Graham Candy's just been named to play Glastonbury, but who is he?

Graham Candy is the Kiwi singer/songwriter making it big in Berlin and taking on Glastonbury. Photo / Instagram
Graham Candy is the Kiwi singer/songwriter making it big in Berlin and taking on Glastonbury. Photo / Instagram

Kiwi artist Graham Candy has just been named as part of one of the biggest festival line-ups in the world. But who is he?

Most New Zealanders won't be familiar with Candy's name, as the 25-year-old's following is largely European.

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The singer-songwriter moved to Berlin in 2013, releasing his first hit She Moves - a collaboration with German DJ Alle Farben- the following year. It reached gold status in Germany selling over 170,000 copies and charted all around Europe.

Now, Candy's been named to play Glastonbury later this month, alongside the likes of Adele, Coldplay, PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros and more, and will also play Lollapalooza Berlin with Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon come September.

But before all of that, he was a Kiwi kid from Auckland's Rothesay Bay who "skipped classes in school to play guitar".

A Rangitoto College student, Candy claimed 7th place in the 2008 Play it Strange national secondary school songwriting competition for a song called Lasts Forever, and played in a band called The Lost Boys.

Candy's big break came while running a music pub called The Portland Public House, in which he would play cover songs occasionally.

It was there Matthias Muller from Berlin-based Crazy Planet Records saw him and reached out to him.

He's now released his debut album Plan A, featuring his popular single Back Into It.

And he's just finished touring with massive German act Silbermond.

Graham Candy is definitely another Kiwi making it big overseas, and one you should keep an eye on. You can check him out here.

And here's the full Glastonbury line-up announcement, which you can see in better detail on their website.

The Glastonbury line-up. Photo / Glastonbury
The Glastonbury line-up. Photo / Glastonbury

- NZ Herald

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