Johnny Lloyd, former lead singer with indie rock band Tribes, ditched a university degree for his music after just one week, and today he is forging ahead with a solo career.

The singer/songwriter is headlining his own UK tour this autumn and supporting Tom Odell on a few dates including the Oasis in Swindon on Sunday, November 6.

He will be singing tracks from his new EP, Dreamland, which he produced with a little help from his friends Hugo White from The Maccabees and Blaine Harrison from the Mystery Jets.

The Newcastle-born guitarist originally moved south to study at Goldsmiths University, but his passion for making music took over and he settled in Camden before forming Tribes in 2010.

The indie rock band rose to prominence, and the track We Were Children eventually made Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World" on BBC Radio 1. Tribes signed to Island Records and supported Mystery Jets, The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian on various tours. They released two albums, Baby and Wish To Scream before splitting up in 2013.

Since the split, Johnny has had a couple of singles out, Happy Humans and Pilgrims both of which were playlisted on Radio X, Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show and received airplay on 6 Music thanks to Steve Lamacq.

For Johnny, going it alone is like a new beginning, his chance to find a new place in life. He has moved away from the Tribes harder edged 'riffy stuff' to a more nostalgic sound. The Pilgrims EP was recorded on an 8-track at his home. Blaine Harrison then took it into the studio to lay down the bass, and give it a polish, but not too much as Johnny prefers the raw lo fi sound.

The musician began playing guitar at six-years-old, but says he didn't start writing songs seriously until he was in his twenties.

Johnny's Swindon gig with Tom Odell, the 2014 Songwriter Of The Year Ivor Novello Award winner, begins at 7pm in the Oasis Leisure Centre at North Star and tickets are £23.50. For more details or to book visit - Flicky Harrison