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Rider Essentials – Katie Jayne

by Mallory Arbour
Katie Jayne

Country singer-songwriter, Katie Jayne began her career in the United Kingdom in 2015 as the driving force behind the duo Southern Junction. Making her debut at the Isle of Wight Festival, she went on to play many impressive venues including London’s O2 Arena, for the Country2Country Festival as well as the UK’s two leading country music festivals, Buckle and Boots and FSA Fest.

Originally from Dubbo and now residing in Newcastle, Katie writes songs for girls just like her, while drawing inspiration from the likes of Miranda Lambert, The Chicks and Dolly Parton. A favourite in the digital landscape, Katie’s music sits at over 1 million streams. Drunk Dial is her latest single and her first #1.

We caught up with Katie and asked her to tell us five things she always takes on the road for this week’s Rider Essentials.


1. Mic Stand

My decked out mic stand! I’m always amused at how much stuff I have to take on stage. I decorate my mic stand with an iPad holder, a tambourine and a very handy drinks holder to get me through each gig. Oh, and I bring a phone stand for when I want to go live on TikTok during the gig — very handy!

2. Microphone

I take my Sennheiser microphone with me everywhere I go, it just suits my vocals more than any other mic, and I guess it’s hygienic to bring my own mic (as we are now all figuring out thanks to covid!) I do have two other spare mics just in case, but the Sennheiser is definitely my go-to.

3. Set Lists

I have so many different set lists printed out! I have a different one depending on which guitarist I am working with or if I’m with the band. They sit in my iPad case and I can be seen frantically (errr … I mean professionally), sorting through them at the beginning of the gig trying to find the right one for that night. 

4. Snacks

Snacks are a must! (Unless you’re happy eating Maccas for every single meal). Staying in hotels or pub rooms isn’t exactly ideal for late night dinners so snacks become your best friend. I’ve always at least got an apple in my bag in case we’ve had to skip dinner, but usually it’s the less healthy options that get eaten first.

5. Laptop

And finally, my laptop is a must because I am constantly behind on everything! I’m in my third year of university so being on the road a lot means that I’m behind on assessments and need to use the limited time between gigs, when I’m not driving, to get what I can done … it’s all very glamorous and rock and roll …


Keep up to date with everything Katie Jayne  and follow her on Facebook here.

For more of our Rider Essentials series, go here.

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