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George Ezra shares sunny single ‘Green Green Grass’ and announces 2022 tour

The singer-songwriter is bringing his third album 'Gold Rush Kid' to UK and Ireland arenas this autumn

By Tom Skinner

a still of George Ezra in the official lyric video for his new single 'Green Green Grass'
George Ezra – 'Green Green Grass' official lyric video. CREDIT: Press/Still

George Ezra has released a new single called ‘Green Green Grass’ and announced a UK/Ireland area tour.

The singer-songwriter debuted the uplifting track during his recent comeback show at the London Palladium. In a review of the intimate performance, Rolling Stone UK described the song as a “typically sunny” addition to Ezra‘s catalogue.

As the musician explained to the crowd that night, ‘Green Green Grass’ was inspired by his past travels to warmer climes. It serves as the second preview of Ezra’s third album ‘Gold Rush Kid’, which comes out June 10 via Columbia Records. Lead single ‘Anyone For You (Tiger Lily)’ arrived in January.

“I was on holiday in St Lucia with a few friends at Christmas 2018, with two of my closest mates from home,” Ezra explained of ‘Green Green Grass’ in a statement.

“We were in this beach bar, drinking homemade rum punch and Piton, the local lager, flip-flopping between the two, pissing about with three local guys who worked there. And this music started up, three streets back from the sea.”

He continued: “After about half an hour, I had to go see what it was. And there was a street party going on, with three different sound systems, people cooking in the street. I asked a woman what was going on and she told me it was a funeral – for three people.

“They were celebrating three lives! I thought: that is not how we do this at home. And it’s really beautiful.”

In the chorus, Ezra sings: “Green, green grass/ Blue, blue sky/ You better throw a party/ On the day that I die.”

This bright side outlook is captured in the single’s summery official lyric video, which finds a shades-donning Ezra driving carefree down a scenic country road. You can watch the clip above.

George Ezra has also announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for this autumn – see the full schedule below and find ticket details here.

As confirmed previously, Ezra is due to play his biggest show to date at London’s Finsbury Park on July 17. Support will come from Blossoms, Holly Humberstone and more.

17 – Finsbury Park, London

12 – Boardmasters, Cornwall

13 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
14 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
16 – The AO Arena, Manchester
20 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
22 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
25 – P&J Live, Aberdeen
26 – The OVO Hydro, Glasgow
28 – SSE Arena, Belfast
29 – 3Arena, Dublin

1 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
2 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield

Reviewing the singer-songwriter’s one-off London gig earlier this month, Rolling Stone UK wrote: “Ezra’s ability to get the whole crowd dancing proved that he’ll have no trouble doing the same when he plays to 60,000 fans at Finsbury Park this summer. If last night’s performance is anything to go by, it’ll be George providing the sunshine.”