The West Yorkshire derby between Wakefield and Leeds is not the only spectacle the Rapid Solicitors Stadium has on offer tonight as local artist Frances Wood is performing live in the build-up.
It will be the second time the singer songwriter has performed live at a game, following her superb appearance before the Rhinos fixture in 2012 as the Wildcats went on to win 38-18.
Frances is best known for her fantastic performances in the BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ where she reached the finals under her mentor will.i.am. Before the flurry on TV performances last year she would often be seen busking in Wakefield city centre or performing at local venues to gain publicity.
The teenager says she can’t wait to perform at the home of the Wildcats where she has cheered on her team over the past years.
“My dad is a big supporter of Wakefield Wildcats so I’ve grown up with him taking me to the games so I’ve always watched, I’m not a massive rugby fan but I understand the game and I certainly am a Wildcat.
“This time I have a nice stage so it will feel much more like a proper performance whereas before I was stood on the pitch. It’s also a really big game with it being a derby against Leeds and I want my local fans to hear my music first and especially my first single that I’m releasing later this year.
“It was a really good game last year at my first performance there and I used to go all the time when I was little and it was really good and now I’ve done it once I know what to expect so I can let myself go a little bit more this time.”
The Wakefield born star is a keen songwriter and has wowed her audiences since the age of four when she first discovered her talent at a holiday park, she explains where she stands in the music industry.
“I am a singer songwriter and every song that I put out I will write myself or co-write it leading musicians so they do the music and I do the lyrics and the melody so we can produce it as a team.
“Last year I had different management where I was doing a lot of the work myself by finding out information about the industry which involved going backwards and forwards to London, sleeping on my friends couches, all the glamorous stuff.
“This year I’ve managed to get new management which are really efficient and we are in talks with labels now.
“I’m also collaborating with some really good artists but it’s all hush, hush at the moment but it’s all happening which is good. I’m also writing my album at the moment and that should be out later this year.
“I am going to promote my single and I’m starting local at Leeds Metropolitan University on the 31st May by performing there and from there we are in talks with a number of other venues to help promote my first single. I’ll be on the radio to plug it and just getting my name and voice out there.”
You can follow Frances on Twitter by clicking @FrancesRWood.
Tickets are available on the turnstiles at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this evening and with a huge crowd expected the club are advising fans to arrive with plenty of time before the 8pm kick-off. Adults tickets are £22 while juniors and concessions are just £12.
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