Franko Fraize announces Reading and Leeds appearance as part of big summer ahead

Franko Fraize s at The Hideout in Thetford.

Franko Fraize s at The Hideout in Thetford. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A Thetford rapper says everything is in place to break into the big time as he releases a new single and prepares for a summer of live shows.

Franko Fraize signed a deal with Polydor last June and is hoping to top that this summer as he releases his second single and supports Rudimental at Thetford Forest.

The single, provisionally titled 'Only', will be accompanied by a video filmed in his home town.

And after a year of hard work, Franko says he is ready for a break.

'When I was trying to get the deal there was a lot of politics and meetings to get there, which takes up a lot of time.

'Since then, I've been able to work hard on writing new stuff, working with the band and getting the live thing sorted, and now it's all there, ready to go.

'I just need the radio to get behind the single, and hopefully it will all take off from there,' he said.

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The coming weeks will see Franko working on a live set with his band in preparation for June's forest gigs, with a show at Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury also planned. He announced on Thursday he will also play Reading and Leeds festival.

He has already been out on tour this year with the band, which includes Thetford vocalist and producer, Tone, and performed in Norwich last Friday at Open.

He said the Rudimental show, on June 30, was a perfect fit.

'When I first started, me and my manager said the ideal support slot for me would be Rudimental, as there's a lot of similar elements to the music. A few months later and we had the gig – it was amazing.

'It's going to be a massive show. It's supporting a huge band, with two sold-out shows, and the fact that one is in my home town, which is beautiful,' he said.

Are you playing a big show this summer?Contact arts correspondent Emma Knights on emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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