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— Nilüfer Yanya, London’s 23 year-old “effortlessly smooth new soul star” (The FADER) has today announced her biggest U.K., Europe and Turkey headline tour to date. Beginning with a date in Nilüfer’s father’s ancestral homeland Babylon in Istanbul on 28 March and taking in U.K. cities including her biggest London show so far — on 9 April at Evolutionary Arts Hackney — before European dates everywhere from France and the Netherlands to Austria and Germany, culminating on 1 May at ACU in Utrecht. Fellow London songwriter and guitarist Westerman will support Nilüfer on all of the U.K. dates having recently released his Ark EP to critical acclaim. Tickets for the entire tour are available from HERE.
Just last week, Nilüfer shared her stunning, expansive new single ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’, alongside its intimate, self-reflective accompanying visual. The single — out on ATO Records — has received overwhelming support on both sides of the Atlantic, with publications from The Guardian and The Sunday Times to Pitchfork and DIY Magazine praising its slow-burning and cinematic feel. ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’ was co-produced by Nilüfer herself, and live band members saxophonist Jazzi Bobbi and bassist Luke Bower.
This November, Nilüfer will head out on the road with Interpol across the United Kingdom and Europe, taking in two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 14 & 15 November before Manchester, Dublin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and more, culminating in a show at Paris’ La Salle Pleyel on 29 November. Nilüfer has also just announced a run of North American tour dates with Sharon Van Etten throughout February 2019.
‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’ is Nilüfer’s second single of 2018 following ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’ which was playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and heralded as “an absolutely great pop song… bubbling from beneath with a sense of power and pressure” (Noisey) and “perfectly poised pop” (Dazed And Confused). The new release comes from a place of introspection, with Nilüfer describing the track, “‘Heavyweight Champion…’ for me is about reaching my own metaphorical bar, reaching my own limits within myself, and kind of forbidding myself to take it further. It feels like quite a physical song, quite physically tired — and mentally, but knowing the desire is still there to continue. I imagine it sometimes in my head as drawing a line around me and the outside world — a form of self protection and preservation.”
The video for ‘HCOTY’ is directed again by ENERGYFORCE, the creative team behind all of Nilüfer’s stunning DIY visuals including ‘Small Crimes’ and ‘Baby Luv’, with Nilüfer explaining, “The video is about the concept of performance and the relation to the individual. We are never really sure who is the real me.” She continues, “This is because we are all in a state of constant performance, whether that be in everyday life or being in front of a camera. Even when we are not performing, how do we know we are not performing? Which is the genuine and which is the fake? Only in retrospect we can look back and realise ‘I wasn’t being myself’ or ‘I was completely myself’.”
Nilüfer Yanya landed a spot on the BBC’s annual Sound Of 2018 poll longlist, continuing a stellar rise that began with early releases ‘Small Crimes’ and ‘Keep On Calling’. Nilüfer has enjoyed extensive support from both mainstream and independent music, culture and fashion publications such as Pitchfork, i-D and The New York Times, plus a host of DJs at BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing in London. A further slew of tips lists, including DIY’s ‘Class Of’ and The FADER’s ‘British Artists To Watch’, as well as The Sunday Times’, GQ’s and Dork’s, firmly established Nilüfer as one of the most promising British songwriters and guitarists of her generation; attention will soon turn to her hotly-anticipated debut record — due in early 2019 on ATO Records/PIAS.