"I can’t believe we actually managed to pull it off!" Guitar hero Sophie Lloyd has upgraded her debut live show after selling out the original venue in five minutes

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Sophie Lloyd might have played to massive arenas as the guitarist in Machine Gun Kelly's live band, but now she's set her sights on playing to her own crowds. The YouTube star turned guitar hero has now upgraded the venue of her debut headline show on October 17 to The Underworld in Camden after selling out Camden Assembly in five minutes.

Tickets for the upgraded show are on sale now.

Announcing the original show on Instagram, Lloyd had written, "As this is my first show, I wanted to have something quite intimate. so it’s quite limited, so don’t miss out!"

Lloyd released her debut album Imposter Syndrome on November 10 2023. The album saw her team up with a number of rock and metal singers including Lzzy Hale, Trivium's Matthew K Heafy, Black Stone Cherry's Chris Robertson and Brandon Saller of Atreyu, Classic Rock ruling the album "a joyous and triumphant experience that shows Lloyd is more than ready for the spotlight". 

“It’s funny because my anxiety and hesitancy to play live was what really inspired the creation of [Imposter Syndrome], the title track in particular,” she explains about the decision to start playing live. “We put so much work and love into Imposter Syndrome and we’re so excited to finally take the next step in our musical journey and bring that to the stage so people can experience it in person with a full live band. It was so incredible to see the response to the album and sometimes I still have to pinch myself as I can’t believe we actually managed to pull it off!”

The line-up for Lloyd's live band is yet to be revealed. Speaking to Metal Hammer in 2023, she refuted the idea that her rise to fame via YouTube meant she'd taken any kind of easy route to success.

“Anyone who thinks it’s easy to get big on YouTube clearly fucking doesn’t know shit,” she told Hammer. “I get what they’re saying, in a way… people who’ve been in broken-down vans, and slept in the ‘roach coach’ where there’s roaches climbing everywhere, for a gig that’s paying you £30 – I get it."

"And I did elements of that when I was growing up," she concedes. "But the world has changed now – you either need to evolve with it and become successful with it, or you’re just stuck in your ways and you’re complaining about it. We want to be inspiring these young people growing up and creating, we don’t want to be bashing them down.”

Rich Hobson

Staff writer for Metal Hammer, Rich has never met a feature he didn't fancy, which is just as well when it comes to covering everything rock, punk and metal for both print and online, be it legendary events like Rock In Rio or Clash Of The Titans or seeking out exciting new bands like Nine Treasures, Jinjer and Sleep Token.