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For someone who was, by his own admission, "extremely shy" as a young child, Ethan Barnett, aka TEN TONNES, cuts a strikingly confident figure. The 22-year-old musician from Hertford possesses a breezy, seemingly effortless ability to fashion snap-crackle lyrics and earworm melodies.

It's a trait that's very much in evidence throughout his self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on April 5th via Warner Bros. Records.

Its single 'Better Than Me' made a big impression at radio. Annie Mac was on board for the track's first play, while further Radio 1 backing included a Maida Vale session for Jack Saunders plus support from Dev and Alice. Subsequent airplay included the daytime list at Radio X and Chris Hawkins at 6 Music.

That momentum continued unabated into 2019 with further airplay from Annie Mac at Radio 1, Lauren Laverne at 6 Music and Jo Whiley at Radio 2, where it was added to the C List. 'Better Than Me' was also played on Chris Evans' first show for Virgin Radio, which TEN TONNES soon followed by landing daytime support.

And to cap it all, TEN TONNES was featured in YouTube's 'Ones To Watch 2019' playlist as well as Radio X's 'Great X-Pectations' list of the best new music, artists and bands for 2019.

2018 saw TEN TONNES complete a busy year of touring which he concluded by hitting the UK and Europe as guest to his brother George Ezra. He also played packed arenas with Stereophonics, instigated chaotic scenes with Rat Boy and won over crowds when touring with Tom Grennan. He's now about to embark upon a sold-out headline tour which culminates in his biggest show to date at London's Scala.

That's where Ethan's at now. The question is, how did he get here?

His parents, both teachers, encouraged their children to be creative and to express themselves. Ethan's dad "had a couple of guitars around the house, and there was always music on, things like Paul Simon and Van Morrison." He started out playing drums at the age of nine before switching to guitar five years later.

That passion continued, leading Ethan to study music production at York University. He quickly discovered it wasn't for him. "For me, when it comes to music, I want to do it, not learn about the theory. I wanted to get out there and go for it. Besides, so much of that course was about the science of it, and I'm absolutely shit at science. I mean, really bad. And working out what a sound is, I'm not bothered about that. I just want to make the sound."

That year in York involved, Ethan says, a lot of late nights and very little work. "I ended up getting zero marks, because I didn't hand any work in. My parents were very good about it, all things considered."

TEN TONNES instead focused his attention on his own songwriting.
He first gained attention in 2016 with an independently released three-track debut EP, before releasing the follow-up 'Born To Lose' under a new deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2017. A succession of singles followed, from 'Cracks Between' to 'Better Than Me', each of which delivered new admirers who had become enamoured with his talents.

Ethan isn't bothered about what people call his music - besides, it's out of his hands now, he says. Mention genres such as garage-rock and folk-pop and he smiles enigmatically; adjectives like propulsive, raucous and tender produce a similar response. It's all just music, isn't it, he eventually suggests. "Everyone goes on about things being cool or not cool, but I can't see the point of that. What does it mean, anyway?"

Now TEN TONNES is set to release his eagerly anticipated debut album, which combines a host of new material with some of the fan favourites which have accompanied his story so far.

Opening with a tenacious new take on his debut track 'Lucy', the album finds TEN TONNES exploring "the highs, the lows and the in-betweens of love and relationships" throughout a contemporary collection of sharp-witted rock 'n' roll anthems.

While TEN TONNES plays with self-deprecating and unlucky-in-love experiences on the likes of 'Better Than Me' and 'Born To Lose', the album also explores the relatable emotions of a young man who's eager to experience life outside of his hometown.

'Nights In, Nights Out' (one of two songs co-written with former Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson) tackles "seeing the same old faces around town and needing to break the cycle", but 'Missing You' addresses bittersweet feelings of leaving. The two songs share contradictory but parallel emotions - wanting to escape but realising then what you're missing once you're gone.

Those ideas are further delved into with the reflective 'Too Late'.
"It's about being away from a relationship on the other side of the world," he explains. "I need to make the most of this incredible opportunity I've been afforded, but part of me wants to be back home in the pub chatting shit with my friends."

TEN TONNES recorded the album with producers Hugo White (previously of The Maccabees) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, The Killers, Liam Gallagher). The pair maximised his potential with two different approaches which yielded a cohesive, free-flowing set of songs with the driving energy of TEN TONNES' live shows. White encouraged him to capture one-take live performances with backing from Maccabees' duo Rupert Shepherd (bass) and Sam Doyle (drums). Meanwhile, Grech focused on making each part TEN TONNES recorded (vocals, guitar, bass, keys) as tight as he possibly could.

The album also features co-writes with Crispin Hunt (Florence + The Machine, Jake Bugg, Lana Del Rey) and Luke Potashnick (Charlie Puth, James Blunt).

"It's amazing that I get to work with these people and get to call them friends and colleagues," concludes TEN TONNES. "My only ambition was to have an album out, so it feels quite strange that it's happening. I'm super fucking happy about it, and I can't wait to hold it in my hands."

"A young British artist crafting impossibly infectious alt-pop songs like it's no big deal." - BBC Introducing

"'G.I.V.E.' feels like a level up for the promising prodigy." - Dork

"Captures that magical moment when a tyro musician is poised to go off like a rocket." - Sunday Times Culture

"An extremely exciting prospect." - DIY

"This is my favourite new song of the moment... I think it's amazing, I love it." - Chris Evans

"That's so good! It's TEN TONNES, he played in session for me on the previous incarnation of this show - and was really impressive." - Jo Whiley

"You can't listen to his music without having a big grin on your face." - Vogue

"Destined to become a pop heavyweight in 2019." - Daily Star

"Expect big things." - The Sun

"A brilliantly talented young man." - Gordon Smart, Radio X

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  • 24 Aug, 2019

    Saturday 24th August: Reading & Leeds Festivals

    The second day of the Reading and Leeds festivals, will feature The 1975 headlining in Leeds, and many other Primary Talent International artists at both sites.

    Reading Festival: Saturday
    ...Counterfeit
    ...Bad Nerves
    ...Sports Team
    ...The Japanese House
    ...Sons of Raphael
    ...D-Block Europe
    ...Bexey
    ...Aitch
    ...Belako
    ...Alfie Templeman

    www.readingfestival.com

    Leeds Festival: Saturday
    ...The 1975
    ...The Wombats
    ...You Me At Six
    ...Twin Atlantic
    ...Kawala
    ...Dave
    ...Fredo
    ...Circa Waves
    ...Pale Waves
    ...The Night Café
    ...BLOXX
    ...Bowling For Soup
    ...Puppy
    ...Patent Pending
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...No Rome
    ...Zuzu
    ...DigDat
    ...Tiffany Calver
    ...Deno
    ...Just Banco
    ...Swimming Girls

    www.leedsfestival.com

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  • 22 Aug, 2019

    Friday 23rd August: Reading & Leeds Festivals

    The Reading and Leeds Festival weekend begins on Friday, with The 1975 headlining the main stage at Reading and featuring a whole host of Primary Talent International artists, across all stages at both events.

    Reading Festival: Friday
    ...The 1975
    ...The Wombats
    ...You Me At Six
    ...Twin Atlantic
    ...Kawala
    ...Dave
    ...Fredo
    ...Circa Waves
    ...Pale Waves
    ...The Night Café
    ...BLOXX
    ...Bowling For Soup
    ...Puppy
    ...Patent Pending
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...No Rome
    ...Zuzu
    ...DigDat
    ...Tiffany Calver
    ...Deno
    ...Just Banco
    ...Swimming Girls

    www.readingfestival.com

    Leeds Festival: Friday
    ...Mayday Parade
    ...Sundara Karma
    ...CHILDCARE
    ...Everyone You Know
    ...nothing,nowhere.
    ...Anteros
    ...Æ MAK
    ...Vistas
    ...Big Heath

    www.leedsfestival.com

    Reading Leeds
  • 27 Jul, 2019

    Bingley Weekender 2019

    The Bingley Weekender, takes place from 30th August until 1st September, and features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists:

    Friday 30th August
    ...Kawala
    Saturday 31st August
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Circa Waves
    ...Fickle Friends
    ...Anteros
    ...Sports Team
    ...Zuzu
    ...Saint Agnes
    ...TOUTS
    Sunday 1st September
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...The Night Café

    www.bingleyweekender.co.uk

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  • 27 Jun, 2019

    Glastonbury Festival: Sunday 30th June, 2019

    The Cure will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, and the day features many artists from the Primary Talent International roster.

    11.50-12.30: Circa Waves (Other Stage)
    14.30-15.30: Self Esteem (Pussy Parlure)
    16.00-16.40: Nilüfer Yanya (William's Green)
    16.00-17.00: Joy Crookes (Pussy Parlure)
    16.00-17.00: Tiffany Calver (Gully Blues)
    17.00-18.00: Steel Banglez (Gully Blues)
    17.15-18.15: Ray BLK (Sonic)
    17.15-18.15: Loyle Carner (Other Stage)
    17.20-18.20: The Bootleg Beatles (Acoustic Stage)
    18.00-18.40: Ten Tonnes (William's Green)
    18.00-19.00: DJ Vadim ft Kiko Bun (The Bug at Arcadia)
    20.15-21.15: Dave (Other Stage)
    21.15-23.30: The Cure (Pyramid Stage)
    21.30-22.45: The Streets (John Peel Stage)
    23.15-00.30: Maverick Sabre (Sonic)
    00.00-01.00: Kasra (Arcadia's Pangea)
    01.00-02.00: High Contrast DJ (Samula)
    01.00-03.00: Mike Skinner DJ (The Rum Shack)

    www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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  • 13 Jun, 2019

    Neighbourhood Festival 2019

    The Neighbourhood Festival takes place at various venues around Manchester on Saturday 12th October, including Primary Talent International artists:

    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...Sports Team
    ...Good Cop Bad Cop
    ...BLOXX
    ...Alfie Templeman
    ...Childcare
    ...Just Mustard
    ...Oscar Lang
    ...Social Contract
    ...Talk Show
    ...The Pale White

    www.neighbourhoodfestival.com

  • 15 Apr, 2019

    Truck Festival 2019

    The Truck Festival takes place at Hill Farm, Oxfordshire from 26th-28th July and features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists, including the headliners.

    ...Wolf Alice
    ...Two Door Cinema Club
    ...You Me At Six
    ...The Hot 8 Brass Band
    ...The Japanese House
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...Spector
    ...Sports Team
    ...Puppy
    ...Vistas
    ...Anteros
    ...Swimming Girls
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...Alfie Templeman
    ...Zuzu
    ...Saint Agnes

    www.truckfestival.com

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  • 21 Mar, 2019

    Ten Tonnes: New Video 'Lucy'

    Ten Tonnes premieres his new video for 'Lucy' in the NME. His self-titled debut album is released on 3rd May, see him on tour in the UK throughout that month.

    www.nme.com/news/music/watch-ten-tonnes-go-cosmic-journey-new-video-lucy-2463500

  • 31 Dec, 2018

    Radio X: 'Best New Music, Bands & Artists For 2019'

    Radio X have published their list of the 'Best New Music, Bands & Artists For 2019', which includes Primary Talent International artists:

    ...Anteros
    ...Chappaqua Wrestling
    ...Fuzzy Sun
    ...Sports Team
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...Zuzu

    www.radiox.co.uk/new-music/best-new-music-artists-bands-2019

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  • 26 Dec, 2018

    Ten Tonnes: Featured In NME

    Ten Tonnes discusses Tom Petty, touring with George Ezra & playing Wembley three times in 2018 with the NME.

    www.nme.com/news/music/ten-tonnes-on-how-tom-petty-inspired-his-debut-album-and-the-honour-of-playing-wembley-three-times-in-2018-2424558

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  • 13 Aug, 2018

    Rize Festival 2018

    The Rize Festival takes place next weekend in Chelmsford, Essex & features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists.

    Friday 17th August
    ...Plan B
    ...Circa Waves
    ...Dave
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Jacob Banks
    ...Brand New Friend

    Saturday 18th August
    ...Maximo Park
    ...The Manor
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...Kawala
    ...Majestic
    ...Jaguar Skills
    ...Spring King
    ...Ten Tonnes

    www.rizefestival.co.uk

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29 Sep 19TRIXAntwerp, Belgium
30 Sep 191999Paris, France
01 Oct 19BitterzoetAmsterdam, Netherlands
02 Oct 19MolotowHamburg, Germany
04 Oct 19Ideal BarCopenhagen, Denmark
05 Oct 19PrivatclubBerlin, Germany
06 Oct 19OrangehouseMunich, Germany
07 Oct 19Helios 37Cologne, Germany
10 Oct 19Electric BrixtonLondon
11 Oct 19Leeds Beckett UniversityLeeds
12 Oct 19Neighbourhood FestivalManchester
12 Oct 19The Neighbourhood FestivalManchester
14 Oct 19The Liquid RoomEdinburgh
15 Oct 19RiversideNewcastle Upon Tyne
16 Oct 19The Trinity CentreBristol