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Mercury Prize nominated artist Nick Mulvey releases new singe ‘Mecca’, part of ‘New Mythology’ album set to be released on 10th June. He announces a run of intimate record store shows to celebrate the release of his forthcoming album. He will be playing Leeds’ The Wardrobe in partnership with Crash on 14th June. Mecca immediately struck a profound chord with Mulvey, as he explains; “I’ve loved this song since I heard the Wild Beasts original. I’ve always thought it under-appreciated, the lyrics to me read like a Rumi or Hafiz poem, devotional Sufi verse at it’s best. I adore the song and am honoured to cover it. Renaud Letang and I had a wild time in the studio making it, going off-piste for me, muting my guitars and letting the synths, drum machines and vocal harmonies take over.” To arrive at ‘New Mythology’, Nick Mulvey has come a long way – both musically and philosophically. 

A musician, composer and producer, Nick has has amassed a staggering 587 million streams globally, an equivalent of half a million albums sold A founding member of the award-winning British collective Portico Quartet, he left in 2011 to concentrate on his own material. Once solo, he released the Mercury Prize nominated debut album First Mind in 2014, and 2017’s celebrated Wake Up Now. 

■ Haim

There is, at last,  an announcement of the rescheduled ‘The One More Haim Tour’ which will see the band performing their biggest UK shows to date. They will play Millennium Square. Leeds on 13th July  It will be a welcome and long-awaited return for the Californian sisters, who sold out Alexandra Palace two times over the last time they were on these shores, the coronavirus crisis forced its cancellation. In 2021 so this is a must see – just in case! 

■ Lauren Hibberd

Isle Of Wight power pop sensation Lauren Hibberd has announced a headline run of dates for September 2022. The tour will coincide with her soon-to-be-announced debut album. The tour announcement is accompanied by new track ‘Step Mum’, She will be visiting Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on 18th September. Speaking ahead of its release, Hibberd told us: “If you’ve been lucky enough to have not had one for yourself, you’ve probably already met her in a movie. I just realised there were not enough songs in the world about step mums, I had a big desire to change that. This song is as equally funny to me as it is scary for my dad. For legal reasons, this is not about my own stepmother”. Heralding the latest addition to her stacked catalogue of adrenaline-furled anthems, ‘Step Mum’ sees the indie riser continue her partnership with revered producer Larry Hibbitt (Nothing but Thieves, Don Broco, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Sea Girls) and accelerates Hibberd’s spectacular ascent towards the upper echelons of the indie landscape ahead of her August debut LP release. Fresh from nationwide dates supporting chart-toppers The Snuts and Stand Atlantic, as well as a sold-out 2021 UK headline tour, the enigmatic musician’s raucous live show has already seen her earn impressive support tours with Hippo Campus and The Regrettes in recent times. Earmarked for several prominent slots throughout the summer festival season, Hibberd will also be hitting the road this autumn to coincide with the release of her debut record.

■ Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine has released her highly-anticipated new album, Dance Fever. Powerful and perfect for her return. The album features previously-released tracks ’My Love’, ‘Free’, ‘King’ and ‘Heaven is Here’, all of which arrived alongside breathtaking videos from acclaimed director Autumn De Wilde. Dance Fever is an album that sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realised self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculine and feminine, redemptive, celebratory, stepping fully into her place in the iconic pantheon. The album is powered by a vision of a world that chooses love and justice every day, for everyone. It will be special live too though you will have to wait until November 25th to catch her at First Direct Arena, Leeds Florence’s chosen charity partner for this tour is Choose Love whereby £1 from every ticket sold on this tour will be donated to them.

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