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Nilüfer Yanya announces ‘Painless’ UK and European tour dates for 2022

The Londoner will take her forthcoming second album on the road in March

By Joe Goggins

Nilüfer Yanya, 2021
The genre-bending singer-songwriter's second album arrives in March. (Photo: Press)

Nilüfer Yanya has announced UK and European tour dates for 2022.

Heading out in support of upcoming second record ‘Painless’, which is set for release via ATO on March 4, the Londoner will play four UK shows as part of the run, in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London.

The ‘In Your Head’ singer-songwriter will then head to the continent for a two-week stint that will take in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. Further dates in the US are in the diary for April and May.

Tickets for the UK gigs go on sale this Friday (December 3) via Yanya’s official website. Fans already signed up to her mailing list can access a pre-sale now.

‘Painless’ is the follow-up to ‘Miss Universe’, which was met with a rapturous critical reception upon release in 2019. Reviewers praised Yanya’s stylistic dexterity, with ‘Miss Universe’s 17 tracks slaloming through indie rock, jazz, soul and trip-hop. Writing for Stereogum, James Rettig called Yanya’s voice “malleable and endlessly expressive”.

Her last release was the ‘Feeling Lucky’ EP, released to similarly positive write-ups last year. Yanya dropped the lead single from ‘Painless’ last month. ‘stabilise’ is a tense, taut pop-rocker that, in her own words in a statement at the time of its release, was influenced by her surroundings in the city she calls home. 

“A lot of the city is just grey and concrete, there’s no escape,” said Yanya. “The video plays on the central theme in the song of no one coming to save you ever. It’s set in the depths of reality in everyday life where we are the only one’s truly capable of salvaging or losing ourselves.

“Nothing is out there – both a depressing and reassuring statement (depending on how you look at it),” she continued. “Sometimes you have to dress up as a spy or a rock star and just hope for the best.”

Nilüfer Yanya’s 2022 UK and European tour dates are as follows:

MARCH 2022

3 – St. Luke’s, Glasgow
12 – Whelan’s, Dublin
14 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
15 – Trinity, Bristol
16 – Electric Brixton, London
20 – Trabendo, Paris
22 – Bogen F, Zurich
23 – Ampere, Munich
24 – Grelle Forelle, Vienna
26 – Säälchen, Berlin
27 – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
28 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam
30 – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels