Burgess Hill singer’s Caribbean dream


A talented young singer who works in McDonalds could have the opportunity of a lifetime – performing at a festival in the Caribbean.

Luke Fincher, 18, from Haywards Heath has already made his name gigging, busking in Brighton and even supporting hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks.

But after singing at the launch of The Drawing Room – a new pop-up arts venue in Haywards Heath – he has been offered the trip of a lifetime to perform at a star-studded festival in St Lucia.

After Luke’s performance on Friday night, a music producer extended an invitation for him to perform at the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival in May.

“I got the text about it and thought they were joking,” said Luke. “I’m so, so excited and I was totally shocked. I’ve done some exciting things before but this is just an amazing opportunity. This could be a big break. I’ve already started working out my set.”

Singers Rihanna, Elton John, Amy Winehouse and John Legend have performed at the festival in the past. However, this year’s festival’s budget has already been used up, so Luke will have to find a way to fund his trip.

Working alongside art entrepreneur Nigel Allyson-Ryan, who launched The Drawing Room, Luke hopes to start a funding campaign using Kick Starter which helps creative projects.

“In return for any funding I would document the trip with videos,” said Luke. “We haven’t quite decided what to do yet but we are working on it. I love doing music videos and I would love to shoot a video in St Lucia where it is warm.”

Luke said he thinks Nigel’s new venue provides a unique place to perform.

“The atmosphere was amazing. It felt more live than any performance I had done before,” he said.

Nigel said he hopes the new venue in Turners Mill Road, will become the ‘cultural hub’ of Haywards Heath, hosing artists, music and literary events.

“The Drawing Room will really add to the cultural landscape of Haywards Heath,” said Suzanne Gielgud, of the Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts.

“Hopefully it will help to put the town on the map.”