Good Evening You Beauties! I don't think I've ever been so happy and excited to share my news! It's crazy how and when amazing things seem to come about just at the right time, and for me this is BIG, REALLY BIG! Here's what happened...
...I'm busking at Paddington Network Rail Station in October. It must be about 4:15pm and I'm singing my second song of the afternoon, "Just Like You" by Keb Mo. About a third of the way through the song I see a man who looks very like platinum-selling singer, Alfie Boe come and stand over to the right having a listen. "Hold on, it actually is Alfie Boe, Holy S**t!". I've been a fan since seeing Alfie in Les Misérables a few years ago. So, I'm singing away, absolutely going for it (I don't want to disappoint Alfie Boe), he smiles at me, gets some change out of his bag, comes over and puts it in my guitar case then retreats. I'm still mid song and trying not to stare at him, while also trying to convey that I know who he is. He looks at the sign in my guitar case, does something on his phone and then heads off to catch his train. I finish playing the song and really hope that I nailed it!
For no particular reason, I didn't make as much as usual during that busking session. But I did get back and check my social media to find that Alfie had sent me a message on Instagram complementing my voice! I messaged him back, we got chatting and he said he might be able to help me out, how about a phone call? Fast forward 3 months and he has INVITED ME TO SUPPORT HIM ON HIS 21 DATE UK TOUR, March 17th to April 17th, ending at The Royal Albert Hall! And not only that, I'LL BE SINGING A DUET WITH HIM as well!!!! This is such a gift and I'm so ridiculously grateful. I remember when I started out back in 2014, someone asked me in an interview where I wanted to be in five years time. I told them that I'd really love to play the Royal Albert Hall, and somehow it looks like that ambition is actually going to be fulfilled this year. Alfie Boe - what a nice guy/complete legend!
So this is where I need your help. You've been so supportive during my career so far and have crowdfunded albums, videos, limited edition CDs and singles, you've voted for me in competitions and come to my gigs - I don't know where I'd be without you. Thank you so much for your continued support! Now I need your help again. You see, it's such an awesome opportunity, one that doesn't come along very often, and I really want to make it count. The venues we'll be playing are huge and I want to give everything I have and put on the best show possible. Therefore I'd love to take my fantastic band members/musical family - Matt Park (guitars), Jasmine Scott Neale (cello, backing vocals), James Heathcote (sound engineer) on the road with me. But making this happen is going to be expensive. We'll need to buy/rent a van, cover petrol, accommodation, food and their fees! So to help fund all of this...
...I have set up a crowdfunding page on my website CLICK HERE, with a whole bunch of Hattie Briggs merch, items, one-off experiences, personalised recordings and the like on sale for you to browse. I'm going all out on this and I've even got my Blueridge guitar that I wrote and recorded both of my albums on and that has accompanied me through most of my musical life, up for auction! I hope you find something that you like, BUT if there's something you think of that isn't on there, that you reckon I might be able to sort for you, then LET ME KNOW and I'll see what I can do! Whatever you go for, even if you already own all of my CDs and end up buying them again and giving them to a friend, THANK YOU! Click here to be redirected to my crowdfunding page.
I really hope you can still get tickets to the tour as I'd love to share this with you. Let me know if you are coming! Fingers crossed this tour will enable me to do some great headline shows later in the year too - watch this space!
So much love!
Good Evening All!
I've been waiting to share some big news with you and now the time has come. Amid the recording for the singles I'm releasing this year, I've been back in the studio for another reason!
In September this year I'm going to be releasing a 14 track "deluxe edition" of my second album "Young Runaway". This is partly down to popular request from you guys and partly for my creative satisfaction too. My sound and songwriting has developed a lot over the past couple of years and I've been wanting to bring out a collection that allows me to include some newer songs while also developing further (and in places reworking) my older songs to reflect my current artistic approach. There will be plenty of new instrumentation and production, which in places will completely transform songs that you already know well, hopefully taking them to a new level. All the songs included in the collection will be completely remixed and remastered giving them a fresh lease of life. This album also allows me to include some tracks that have never previously been released on a full length album. These include "Just Breathe", "Never Been In Love Before", "Tilly's Song", and "Time".
I'm excited to share with you this project that I've been working on. In preparation for it's release I need to let you know that the old version of "Young Runaway" will be removed from all online platforms from the end of July. But it will only be a couple of months until you can access the new deluxe edition and listen to you heart's content via CD and/or online platforms. There'll be new artwork, but it won't be difficult to spot and I'll be keeping you up to date with developments in the coming weeks. If you're worried about withdrawal symptoms in the meantime, then you've got a couple of days to download the old version from iTunes or similar.
I can't wait for September. I hope you're enjoying my new summer tune "Up To You" and the rest of the 2018 singles.
Thanks for your support as always.
Pic by Ian Wallman
Good evening fellow Romantics,
I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and played "All About Love" at least once if not more!
This evening I have for you what I hope will be an interesting and enlightening piece of information to share with you regarding the mysterious and confusing world of Spotify (click here to listen/follow my profile). You see, contrary to what many people might say and believe, by streaming my music, you're actually doing me a whole lot more good than you realise. This is why...
1,000,000 streams on Spotify pays an artist roughly £2,000 to £3,000. "That's a lot of streams" I hear you say "for not much money". However, there are plenty of artists out there, many of them less known than me, collecting millions of streams per month and therefore earning thousands of pounds per month - a steady and reliable income stream - without having to do anything once the song is up on the platform.
Your next question - "How are they getting that many streams?" - has a complicated answer.
If they are a well known artist, they have lots of fans following/streaming them on a daily basis. But they are also most likely to be on one or more of the big Spotify playlists - and this is where the millions of plays build up quite fast.
It's easier to get onto a playlist if you're signed to a big label, however lesser known and unsigned artists can and are getting onto them. There are two types of playlist - "human curated" (songs chosen/grouped together by an actual person) and "algorithmic" (songs chosen by a piece of software based on metadata tags, trends and lots of other things). Therefore, it could be luck that gets you onto a playlist, it could be the strength of the song, it could be the sway of the record company, or it could be a pick up of momentum and good timing that gets you on your way.
So now you're asking "How do we help with any of that?" Well it's simple really - by streaming my songs, preferably the newest releases (Hide EP at this moment), and following my profile. The more followers and fan driven streams I have on my new releases, the more likely those songs are to get picked up by small private playlists, which in turn increases the likelihood of getting picked up by larger human curated playlists, which in turn increases the likelihood of getting picked for a BIG SPOTIFY PLAYLIST, either human curated or algorithmic. And don't forget, I am being paid for every stream, even if it's not much to start with.
The thing is, 1,000,000 streams may seem like a lot, but when we break it down:
If I combine all of my online fans from different social media platforms - it adds up to over 10,000 people.
10,000 x 100 = 1,000,000 - so if all my online fans streamed my song(s) 100 times in a month, that's my million plays per month, my £2,000 to £3,000, my steady income. It doesn't sound too difficult when you put it like that. And that's without even being on a playlist.
Other benefits of you following my profile are that:
1. You'll be notified when and where I'm playing a gig in your area.
2. National radio are more likely to play my music if I have more followers and streams.
3. Gig and festival promoters are more likely to book me if I have more followers and streams.
To conclude, Spotify and other streaming platforms are the future of sustainable music careers for artists. With the decline of physical sales, the slow death of the album, the steady decrease in grassroots venues, and the rise of unsigned/unsupported/bedroom artists - building a streaming revenue is the key to my survival as a musician and artist in the future.
On that basis, I urge and implore you to:
1. Click here and follow my Spotify Artist Profile.
2. Stream my new single "Early Girl" as much as you can from when it's released on Feb 23rd, even if you put it on mute and press repeat! I'll be sending out a playlist so that you can press "shuffle play" and not have to worry about pressing the button over and over again.
3. Click here and stream my most recent release "Hide EP" and get it to the top of my "popular tracks".
4. Tell your friends, fellow music lovers and gig goers that Spotify is important as well as buying the CDs and coming to see shows.
THANK YOU FOR READING TO THE END!
I hope this all made sense. Please email me if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
A week's tour, 4 gigs, two countries - what could possibly go wrong? Well, we nearly didn't make it out of London, let alone to Holland or Germany. John's van (John is the wonderful John Matts, who was on guitar, backing vocals and driving duties) I was assured, had just had a full service and £700 worth of work done to make sure that it was ship shape for the tour. Nevertheless there was a strange knocking sound coming from what sounded like the front right wheel, which, though ignorable at first, seemed to get worse and worse very quickly as we were driving towards the outskirts of London. So bad in fact that we pulled over at a services, John checked all the tyres and pumped them up again; we drove a bit more; the knocking was still there. We pulled over into a side road (I should mention that it was tipping it down with rain). John rang the AA - we were told a 3 hour possible waiting time. It was already 9:30 at night and we were hoping to reach Harwich at a sensible hour to get up early the next morning for a 9am ferry (that's very early in musician time btw). It looked like we might not get there at all.
John got down on his hands and knees to look under the car and puled off a huge bit of non-essential plastic that he thought to be the problem. We cancelled the AA and drove on, but didn't get far as the sound had somehow got even worse. We called the AA again and were given a slightly shorter waiting time. We listened to September by Earth, Wind and Fire on repeat to try and cheer ourselves up and discussed the worst case scenario (having to drive back to mine, dump the van and take my car which wouldn't fit all the kit in it).
The AA guy eventually arrived and took a look at the wheel - nothing seemed to be wrong with it that he could see and nothing he could do for us at the roadside. We'd have to drive it back and take it to a garage, i.e. worst case scenario. Our heads drooping, we got back in the car and started our potentially loud and slow journey back to mine. We got 10 metres before we realised this van was definitely not safe to drive. I waved at the AA man to come and help us again. When he pulled up, he said he'd been screaming at us to stop driving because he could now see the problem. It was the other front wheel and it was wobbling all over the place. On further inspection it turned out that we were missing 3 wheel nuts, yes 3, as in there was only one left on the wheel my side, and that one was loose. The guys at KwikFit had somehow forgotten to tighten the nuts on one of John's new wheels and we were about half a mile from losing the wheel completely - arghhhhh, scarily close call through someone's absentmindedness! Anyway, our AA guy then took a wheel nut from a couple of the other wheels to add to my wheel and after all of the drama we were soon on our way to Harwich singing along to Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again". What a crazy start to the tour, the rest of which went off without a hitch :-) Thanks to everyone who hosted us on our travels and gave us a stage to share some tunes.
I hope you've been enjoying August's CD and are ready for something a bit different from September's limited edition, "Honestly". See below for little preview video of my cover of A&E by Goldfrapp. All the tracks this month come from electronic bands, but I've recorded them in my own acoustic style. Here's the full track listing:
Laura - Bat for Lashes
A&E - Goldfrapp
Glory Box - Portishead
Let Me Love You - DJ Snake, Justin Bieber
With Every Heartbeat - Robyn
La La La - Naughty Boy, Sam Smith
There are a few copies left, which you can snap up via my 12 Months of Madness page http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness. Get in there quick as I'm sending out the first batch tomorrow :-) Thanks again to Martyn Royce for the awesome cover art.
My final piece of news is that I'll be performing at the BBC Goodfood Tower of London Feast this Saturday. The full festival runs from 22nd-24th, but I'm only performing on Saturday.
That is all :-)
I hope you've been enjoying "Hide" EP! Click here if you haven't yet seen the live video for "Never Been In Love Before", here if you'd like to buy the CD, and here for downloads and streaming.
Welcome to another month of madness! We've got a real treat for you to start the summer with happy ears. June's 12MoM limited edition is called "The Trio Sessions" - an album of specially chosen songs from my back catalogue, re-recorded live as a trio with Jasmine Scott Neale (cello, backing vocals) and Matt Park (guitar, pedal steel). It's a great opportunity to revisit some pre 2017 songs that I still love to perform at gigs, and record them with a different vibe and sound.
Preorders are now open and there are less than 40 copies available so get in there quick!
If you're interested in hearing the band and I talk about "Hide" EP and hearing some of the tracks on the radio then you're in luck! I'm going to be the "Main Event" on BBC introducing in the West tomorrow night with John Oldham. Tune in to BBC Radio Bristol from 8pm Saturday for the full broadcast - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiobristol.
Last weekend I had 3 fantastic sold out gigs - Uxbridge Folk Club, Hindhead Golf Club and a beautiful art gallery in Swanage called the Old Stables. If you were there with us I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and welcome if you've just joined the mailing list! My first gig at a golf club and an art gallery and I'd thoroughly recommend both! The day after the Swanage gig, Jas and I were treated to breakfast on the seafront by our lovely hosts - it doesn't get much better than that. Don't forget, we're back for Swanage Folk Festival in September!
This Saturday (tomorrow!) I've got 2 gigs in Lewes, East Sussex courtesy of Union Music Store. I'm supporting Cale Tyson at Union Music Store itself (FREE ENTRY) at 3pm and then again in the evening at the Con Club, 7:30. Fingers crossed you can make it to one of them!
Tickets for the Con Club here - ow.ly/mpcR30cbHa4
Last but not least, Jas and I would love to play a Living Room Gig for you on June 22nd, somewhere between London and Leeds. Let me know if you're interested and check out my house concerts page for more info http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/house-concerts.
Just 8 days to go until I can share my new songs with you, whoop whoop!
Click above to see a clip of the live video for "Never Been In Love Before", recorded by Peter Waterman and filmed by Ian Wallman. The full video will be out on Monday!
I'll be joined by my exceptionally cool band members, Jasmine Scott Neale and Matt Park (both in the video), at both launch gigs! London has sold out but there are still tickets available for the Stroud launch on May 19th! Details below on the poster and tickets available from Patrick in the shop or here (scroll to the bottom):
"Hide" will be out on all the normal online digital platforms as well as on CD. If you pre-order your CD before the launch via my 12 Month's of Madness page you'll be one of the first to receive your copy along with a signed band photo - there are less than 20 of these left! http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness
Lastly, I'm playing a duo gig with Jasmine in York this Saturday evening, for which there are only around 4 tickets left!
Super happy to let you know that my second album Young Runaway will be arriving in vinyl later this month and is available to preorder now - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness!
Good news - if you're a 12 Month's of Madness annual subscriber you've already ordered it at half price, yay!
Jasmine and I had a blast playing 8 gigs in Holland over 10 days. To my new Dutch fans I'd like to say welcome, and thanks to everybody who hosted us or came to see us live over the past few days. We're already planning our next trip in September! I hope you caught some of our gigs live streamed on Facebook if you couldn't be there. Here are a few pics of us doing our thang. Sight-seeing included a day in beautiful Delft, plenty of walks and a trip to a musical instrument museum.
Just before heading out to Holland I went on a 5 day songwriting retreat in Brighton, called Pro7ect. It was a brilliant experience staying in such a creative bubble with a group of warm, talented and enthusiastic people. Some amazing songs were written as well, some of which you're destined to hear later this year!
If you subscribed to a whole years worth of CDs, don't forget you've got 2 free tickets to a gig of your choice. Email me which gig you'd like to come along to and I'll put you on the guest list - email@example.com!
All my gigs are listed here - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/current-gigs
Tickets are selling fast for my EP launch gigs in May.
Over half have already gone for the London show on May 20th:
For you Stroudies and Shire folk, I'm play at Café Meme on May 19th - tickets:
Last but not least, I've been nominated for the folking.com rising star award and would hugely appreciate your votes - http://folking.com/the-2017-folking-awards/ - scroll right to the bottom of the page to vote (category 7) :-) and thanks for taking the time to support me!
And just like that, January was gone! This year is going to fly by at this rate.
I hope you wonderful 12 Months of Madness orderers have now received your copies of “on the corner”, January’s Limited Edition CD. The great news is that February’s CD is already in the making and you can preorder it now! Apologies for surprising you with it a day early, but I’m at an all day conference tomorrow. I reckon you won’t mind getting a head start since there are less than 50 available this month due to the popularity of the annual subscription!
So, the moment has arrived. February’s limited edition is called “17”. It’s an EP of songs that I wrote back when I was 17/18 years old. I’m re-working and re-recording them to bring them up to date with where I am now. It’s amazing to dust them off after all this time! Here is the link to pre-order your copy - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness or to read up on what I’m talking about if you’re feeling completely lost.
Also new to my 12MoM page http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness is the sign up for my HOUSE GIG LOTTERY (right at the bottom). This gives any of you based in England the chance to have me play a full concert in your living room for the bargain price of £12. I’ll be picking one lucky winner out of a hat via live stream in the next couple of weeks. All of those (in England) who signed up for the 12MoM annual subscription, will be automatically entered into the draw - monthly subscribers will NOT be automatically entered. This lottery is to celebrate the announcement of my UK house gig tour in April. Send me an email via firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d be interested in hosting a gig at your house. All you need is a living room and a few friends/family/neighbours to join us!
Last weekend was a busy one as per usual! A brilliant duo house gig with Jasmine near Hereford followed by a full day of recording with Jas and Pete.
Next weekend I’m playing a SOLD OUT gig as a trio in Shrewsbury at Henry Tudor House. Can’t wait to see you there!
Also coming up in February:
Feb 11th, 7:30pm - Stroud Subscription Rooms, solo, supporting “world music” band Spiro, tix £15 - http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/spiro
Feb 18th, 8pm - St John’s Parish Hall, Kingston, duo, tix £8:
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Feb 25th, 8pm - Under The Edge Arts, Wotton Under Edge, duo, tix £9.50:
See you very soon!
Your mad friend,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope 2017 brings you health, joy and prosperity. In order to keep you amused throughout the year, I've made a crazy New Year's Resolution...
I'm going to bring out a new limited edition CD every single month this year as part of a project entitled 12 Months of Madness!
Here's how it works (http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness):
12 months, 12 different themed CD's, 120 copies of each, £12 per month.
I'll be bringing out new recordings each month, whether it be a 14 track album, an EP, or a single with a B side. Some months the songs will be covers, others it will be my own material. Some months the recordings will be of just me and my guitar, others will have the band and full production. Some months I'll be asking you for suggestions of what you'd like me to record within a theme.
Most months the music that comes out will only be available via the 120 limited editions, the exceptions being when I bring out official release EP's (probably only 2 months out of 12), and in those instances the songs will also be available via online platforms. One month's release will be a vinyl version of "Young Runaway" rather than a CD. All CD's will be released with properly designed and executed artwork in card wallets. All of them will be signed.
Mailing list members will get first dibs!
Announcements of each month's release will go first to my wonderful mailing list members and then to fans on Facebook and other social media platforms, so make sure you subscribe via http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/follow so as not to miss out!
There are two options for ordering:
EITHER you can wait and see what is available each month and order CD's individually for £12 (inc P&P) as and when they appeal to you.
OR you can save time and subscribe for a full year's worth of CD's now (12 month subscription closes at the end of January). By choosing this option you also receive a special 13th limited edition CD at the end of the year that won't be available to monthly subscribers. The package also includes 2 free tickets to a 2017 gig of your choice, half price for vinyl month (everyone else will be paying £24 for that one month), and free entry into my house gig lottery(more details to come in January). Obviously, the more people that choose the full year's subscription, the less individual month's CD's there will be available, so by pre-ordering all 13 now you don't risk missing a month when they sell out quickly. And if 120 of you decide you'd like a yearly subscription, then the monthly option becomes unavailable.
January's release is called "on the corner" - a 14 track CD of the songs I play when I busk:
1. People Get Ready
2. Kathy's Song
3. Put Your Records On
4. Just Like You
5. Fields of Gold
6. Sweet Baby James
7. Sacred Heart
9. Your Song
10. Autumn Leaves
11. Angie Baby
12. Turn Me On
13. I Know You By Heart
14. Christmas Lights
We've made a special page on my website just for this project, so head to http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/12-months-of-madness to find out more and/or place your order! There are different options for UK and international residents.
In other exciting news, I've been nominated for 2 awards!
The first is Laurel Canyon Music's "Album of the Year 2016" and it's judged by poll so I'd hugely appreciate your votes! If you're not already a member of the group on Facebook, you need to join it and be accepted (this doesn't take very long) before you can vote - https://www.facebook.com/groups/239076686265807/ - thank you in advance!
The other nomination is for Fatea Magazine's "Female artist of the year 2016" alongside Kate Rusby and Kelly Oliver. This one is decided by a panel and will be announced on January 13th.
As far as January gigs go, many if them are Living Room Gigs but there are a couple that I hope you'll be able to come along to:
January 14th, Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall, Lincolnshire- http://kirtoninlindseytownhall.co.uk/events/hattie-briggs/
January 21st, St Michael's Church, Galleywood, Essex - 07510 053841
Lastly, a few words to round off 2016.
For me (forgetting politics and celebrity deaths) it has been the year of Holland and America, of album number 2, having my face on the shelf in HMV, playing at the O2, of broadsheets, song commissions, coffee, sellout shows, performing as a 7 piece, meeting musical heroes, making new friends, discovering Foy Vance, giving up sugar in my tea and many other things! Like all my 23 years so far it's been filled with ups and downs that I'll remember for a long time - mainly the ups. I'd like to thank you - family, friends, fans for helping me celebrate the ups and get through the downs. As this year comes to an end I'm still just as in love with making and performing music as I was 3 years ago when I decided to go full time. I am so ridiculously excited for 2017 and the plans I've told you about above! I hope that you are happy, healthy and ready to smash it next year. I don't know about you, but I reckon 2017 will be a good'un!
Luck and love to all of you ❤
My Christmas EP is officially launched! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with the band and I last Thursday in Stroud. It was huge fun collaborating with Natalie Holmes, The Black Feathers, Asha McCarthy, Jack Cookson, Jasmine Scott-Neale and Matt Park. Fantastic to catch up with old and new fans and friends and to reminisce on how far I've come in 3 years. Your continued support means the universe to me and I truly felt the love in that room. What a brilliant start to Christmas.
If you didn't manage to get your hands on a physical CD you can now download or stream it via all online platforms. Here are a few:
iTunes - https://itun.es/gb/XXZggb
Amazon - http://a.co/2ov8r6b
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/2DmNsfLKhmy0YdWfT35uxC
Also since I got back from the US! It really happened, Jasmine and I played at The O2 London's Brooklyn Bowl to 800 people and loved it. As soon as I came off stage I wanted to go back on and do the whole thing again! What a fabulous audience - thank you so much for your whooping, your laughter, for being so smiley and coming to say hi afterwards. I couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome back from the States. I hope you enjoyed watching the live stream on Facebook if you couldn't be at the gig.
I went to a fun Musician's Union networking event last night at the Houses of Parliament. There was a surprise appearance from Jeremy Corbyn, and I met Sandie Shaw. Swapped CDs with Strictly's Dave Arch. Also bumped into the lovely Blair Dunlop and Will and Gareth from Hunter and the Bear :-). Not bad for a Tuesday evening! Also while in London, I've skated at Somerset House for the first time and been to my first ever football match, 3-0 to Spurs against Hull - I've become an honorary Spurs fan it seems.
In January I have some fantastic gigs coming up including:
Jan 14th - Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall - http://kirtoninlindseytownhall.co.uk/events/hattie-briggs/
Jan 15th - Harpenden Tennis Club - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/current-gigs (ticket link at the top of the gigs page)
Jan 21st - St Michael's Church, Galleywood, Chelmsford (email me for tickets - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also excited to tell you that I'll be heading off on another Living Room gig tour in April! It truly doesn't matter what size your house/flat/garden is, it's the people in it that's important :-) Who fancies hosting a gig? For more information on how these intimate shows work, check out http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/house-concerts
If you're at all interested/curious about inviting me to perform in your living room, please pop me an email on email@example.com
Dutch fans, I'll be heading out to The Netherlands in March as a duo with my cellist/backing vocalist, Jasmine. Let me know if you'd like to host a house gig, or if you have any venue suggestions.
That's all for now :-)
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