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‘I want to get back to my normal life’ Singer Tom Walker reacts to vaccine passport news

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Last month, Boris Johnson revealed that “covid vaccine passports” will be rolled out across England in a bid to stop the transmission of the virus. Now, singer Tom Walker has exclusively spoken to Express.co.uk following the news that they will be required for events such as concerts.

Everybody has got their own opinion on this matter

Tom Walker

Currently, a vaccine passport is required for international travel out of England via the NHS Covid-19 app.

The app then generates a QR code, lasting 28 days, to prove that you have successfully had your second dose of the vaccine or have produced a positive PCR test within the last six months.

The Prime Minister had previously announced that the passports will be required to attend nightclubs, despite previously insisting that they will not become part of life for those living in the UK.

During a press conference, he said: “I don’t want to have to close nightclubs again but it does mean nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing and make use of the NHS covid pass. The pass which shows proof of vaccination, recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry.”

Now, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Express, singer-songwriter Tom Walker has admitted that despite the controversial decision, everybody is entitled to have their own thoughts on the matter.

Speaking from his dressing room ahead of his set at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, the biggest festival in Western Europe to take place since the pandemic as part of the Government’s Event Research Programme, he said: “I’ve been double vaccinated myself so I feel kind of a lot better protected now than I would have before.”

The Leave a Light On hitmaker continued: “Everybody has got their own opinion on this matter, there are some people that don’t want to go out and get double vaccinated, but I just want to go see gigs.”

“As soon as they could give me that vaccine, I was having it because I want to just get back to my normal life and get performing and get out of doing my job,” he exclaimed.

Following the news that large scale events such as Tramlines Festival could go ahead, singers across the nation rejoiced at the ability to perform again, something Tom was very much grateful for.

He said: “It’s been well overdue, 18 months waiting to play live gigs.

“You know a lot of people in the music industry live for getting on stage and performing.”

The singer, who grew up in Knutsford, Cheshire, continued: “It’s a really valuable way to test new material out and see how the fans like it.”

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While many enjoyed the first few months of the lockdown period that began in March 2020, Tom revealed he was itching to get back to work.

“Since I signed my record deal five years ago, it’s been nonstop gigging ever since.

“So to take so long-off, the first three months were great — I was like, ‘Oh, this is this is nice, this is the house and it’s my fiancée, it’s nice to see you.’

“But after that I was I was getting itchy feet, so I’m so glad we’re getting back, it’s long overdue.”

The singer, who became a household name in 2017 thanks to his hit record Leave a Light On, admitted that following on from his debut album, What a Time to Be Alive, was a “challenge”.

He explained: “The hardest thing about lockdown was there wasn’t really doing much. It’s like my first album was about my friends, my family and my fiancée and all the things that we got up to.

“I also had kind of 23 years of my life to write that album and then I’ve had kind of 18 months in a lockdown, where I’ve not been able to see anybody, to write the second one.”

However, he teased that over the last several months, he has found himself back to work preparing for his second album.

“The last six months have been really great,” he enthusiastically added.

Tom continued: “I’ve been writing some awesome stuff because I’m back out seeing people, going to events and meeting up with people and there’s just so much more to say.”

Following July 19th’s ‘Freedom Day’, Tom added that the country ending coronavirus restrictions was a positive move.

“I’m glad things are opening up is making the writing process a lot easier and I think this second album is going to be amazing,” he explained.

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