How Joss Stone’s Dream Of An Epic World Tour Led To The Most Surreal Gig Of Her Life
With a career spanning thirteen years, it’s safe to say that Joss Stone has experienced her fair share of weird and wonderful gigs. But none, we very much doubt, will come close to comparing to her most recent: on a tiny island, slap bang in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
MTV were lucky enough to join the Super Duper Love singer in the Maldives at on the luxurious island of PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi. Here she performed to guests of the resort as part of PULSE, a series of immersive island experiences.
Just to give you some context of what island life is like, imagine being shipwrecked, only with private beach yoga sessions at sunrise, luxury suites on stilts above crystal blue waters, and personal butlers driving you around in golf buggies.
It’s a tough job, but hey, we're happy to do our bit.
Joss was there to perform as part of her Total World Tour where, unlike most ‘world tours,’ she will actually be performing in every single country across the globe.“I feel like no place should be left out, I think it’s a bit unfair, that’s kind of it, that’s like the crux of it,” she told us.
“It seems a bit unfair to go on a world tour and not recognize places in the world.”
So how did she go about planning this complex globe-trotting plan? Well, it all started around six years ago…
“I started chatting to my friend Paul and we started to route it, she explained.
“So we printed off a list of countries…so we put it all in an order with ideas of whether we would go by boat or plane or train and then I gave it to my booking agent at the time. And he basically laughed at me for five or six years!
“No one took me seriously for five or six years. Your traditional booking agent will just want to make money so this is not that! This is definitely not going to do that for them. So it’s a passion project, it has to be with passionate people, and we’ve got passionate people booking it now.”
Which led her to PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, literally translated as Dream Island.
“I’ve had odd gigs now, all in different ways. This is literally in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been so far away from everything. I’d be scared if I had to swim anywhere!
“[On the island] you’ve got loads of different cultures, we’re all from different parts of the world and upbringings. That creates a very different gig. I don’t know how to approach that, I just give it a bash!”
To find out more about PULSE and their future events, visit here.