That, my friend, is a pretty sweet name. How’s it pronounced?
Well, as the 23-year-old singer states proudly on Twitter: ‘Raleigh like ballet, Ritchie like Lionel’.
Is it his real name?
Sadly not. It’s actually an amalgam of the Bristol lad’s two favourite characters from Wes Anderson film ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’. That said, eagle-eyed telly fans might spot his real name (Jacob Anderson) in the credits of ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Skins’.
Was he a boom operator?
As if. He’s been a successful actor dude since breaking through in 2008 movie ‘Adulthood’. But music is totally his main gig now.
So what’s his sound?
He’s a modern pop all-rounder, with more tricks than Dynamo.
Tell me more…
‘Stronger Than Ever’ (taken from his ‘Black and Blue’ EP) is a defiant tune about moving home. Sonically, it’s an anthemic mix of piano ballad, fist-pumping rock-step and even double-time rap. He’s a smoothie too: listen out for the nu-soul swing on ‘Free Fall’ (also on ‘Black and Blue’).
The Bottom Line: Sod Lionel, say ‘hello’ to the new Ritchie in town.
You haven't 'done' Soho until you've been to a gig at The Borderline, simple as. This much-loved venue with a loyal audience has given a platform to countless bands and artists throughout its long history – stretching back over 20 years – and is still going strong today, showcasing both new and revered talent. Head in for a gig on any given day and you could find yourself moshing to rock and metal, getting busy on the dancefloor at an indie club night or perhaps soaking up the sweet tone of a folk, blues or Americana singer-songwriter. It can get a little cramped when the 275-ish capacity fills up, but that's all the better for creating an intimate atmospherewhere between artist and audience, and means you won't have to worry about elbowing your way to the front past thousands of people. A Soho musical institution. We were there when The Borderline reopened in March 2017:
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