Festival Republic StageFriday4:40 pm
For someone who was, by his own admission, “extremely shy” as a young child, Ethan Barnett, aka Ten Tonnes, cuts a strikingly confident figure on stage at The Lexington in London. The 20-year-old musician from Hertford, a name on the lips of a select band of tastemakers but still some months away from launching himself on the world, looks as if standing in front of a packed crowd and knocking them dead with a breakneck set of songs is the most natural thing in the world. Among the songs are ones that Ethan has recorded, in the course of the past year, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Cherry Ghost’s Simon Aldred and Hugo White from The Maccabees (who is in the audience tonight, looking on proudly). That’s a pretty impressive roll call, when you think about it. But Ethan, as his growing army of fans confirm, merits keeping such illustrious company.