12 - 14 July 2024 GLASGOW GREEN @TRNSMTFEST

Caity Baser

Caity Baser
King Tut's Stage Saturday, 13 July
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For the first time in her vibrant pop career, Caity Baser didn't know what to do next. The Southampton-born singer, songwriter, and pop provocateur had gone from making tunes on TikTok and playing back rooms to 100 people to colossal virality, Top 40 chart hits and sold-out tours in a year. She was tipped by music and culture press – NME, Dork, Notion, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone UK and more – for her whip smart lyricism that speaks to Gen Z’s collective heart. And while she’s now riding high on her BRITs Rising Star nomination and the BBC Sound of 2024 longlisting, we have to rewind back to the start of 2023, where she felt foggy, directionless. Caity emerged from the fug of festival and touring season – jumping from Reading’s BBC Introducing stage to packing out the festival’s Radio 1 Dance Tent the year following, Australia and New Zealand dates – and was trying to make new music in snatches of time: the back of a tour bus, a random studio. Things felt dense. Then again, what’s the blueprint meant to look like, for a 21-year-old on a juggernaut ascent like Caity Baser’s? "I kept getting asked, ‘what's the concept', and I just... did not fucking know. I'm lost! I don't know what I'm doing!" Caity says. "I was being mean to myself, but from those negative feelings, something clicked. I found myself making songs about things I can't do, mistakes I've made, and actions I can't change. It all pointed towards the understanding that I'm growing.”