Preview: LANY at Heaven, London


LANY returns to the UK this weekend to perform its first shows this side of the Atlantic since joining Ellie Goulding and John Newman for an eleven-date tour in the spring that included two nights at Greenwich’s O2 Arena.

These dates follow the surprise release of kinda, their second EP under Polydor, at the end of June. Led by singles ‘WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS’ and ‘yea, babe, no way,’ the six-track collection is a chilled and dreamy summer soundtrack with delightful melodies and touches of melancholy. Previous singles have seen support from the likes of Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, and breakthrough release ‘ILYSB’ has picked up over five million plays on SoundCloud between its original rendition, a stripped-back version from 2015’s Make Out, and a remix from Ferdinand Weber on Spinnin’ Records’ deep house imprint.

After their spring sojourn included a night off from the big stage for the Nashville trio to play a sell-out night supported by Portsmouth singer/songwriter Jerry Williams at the 200-capacity Camden Assembly (then Barfly), the London date for the kinda tour was soon moved due to demand from its originally-planned location to Heaven. The far larger Charing Cross venue, best known as the home of the G-A-Y club night since 2008, has recently hosted shows from the likes of Dua Lipa, Galantis, and RÜFÜS. With support coming from Nimmo, a London-based quintet responsible for moody, synthy disco tracks, this UK stint also features performances at Reading and Leeds festivals and Glasgow’s renowned King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.


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