She’s Blackpool’s very own music sensation and for singer and DJ Little Boots, there’s nothing quite like coming home.
The 28-year-old, from Thornton, was at the HMV store in Blackpool town centre to sign copies of her new album, Nocturnes, and meet fans.
Little Boots – real name Victoria Hesketh – said it was great to be back in Blackpool.
She added: “It’s really good to come back to the town and meet all the fans – I’ve just been to Tower Ballroom, all the nostalgia is wonderful.”
The personal appearance followed a commitment made by the singer that she would visit the Bank Hey Street store if the music store chain came out of administration.
She said: “I’m so pleased that Blackpool HMV is staying open – it’s where I bought my first album and it’s an honour that people are now buying my album in the same shop! The new record has quite a bit of dance to it and it has much more of my own take on things. I’ve just finished touring in Singapore and Hong Kong and I have a gig in Manchester next week to look forward to – I’m keeping very busy, it’s exciting.”
Neil Carpenter, HMV Blackpool store manager, added: “We were privileged to host an appearance by Little Boots when her debut album Hands came out in 2009, and since that time she’s been hugely supportive and we’ve felt a close affinity with her.
“Although highly talented, Little Boots remains really accessible and close to her fans, so you could say she’s kept her feet firmly on the ground. I love her new album and hope it is successful.”
Little Boots – a little bit of history
Little Boots, whose real name is Victoria Hesketh, has three brothers and, in her time on the Fylde coast, she was a pupil at Rossall School.
She studied cultural studies at the University of Leeds.
She entered the Pop Idol competition at the age of 16 – not getting through to the judges’ round.
But she shot to stardom on the Jools Holland show.
Little Boots was named BBC Sound of Music in 2009 – seeing off competition from Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga and La Roux.
She was a support act to the Scissor Sisters last year in London.
Nocturnes was released on May 6, through On Repeat Records.
For more information go to www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk.