Sheffield X Factor star excited by huge tour

Lucy Spraggan launches her new album at HMV in Sheffield.
Lucy Spraggan launches her new album at HMV in Sheffield.
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Sheffield X Factor star Lucy Spraggan is not expecting to run out of material any time soon – with 200 songs already written.

Lucy, from Stannington, arrives at the city’s 02 Academy on Thursday as part of her biggest national tour yet.

Lucy Spraggan performs at the Christmas lights switch-on at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre in 2012.

Lucy Spraggan performs at the Christmas lights switch-on at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre in 2012.

But after 10 years of playing gigs, the 22-year-old is no music business novice.

She said: “Most of the songs on the new album are quite old. I played my first gig when I was 12, and I’m 22 now.

“I started doing festivals when I was 13, so recording the songs was great, being able to get a trumpet player in when we needed one and things like that.”

Her new album, Join the Club – launched with a short performance in Sheffield city centre’s HMV store last week – follows her self-released debut which reached number 22 on the iTunes chart last year.

Lucy Spraggan performs on The X Factor TV show in 2012.

Lucy Spraggan performs on The X Factor TV show in 2012.

It was withdrawn when Lucy was chosen to appear on The X Factor.

And Lucy said she had about 200 other unreleased songs in her archive.

She said: “I have been writing a lot this year, so I’ve been adding to the pot. They’re all stories so they come to me relatively easily.

“As for the tour, it’s 100 per cent excitement. It’s my biggest tour.

“I did my first headline tour in May, and that was smaller and more intimate.

“This time, it’s the sort of venue I go to see other people in. I never thought I’d be able to play them myself.”

Lucy said she agreed to try out for The X Factor after she heard the rules had been changed.

She said: “You could play your own songs, so I said I’d do it. I was fully aware what the show would be like, and I’ve never wanted to be an X Factor winner.

“I think people could see that when I was on it. It might’ve been cool, but it was more about showcasing what I already did.”

n See The Star tomorrow for the chance to win tickets to Lucy’s Sheffield gig.