Joe Sumner
Joe Sumner performing at the ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on February 19, 2017.
Sumner, a native of England, learned to play guitar and drums when he was a teenager, and was inspired to write songs when he heard Nirvana's album Nevermind. He formed a band with a school friend, bassist Dan Brown, which eventually became Fiction Plane when it was joined by British guitarist Seton Daunt.

Joe Sumner has been honing his solo work for the past five years. While simultaneously fronting rock band Fiction Plane and pushing boundaries in the tech space with his app Vyclone, Joe has been painstakingly stripping back all that he finds inauthentic.

The result is a spacious and colorful sound that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. Starting with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he writes heartfelt, playful and genuine songs that are never quite finished. 'Every time I play a song I leave at least a few parts of it completely open to improvisation.' he says of his loose and collaborative performing style. 'After you play a song fifty times I think it should get better, not just stay the same!'

This open-minded attitude comes in part from his extremely varied musical experiences - from touring with acts that he literally calls family (The Police, Sting) to artists like Snoop Dogg or singing in a modern opera and writing hits for other European artist. Joe also teaches highly-acclaimed workshops at music schools focusing on the emotional pressures of songwriting.

Joe Sumner's debut solo single 'Jellybean' will be released in January 2017.(Source: Artist)
The setlist for the show at the ACL Live Moody Theater:
  • Don't Change the Love
  • Drink
  • Jelly Bean

Joe Sumner shared the stage with his father Sting and The Last Bandoleros at the ACL Live Moody Theater for the 57th and 9th Tour. The tour continues across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia with the final show at Foire aux Vins de Colmar in Colmar, France on July 31, 2017.

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