June headline dates (inc. O2 Islington Academy)
“This year’s most heart-warming come back” **** – The Guardian
“A triumphant return for one of pop’s most charismatic figures” **** – Record Collector
“Holly Johnson continues undimmed” **** – Q
“An intoxicating blend of star spangled unrequited love songs and great-to-be-alive anthems”
– Daily Mirror
“Holly’s back. Now it’s time to rage hard” **** – Classic Pop
Seamus Haji has remixed Holly Johnson’s new single, ‘Dancing With No Fear’ (out June 22), a track taken from his critically acclaimed album Europa. The single coincides with a headline show at London’s Islington Academy on June 25th (with support from Bright Light Bright Light), alongside a homecoming date tonight at Liverpool Philharmonic, and St Albans Arena, all following a sell out UK tour and the Radio 2 playlisted singles ‘Follow Your Heart’, ‘In and Out of Love’ and ‘Heaven’s Eyes’.
Further remixes of the ‘Dancing With No Fear’ single come courtesy of the likes of Dimitri From Paris(http://found.ee/DubbingWithNoFear), JRMX, Funky Derrick and former ZTT label-mates Propaganda (http://found.ee/DWNFPropagandaSC), alongside special versions with an orchestral arrangement by Stu Kennedy.
The artwork for ‘Dancing With No Fear’ is taken from a painting of Johnson’s entitled ‘The Embrace of Niankhkhnum and Khnumotep’. It reimagines a wall in what has become known the ‘Tomb of the Hairdressers’ – a site discovered in 1964 which uniquely depicts two men appearing in an intimate embrace. This has since become something of a honeymoon pilgrimage for gay couples who’ve completed their civil partnership ceremonies, though the tomb was closed allegedly to “protect it”. Holly originally exhibited the painting in Glasgow – as part of a social justice exhibition including works by David Hockney – though Egypt’s recent banning of a gay person from entering Cairo shines another timely light on the country’s attitude towards homosexuality.
Euphoric and uplifting, ‘Dancing With No Fear’ draws on a particular style of electronic music designed to evoke happier times. Produced alongside Europa collaborator Mark Ralph (The 2 Bears, Franz Ferdinand, and co-writer and producer of Years and Years’ number 1 single, ‘King’), Holly writes of the track: “today there is this idea that we are now all free and equal under the law, that there is medication available for whatever ails us, and there is no one waiting outside to fight with or oppress us. When the song was written, that was all just a far-off dream (and for many people, it still is). ‘Dancing With No Fear’ describes that feeling when nothing is wrong, just for a moment, and you can lose yourself in music.”
St Albans Arena / 18th June / https://www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/holly-johnson/
Islington Academy / 25th June w/ Bright Light Bright Light http://www.o2priority.co.uk/Listings/Holly-Johnson/32903