Leon Bridges announces first UK tour

The soul singer will play a run of shows in July and London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in September

Leon Bridges has announced his first ever UK tour.

The soul singer will follow his previously announced, sold out date at London’s Village Underground on May 20 with a run of shows in July before returning to London in September to play the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. He will also appear at Latitude Festival in Southwold and Citadel Festival in London this summer. Tickets for Bridges’ headline shows go on sale on May 1.

Bridges, who is from from Fort Worth, Texas, will release his first LP, ‘Coming Home’ on June 22 through Columbia Records. Produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim, the album features the previously released tracks ‘Better Man’, ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Lisa Sawyer’.

Leon Bridges will play:

London Village Underground (May 20) SOLD OUT
Birmingham Temple (July 7)
Glasgow King Tut’s (8)
Manchester Deaf Institute (9)
Bristol Thekla (15)
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (September 28)

Bridges recently appeared on US chat programme The Late Late Show with James Corden, performing the song ‘Better Man’ and was awarded the 2015 Grulke Prize for Developing US Act at SXSW in Austin, Texas last month. Click below to watch his debut television appearance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuKAIL4g77g

Leon Bridges was among the names on NME’s Ones to Watch 2015 list in January, appearing alongside artists like Shamir, Slaves and The Districts. Read Bridges’ first ever interview by clicking here.

In it, he says of his debut LP: “There’s a couple of ballads in there and some rock’n’roll tunes. Everything is very subtle – it’s just like how they did it back in the day.” Of the inspiration behind the songs, he says “For the most part it’s love songs”.

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