Gareth Icke is a singer/songwriter, author & former international beach soccer player from Derby, England.
Here is a bit about him.
Gareth’s second album, A Brand New Battle, has just been released by Manchester based label, Eromenos Media.
You can purchase the album by clicking onto the Buy page.
The first single off the album, titled ‘Remember Who You Are’ was greatly received and has already racked up over 140,000 hits on You Tube. To watch the video, check out the media page.
“This man has the world in his hands, and I for one wouldn’t count him out of world domination, he is that good.” Sonic Observer
“The post punk pop (of Remember who you are) is a well produced showcase of Icke’s talent as a songwriter, not only is the melody one that wouldn’t sound out of place on national radio but the song is musically quite playful, employing pauses, breakdowns and a bridge that Coldplay or U2 would be proud of.” Vectis Radar
”A bitter sweet album full of emotion and thought provoking lyrics, Gareth proves here that he is a major emerging songwriter, his music can stand up against the biggest names in the industry.” Cool Manchester
A Brand New Battle was recorded on the Isle of Wight at Studio 5a.
This year Gareth has played the Bestival, the Isle of Wight Festival, and a massive 6000 people sell out show at Wembley Arena. 2013 is an even bigger year with European, UK and Worldwide tours on the calender.
He has struggled to tour until the end of the year after suffering a horrendous double broken leg while playing football. After surgery and months of rest, Gareth is ready to get back on the road.
Gareth was a founding member of the rock band Kody. He played several tours and Festivals across the UK and also, a two week tour of America where the band achieved a large amount of their success. The band split and Gareth became a solo artist in 2008.
In December 2009, he released his debut album ‘It gets worse at night’ through Icon Records. The 10 track album was recorded and produced by Dan Swift (Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Aqualung) and received great reviews upon its release.
The album was released on iTunes, Amazon, Play etc all across the World.
“his voice is both soothing and plaintive and moves most powerfully when the music falls back into the quietude of simple guitar picking for accompaniment; creating the kind of ambivalent tension reminiscent of a Lord Byron poem or a David Sedaris essay. Even when he’s singing about the kind of loneliness that gets worse at night, there’s a strange hopefulness in his voice that reassures things will all work out alright in the end.” - Jasmine Anderson , Biocritics.
“The problem with being a failed musician is that whenever you find yourself listening to pure talent you feel jealous and perhaps a little nauseous as you realise that you’ll never be that good. As a failed musician, when I listen to Gareth Icke, I feel like I’m in the throes of death…..but it’s a happy death.” - Alex Baker, KERRANG!
Gareth has toured tirelessly over the past few years taking him as far a field as the USA. He has played Top festivals including The Isle of Wight festival, Norway’s Quart Festival, The Festival Scene Des Brassage & Festival Sors De Chez Toi, both in France, as well as many UK tours.
The records opening track, ‘It Feels Like A Race’ was championed by radio stations all over the Country including Kerrang Radio, BBC 6 Music and Steve Wright’s Afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. The songs music video has now reached over 65,000 youtube hits.
Gareth was regularly headlining top London venues such as the Borderline, South of the Border and The Barfly. In 2010, Gareth completed a national UK tour, a ten date tour in Germany and played two great festivals in France. He also completed his 4th Liberty Tour along with Alan Frew and Jono. The Liberty Tour is a collective of the best independant acoustic artists. It puts them together and sends them out on tours across Britain and Europe.
In 2011 Gareth started writing his first book, How NOT to be a rock star. The book is about the trials and tribulations of being in a failing punk rock band, called Kody.
There are plenty of biopics about success, but very few about failure.
The stories is ‘How NOT to be a rock star’ will have you laughing and crying in the same breath. All the stories are 100% true. Fact is indeed stranger than fiction.
Whether it be accidentally killing a drunk in South Wales, or being surrounded by armed gunmen in London, the book will have you engrossed.
How NOT to be a rock star is currently being printed. It should be available by the end of August.
To purchase the book, keep checking the Book page.
Beach Soccer Player.
Gareth Icke was an England International Beach Soccer player from 2004 – 2010.
He has earned several caps representing England in front of live TV audiences all over the World.
Gareth has played against the best players in the World.
He has done articles for 442 magazine, the Daily Star and had his music featured on the titles of Nuts TV Beach Soccer show.
Despite the leg injury, he has vowed to get back on the sand and once again represent England. It’s a long process as it will be another 6 months before Gareth can even kick a ball.
Gareth has attempted many charity fundraising attempts such as swimming the Solent from the Isle of Wight to mainland England. Check out the charity page for videos.
In 2013, he is attempting the biggest one yet.
Along with his housemate, he’ll be attempting the Mighty Triathlon.
A 4 mile swim from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth. A 191 mile walk from Portsmouth to Derby, and then a 296 mile cycle on to Glasgow.
The triathlon is named after a very special boy named Lewis Mighty. Lewis lost his battle with Neuroblastoma in May 2012.
They hope to raise money, but mainly awareness for the Lewis Mighty Fund.