2 Academy Two for the third successive year this April as she looks to kick-start what is hoped will be a memorable 2019.
Megan, 20, has already been around music for more than half of her young life, even studying it now at Newcastle College where she has the added benefit of quality rehearsal spaces.
Although her initial dreams in the industry were of going down the reality show route to stardom, Megan has decided that, with the assistance of those close to her, to fight for a place among the stars saying: “I would prefer to work hard for something and have artistic control over everything instead of being thrown into something where everyone is conformed to stereotypes.
“Therefore, this year, I want to officially get back into writing my own music, as well as hopefully releasing my first single.
“I don’t want to be held back from writing music that isn’t my style and I think that, this year, for me, is to finally find my own sound and begin releasing more, perform more, and build myself within the music industry.”
Alongside her upcoming appearance at the Academy, where she’ll be supported by the established Sam Gibson, and up-and-coming artists Keiran Bowe and Sophie Gordon (Sophie G), Megan is also hopeful of a mini-tour (of sorts) of her local schools, giving something back to her community.
Returning to the Academy is an intended first step upon what is a very big ladder for Megan, adding: “I hope to be able to go from what I am doing now, to tours of a much bigger scale.
“In the next few years I hope to be touring, recording an EP, or maybe and album, depending on what stage of my career I’m at.
“I’ve performed on the larger stages for the past few years and I love playing at the Academy, especially upstairs in the smaller room which I think brings the crowds to life a lot more.”
Recently adding a manager to help guide her through the ongoing circle of the music industry, Peter Mann added: “I’m proud of what she’s doing as I know it’s hard, not just in the industry but for Megan as a whole.
“She’s juggling important studies as well as selling tickets, rehearsing, and writing new material for this show, and beyond.
“However, it bodes well for the future and we’re looking at a few other outings this year for her as well, it’s just a case of finding the right gigs at the right time.”
Megan Dhalai, with support from Sam Gibson, Keiran Bowe and Sophie Gordon, appear at the O2 Academy (Two) on April 19; doors from 6:30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets are available now priced at £6 and are available from all the artists as well as via www.ticketmaster.co.uk.