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Tom Grennan says he’s on a “positive journey” following attack in New York

He's teased an "uplifting" new single, which is set to arrive "very, very soon"

By Tom Skinner

Tom Grennan poses for a press shot
Tom Grennan, 2022 (Picture: Press)

Tom Grennan has said that he’s keeping positive as he “look[s] forward” after being physically assaulted in New York last month.

The singer-songwriter fell victim to an “unprovoked attack and robbery” outside a bar in Manhattan following a headline show in NYC. He was hospitalised and forced to postpone his scheduled gig in Washington, D.C. the next evening.

Grennan resumed his North American tour a few dates later, and thanked his fans for their “unbelievable” and “overwhelming” support on social media.

The ‘Evering Road’ artist returned to the stage in the UK on Saturday (May 28) as part of Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022, which took place in Coventry.

Speaking to the station’s Newsbeat (via BBC News), Grennan reflected on the New York incident. “I hope that whoever did it to me got the help that they needed,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that [the attack] happened but I’m living my dream now.”

Grennan continued: “It’s been a positive journey, I’ve been trying to keep positive. I’ve got to look forward.”

As for focusing on the future, the musician revealed that he’ll be releasing a new single “very, very soon” while explaining that he’d be moving away from ballads for his next era. He described his upcoming third album as “colourful” and “exciting”.

“It’s all uplifting, up tempo – I want what the people want, fun,” he added.

Grennan performed on Big Weekend’s Future Sounds stage, which also hosted sets from the likes of Sam Fender, Foals, Fontaines D.C., Sigrid, Wet Leg and Holly Humberstone.

Back in March, Grennan shared a rousing new single called ‘Remind Me’. “I wanted to write a song that reminded me of a moment in my life where I realised I had given up something that was really making a difference in my life – in a good way,” he explained at the time.

“It’s about reconnecting. It’s that feeling when you’re at the top of the rollercoaster and you’re like: this is the best feeling.”

Tom Grennan will play a homecoming headline show at Bedford Park this Saturday (June 4), marking his biggest performance to date.