As a musician, how do you top playing for Noel Gallagher at his O2 after-party?
For indie-pop singer-songwriter Tom Bertram, 22, it seems you do it by headlining the Wedgewood Rooms alongside one of your musical idols.
Tom, from Havant, is performing at the venue tomorrow and will be joined on stage by his producer Tim Bradshaw, who has worked with artists like Eric Clapton, David Gray, and John Mayer.
Reflecting on the significance of performing with Bradshaw, Tom says: ‘To have Tim on stage with me is crazy. When you have someone like him believe in you it makes you want to keep going.’
Fans will be pleased that the duo will be performing Tom’s second album Back Home, produced by Bradshaw and released in February earlier this year, along with three new songs they co-wrote in July.
He says: ‘No one has seen or heard these songs yet. I’m really excited about them. One is called 90s’ Kid and the influence of The Beatles and Oasis comes through. It sums up the 1990s.’
The gig comes after three excellent years for Tom. As well as touring America, he has performed live for the Twilight movie stars and Noel Gallagher. Back Home had 20,000 downloads in five days when it was released in February.
For Tom, headlining the Wedgewood Rooms will be the culmination of everything that has come before.
He continues: ‘It could well be the show that takes me up to the level I dream of and I wanted it to be in Portsmouth because that’s where I’m from and I’ve had support here for three years.
‘I want the people that were there from the beginning to see it all take off.’
To book tickets, call the Wedgewood Rooms on (023) 9286 3911 or go to tombertram.co.uk/shows. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the night and doors open at 7pm.