Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour kicked off earlier this month and is swiftly making its way across North America. Gracie Abrams is currently opening for Olivia, until later this month when Holly Humberstone will take over for the remaining US shows. But who will join Olivia in the UK and Europe?
Meet Baby Queen. The 24-year-old South African-born British musician who is one to watch for 2022. Born Arabella, the rising star moved to London aged eighteen to pursue a career in music and signed her first record deal on Zoom during lockdown in 2020.
She released her first EP Medicine a few months later, which The Line of Best Fit called “an infectious pop-led trip into the dark parts of modern life.” The record featured singles such as ‘Buzzkill’, ‘Internet Religion’ and ‘Want Me’ – which one can assume is Olivia’s personal favourite from the text thread tweeted below.
it’s brutal out here 😉 pic.twitter.com/iRmhhhvkVK
— BABY QUEEN (@babyqueen) December 6, 2021
Citing Taylor Swift as her inspiration, the first time Baby Queen realised she wanted to be a musician was when she was around 11 or 12.
“That was it for me: I came home from school one day and saw the ‘Love Story’ music video on TV, and I was like, who is that? And like, what is going on here? Because this is really cool, what’s happening. I always wrote — like, I wrote little tunes about my sausage dogs and stuff, just for fun. And then I was like, Oh damn, I want to move to Hollywood or Nashville and be the next Taylor Swift. I used to make country bops where I sang in, like, the tiniest American accent ever. I was literally just copying Taylor Swift.” (x)
Baby Queen released her debut mixtape titled The Yearbook in September 2021. In December, she was announced as a nominee for BBC Sound of 2022. Her latest release is the single ‘Wannabe’, accompanied by a music video. Self-described as “an underdog anthem”, the song explores self-acceptance and embracing the labels other people have tried to hurt you with. “If you want to be a wannabe, baby / Then set yourself free and you can be a loser like me.”
The song is not yet attributed to an album, but we’re hoping for an announcement soon! In the meantime, Baby Queen will be the Sour Tour support act for all shows in Europe, the UK and Ireland.
Click here for the full list of tour dates.