TOM Chaplin has come a long way since he last took to the Isle of Wight Festival stage a decade ago.
Back then he was warming the crowd up for the appearance of The Rolling Stones as the frontman of multi-million selling band Keane.
After overcoming drug addiction, the baby-faced, angelic-voiced singer will be back there this summer showcasing his new solo material.
Ahead of his big festival appearance, Tom is playing Southampton's 02 Guildhall this weekend.
Keane, who enjoyed international success with Somewhere Only We Know, Everybody's Changing and This Is The Last Time, are currently on a break following the release of their greatest hits album.
After the band announced their split in 2013, Chaplin thought he was over the worst of his drug problems, which had seen him admit himself to The Priory in 2006. He had married two years previously, and in 2014 would become a father. He was also keen finally to be the author of his own music, but his cocaine abuse became a major problem again.
This is the story told in The Wave, transformed into some of the most anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin’s career. This extraordinary new record marks Chaplin’s recorded debut as a songwriter. As the voice of Keane, he was always singing his bandmate Tim Rice-Oxley’s songs.
You can hear all his new material, plus a smattering of Keane classics tomorrow night.
Call 023 8063 2601 or visit 02guildhallsouthampton.co.uk for tickets.