Tour Diary: Singer-songwriter Jade Bird (UK) takes us behind the scenes of her recent US tour

Over the last couple of years, London-based singer-songwriter Jade Bird, has enjoyed something of a breakthrough. Within the last twelve months alone she has found herself on several end of year Best of round-ups, was selected for the BBC Sound of 2018 and won the 2018 Grulke Prize for developing non-US act at SXSW. She’s also appeared made her US television debut, with appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, whilst in the UK she’s performed on the long running ‘Later’ with Jools Holland.

Even more recently Jade has been on tour throughout the United States, supporting Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, and is also confirmed to perform at several US festivals, including Hangout Fest later this month, and the iconic Newport Folk Festival in July. April also saw Jade release her self-titled debut album, via Glassnote Records, to great reviews both in the UK and the US.

Whilst on the road with Hozier, Jade kept a tour diary and is kindly letting us share part of it with us. Read on for a glimpse behind the scenes of a day in the life of Jade as she traversed the United States earlier this year…

So I am on tour with Hozier at the moment and am driving from city to city in the US. I’m not sure what I’m doing here but this me in the car!

When we get to the venue I usually hang out, listen to music and if I have time I will try and write a new song…there is some bad ironing done too…occasionally


There have been some amazing venues on this tour so far and this is my sound checking and getting ready for the gig. Its amazing to look out at this view!


After soundcheck, I have some food and get ready for the show. My routine includes warming up my voice…its a steamer Grandma don’t worry

The audiences on this tour have been absolutely incredible when I finished my set in Buffalo they stood up for me and it made me cry!!!!!!! I can’t quite believe it happened.

Jade Bird’s self-titled debut album is available now through Glassnote Records. Be sure to chuck Jade a like of a follow across on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.