UNITED KINGDOM – Eurovision singer Joe Woolford can’t wait for his next big gig on home soil. After singing for 200 million TV viewers and collecting Justin Timberlake as a celebrity fan , the Ruthin star’s buzzing about the concert in Rhyl this summer. “I’m looking forward to it,” admits Joe, who with fellow singer Jake Shakeshaft performs at the four-day Coast2Coast Festival in Rhyl. Joe and Jake first met when they got through the blind auditions in BBC talent show The Voice, before teaming up to compete at Eurovision.
Joe said: “Jake and I have obviously done gigs in Europe and around London but it will be mine and Jake’s first gig on home turf. I performed in Rhyl last year but I’m really excited to be going back. It’s going to be a nice feeling as things have changed in the last 12 months in a positive way. I can’t wait to do it now. It’s going to be great.”
He’s still upbeat about the great support from the public despite finishing third from bottom singing You’re Not Alone with Jake Shakeshaft at Eurovision in Stockholm. Jamala from Ukraine won with the song 1944 .
“The UK really got behind us. Our main aim was to make them proud and it looks like we’ve done that. Our social media has grown, we’re booked for gigs all over the country and in Europe so it’s very positive. Social media’s a huge thing, especially with being on The Voice. I’ve got the likes of Rita Ora and will.i.am following us on Twitter @JoeandJakemusic. It’s a great feeling. We get a few people not liking us as well so we have to put up with that but that’s all part of the trade,” he laughs.
Rumours have spread that the BBC might give Jake and Joe presenting jobs but their “main priority is music”, says Joe. A second single is due out this summer.
“We want something happy, upbeat and fun. Jake and I have a laugh and we want to portray that in our music.”
Coast2Coast opens with a comedy night with popular Welsh comedians Zoe Lyons and Steve Williams topping the bill alongside Smug Roberts, known for appearances in the popular Peter Kay TV show Phoenix Nights, and Javier Jarquin of Card Ninja fame. The festival climaxes on Saturday, July 30, with UB40 taking to the stage performing many of their huge hits such as Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe, Please Don’t Make Me Cry and Many Rivers to Cross.