DD Allen

If Neil Young went pop and sang on a Killers record with an 80s Springsteen vibe, you get a feel for the distinctive sound of DD Allen.

His rousing live performances are responsible for sold-out shows, a string of UK festival appearances, and a 2019 European support for LA-based Vintage Trouble.

The modern-day pop-rocker is no stranger to layering musical styles. And it’s no surprise considering his musical journey.

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    With his teens fed by a diet of 80s and 90s guitar rock, Allen took a more introspective direction when he began writing songs.

    Out went the big riffs and in came Dylanesque style storytelling wrapped in an energetic solo-acoustic delivery.

    His style immediately grabbed the attention of James Blunt who claimed, “There’s something exciting about the music of DD Allen. Sort of a cross between Neil Young and Jake Bugg with a great deal of honesty in lyrics.”

    But the young songwriter didn’t stay solo for long. Irritated by a folk circuit that found his sound too edgy, Allen took a path inspired by his peers and went electric.

    His debut single Just Like The Old Days (Oct 2016) arrived with all the energetic intent of a Killer’s anthem and found immediate support from Indie Shuffle.

    The sophomore release Rebecca’s Curse (Jun 2017) premiered on Atwood Magazine, striving to carve out its own space and rise above the mainstream by emerging as a subtle and poignant statement to despair.

    Allen’s 3rd single, Never Felt So Far From You (Feb 2018), saw a brief excursion into Americana and placement on Spotify’s official ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist.

    Continuing to find favour with an audience intrigued by Allen’s persistent reinvention, 2019 saw a return to the singer’s early rock guitar influences with a 2-track EP release called Bad Love.

    The same-titled lead single served as a homage to The Rolling Stones early ‘Exile on Main Street’ period. While Just a Little More saw a nod to the influences of heartland rock’s finest with a rousing sing-along chorus “On the streets tonight, the songs all call your name.”

    But in all of this, lay a hint that DD Allen is an artist perpetually evolving his sound.

    After a brief excursion into pop-rock with his early 2020 release Seattle Lights, Allen reveals prominent 80s inspiration with I See You In the Dark.

    And between the two 2020 releases comes a subtle twist of unintended irony:

    Allen wrote Seattle Lights in the festive season outdoor bar-buzz and bright lights of his hometown, Bournemouth, in the UK.

    I See You in the Dark is written in a different time. When the lights aren’t shining so bright during the pandemic.

    “Although I wrote I See You in the Dark about a broken romance, managing isolation, and the ‘yearning for what was and might be again’. . . the narrative seems to have a wider context in today’s climate,” he claims. “People have lost a lot of the buzz that makes life so great. But we know it’ll all come back.”

    I See You in the Dark is released worldwide on 13 November 2020.


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There’s something exciting about the music of DD Allen — sort of a cross between Jake Bugg and Neil Young with a great deal of honesty in his lyrics.

James Blunt

DD Allen is making the kind of music deserving of any main stage at any of the top festivals. He's a huge talent. Awesome voice and a great songwriter. I'm anticipating big things.

Matt Spracklen (TV Judge, BBC1 Altogether Now TV, Mainly Music Pod, Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus Ambassador)  

Oozing confidence and direction, DD Allen is the real deal with an awesome stage presence.

Bournemouth Daily Echo

DD Allen is a storyteller in the mould of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. I listen to hundreds of new albums a year but it has been a very long time since I have heard more beautifully written songs. DD Allen really is that good.

Louder Than War 

The gorgeous voice of DD Allen.

Fern Balch, BBC Radio Solent 

A very, very cool band.

Rob da Bank (Bestival, Camp Bestival founder) 



    2014 - Selected to support James Blunt at the BIC
    2015 - Selected to perform for UN General Secretary Ban-ki Moon
    2016 - Awarded ‘Best International Music Video’ at the Cardiff Film Festival
    2017 - Regional winner, Pogues Irish Whiskey Shot at Discovery
    2017 - National finalist, Pogues Irish Whiskey Shot at Discovery (O2 Islington)
    2017 - National finalist, Bestival Invaders of The Future
    2017 - National finalist, Best of British Unsigned Male 
    2017 - First headline show (The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth) 
    2018 - Featured on Spotify’s official ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist
    2018 - Curated and trended on ReverbNation’s new ‘Discover’ app 
    2018 - Featured on tastemaker Matt Spracklen's ‘Mainly Music Podcast’ 
    2019 - Supported Vintage Trouble at De Oosterpoort and Patronaat in the Netherlands 
    2020 - Sold-out headline show at the Lighthouse, Poole (Live and Unheard)

Festivals Played

    Boardmasters (View Stage)
    Larmer Tree Festival
    Camp Bestival
    Teddy Rocks (Main Stage)
    Smoked & Uncut
    Arts By The Sea
    Electric Picnic (Ireland)
    Grooves on The Green (Headline)
    SUBU Summer Ball
    Purbeck Valley Folk Festival


Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Killers, Bruce Springsteen.

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