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Little Boots (born Victoria Hesketh, 4.5.1984) Little Boots is an English musician and songwriter. She rose to fame when she was voted into the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll.

Childhood: Victoria Hesketh (Little Boots) was born in the Fylde Coast area of Lancashire. Her mother is a children's books author and her father is a businessman. She has three younger brothers and was raised in Thornton, close to Fleetwood and Blackpool.

Aged 5, Little Boots begged her parents to buy her a piano. Eventually, her uncle bought her one from a local piano and she started learning to play. Hesketh then won a scholarship at a music school, where she also learned to play the harp and the flute. She started to write songs at the age of 13.

Little Boots attended Rossall School, a private school in Fleetwood, followed by Blackpool Sixth Form College. When she was 16, she entered the ITV talent contest, Pop Idol. Though she reached the third round, she was eliminated before reaching the TV judges.

After leaving school, Little Boots studied Cultural Studies at Leeds University. She graduated with first class honours, with a dissertation about Jamie Cullum.

Musical Career: Whilst Little Boots was studying in Leeds, she answered an online advertisement looking for a lead singer for a band. The advert was placed by Marie France and Lucy Catherwood. The trio bonded over a love of Rapture, Siouxsie and The Banshees and named their band Dead Disco. Hesketh was the lead singer and synth player of the band.

The band were quick to post pictures of themselves online and soon after, began gigging, quickly earning themselves a headline slot at Manchester's 'In The City' industry event. Their performance earned them some recording time with James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco). The band's debut single, 'The Treatment' was released on the independent High Voltage label. Its follow-up, 'City Place', received a digital-only release on Playlouder Records.

The band travelled to Los Angeles, now financed by 679 Recordings to record a debut album with Greg Kurstin, who has worked as a songwriter and producer for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Lady GaGa and Natasha Bedingfield. However, Hesketh started writing more mainstream material that the other band members were not keen on. They eventually disbanded, announcing the split in December 2008, though Hesketh had left a long time previously, around August 2007.

After leaving Dead Disco, Little Boots returned to live with her parents and set about recording a stream of cover versions from her own bedroom and posting them on the internet. She covered artists such as Wham! and Miley Cyrus. She also continued to write her own songs and contacted Greg Kurstin again. Having drawn up a short-list of songs for her album, Little Boots and Kurstin started to work on her debut solo album, Hands. Joe Godard of Hot Chip was also drafted in to work on the album.

By January 2009, Little Boots' YouTube contributions and MySpace additions had gathered steam and gained her a large number of fans. She was chosen as the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll. The shortlist of the poll also included Florence and the Machine, Empire of the Sun, La Roux and White Lies.

In June 2009, Hands was released, along with a limited edition vinyl version, two days later. The album reached number five in the UK album chart and the single New In Town went Top 20. One song on the album, 'Symmetry', is a duet with Phil Oakey of The Human League.

In the USA, Little Boots' EP 'Illuminations' was released by Elektra, in order to relaunch the label. Hands is due for release in the US in 2010.

Little Boots' debut TV performance came in November 2008 when she was selected to perform on Later. with Jools Holland. In March 2009, she performed on the US TV show Last Call with Carson Daly. She regularly uses an unusual Japanese electronic instrument called a tenori-on. In May 2009, Little Boots also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Her song 'Meddle' was used in a commercial for the Victoria's Secret lingerie firm. In July 2009, she played out an episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Victoria Hesketh , Little Boots - Catwalk to Cosmopolitan, part of Cosmopolitan FashFest, at the Battersea Evolution - Arrivals at Evolution - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th September 2015

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Victoria Hesketh , Litte Boots - Catwalk to Cosmopolitan (part of Cosmopolitan FashFest) at the Battersea Evolution. at Evolution - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th September 2015

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Little Boots - Celebrities perform at Blackpool Illuminations 2015, The Headlands, Blackpool,UK - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Friday 4th September 2015

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Little Boots - Little Boots (Victoria Hesketh) and Atomic Kitten on stage at Gay Pride in Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Little Boots 'reclaimed' Career


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Little Boots is happy to have ''reclaimed'' control of her career.

The 31-year-old singer - whose real name is Victoria Hesketh - parted ways with her record company after the release of her second album 'Nocturnes' and though she admits it is ''hard'' to go it alone, she is relishing the chance to make her own creative decisions.

She said: ''It was hard, but after going to through the whole business of being in the pop world and not entirely in control of what was out there, it was really important to reclaim that.

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RuPaul's Drag Race - Arrivals

Victoria Hesketh and Little Boots - RuPaul's Drag Race - Arrivals at Cafe De Paris - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th May 2015

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Little Boots Vows To Play Hmv Gig To Save Local Store


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British singer Little Boots has promised to perform in her local Hmv store when her next album is released in a bid to save a branch of the U.K. music chain from closure.

The British retail institution went into administration in January (13) as executives revealed the company was on the brink of going bust, and several outlets closed down in a bid to save cash.

A store in Blackpool, England is under threat of closure, and Little Boots, real name Victoria Hesketh, is doing all she can to keep the shop in her home town open.

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Thieves Steal Little Boots' Food


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British pop star Little Boots is furious after opportunists stole her groceries from outside her home.

The Remedy hitmaker returned to her apartment in Hackney, east London following a trip to a supermarket on Tuesday (06Sep11), but as she unlocked the front door, a sneaky thief grabbed her bags of food and fled.

The seething star took to her Twitter.com blog to write, "Someone just stole my shopping from my front door, literally just got looted. Seriously! How dark is it that someone will walk through your front gate up your steps and steal from your front doorstep in broad day light.

"It was just some fruit and vegetables and some yoghurt! jeez. well i hope someone somewhere in hackney is having a nice stolen lunch."

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Little Boots Campaigns Against Sweatshops


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Pop singer Little Boots is waging war against sweatshops in a bid to raise awareness of unhealthy working conditions in poor countries.

The British star - real name Victoria Hesketh - has joined a campaign with anti-poverty charity War on Want to rally against factories that exploit workers both in India and her native U.K.

She says, "I support the campaign against sweatshops. It's awful for anyone who is not being paid minimum wage and work (sic) their backsides off. It is terrible that these sweatshops exist in Britain. The clothes aren't the problem because they are cheaper and you can't blame people for getting bargains.

"It is the manufacturers who need to make sure there are proper conditions for their workers. Look at shops like (fashion chain) Oasis, who do everything above board and pay workers good wages and overtime. If they can do it, why can't everybody?"

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Little Boots' Mind-blowing Success


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Little Boots' success blows her mind.

The singer - whose real name is Victoria Hesketh - is amazed that she is now in a position to be on her favourite TV shows and performing at the venues she used to watch her heroes at.

The 25-year-old British star said: "I've done some cool stuff. I've been all over the world. I'm playing Shepherd's Bush next week, that blows my mind.

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Little Boots

Date of birth

4th May, 1984

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.60




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