George Ezra’s first album, Wanted on Voyage contains songs about a backpacking trip he made around Europe. Even the title of the album relates to travel: a reference to the stamp which was often put on passengers’ luggage way back in the days of steamboat travel. The stamp was an indication that the owner of the luggage wanted to keep their bags close by.
George Ezra first heard the term, “wanted on voyage” through Michael Bond's Paddington Bear stories. It was stamped on Paddington's suitcase!
It’s a little ironic that the biggest hit single from this album is the one named after the only capital city on his itinerary which George never actually made it to on that first tour.
In an interview with a national newspaper, Ezra said "What happened with Budapest is that I stopped off in Sweden, by chance, when the Eurovision Song Contest final was on. I'd been put in touch with these girls who lived in Malmo, Sweden so I was like, 'Yeah, all right.' And then the Eurovision final was on in the park and we got drunk and I missed my train to Budapest."
After Budapest became a worldwide hit, Ezra included a date in the city of Budapest as part of his "Ezra Express Tour." However, he was a bit underwhelmed by the location and realised that he should have perhaps based the song on a Caribbean town: somewhere he would have preferred to travel to for gig!
Wanted On Voyage rose topped the UK album chart for fourteen weeks after its release. Our featured song made the No. 1 slot in several countries including New Zealand, Czech Republic and Austria
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, George Ezra said: "It was my first attempt to write a love song, and it uses the first three guitar chords I ever learned. There's a lot to be said for that simplicity."
One of the largest cities in the EU, Budapest is the capital of Hungary. Before 1873, Buda & Pest were two separate cities, situated on either side of the river Danube. They merged along with the beautiful old town of Obuda creating the cosmopolitan, yet charming city that we are now familiar with.