“Nobody does steely, wounded restraint now quite like this south-London guitarist” - The Guardian
“Nilüfer Yanya makes her jazzy pop anthems both slow-burning and urgent, pairing delicate verses with bursts of cinematic guitar-plucking.” - Pitchfork
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.
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.