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Mavis Staples – UK shows in July – Union Chapel 9th and 10th July

July 2, 2018

MAVIS STAPLES
UK SHOWS JULY
UNION CHAPEL 9TH & 10TH JULY
NEW ALBUM ‘IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK’ PRODUCED BY JEFF TWEEDY OUT NOW ON ANTI-
“Potent stuff” 4/5 Q
“An album of 21st Century Civil Rights anthems” 8/10 Uncut

“A perfect blend of profound truth-telling and positive vision” 4/5 Mojo

“The righteous force of soul music.” – Album of the Week 4/5 Financial Times

“At 78, Staples has never sounded more contemporary.” – Associated Press

“Staples’s voice has a strength and endurance not heard in years.” – The New Yorker

“’If All I Was Was Black’ is an album about American perspectives and the compassion it takes to see the world from someone else’s point of view.” – Pitchfork

Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, who released her new album ‘If All I Was Was Black’ late last year, will play a string of UK shows next month. Staples will return to London’s Union Chapel for a brace of shows in July, having played a sold out gig at the venue last Summer. The first night has sold out and only a few tickets remain for the second show on 10th July.
TOUR DATES


Monday 9th July – Union Chapel – London (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 10th July – Union Chapel
 – London (SOLD OUT)
Friday 13th July – Boiler Shop – Newcastle (with Benjamin Booker)
Sat 14th July – Cornbury Festival – Oxford
Earlier in the year, Mavis Staples unveiled the video to her album’s title track in honour of Black History Month:
WATCH ‘IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK’ VIDEO HERE

“In 2017 I watched as all the Confederate monuments came down in New Orleans, but the conversation never arose as to what would replace them,” explained director Zac Manuel. “This video imagines a reality where we venerate people who are truly deserving of being immortalised in public spaces, a reality in which Black people can be proud to see themselves on pedestals in the air, cast in iron and stone. The intent of this video is to highlight black excellence, and to provoke and encourage a larger public appreciation of the labor – physical and emotional – the people of colour often are expected to bear”.

The album ‘If All I Was Was Black’ was produced by Jeff Tweedy and released to widespread critical acclaim and late night appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Later… with Jools Holland and most recently a Martin Luther King Jr. Day performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Mavis Staples is a hit-maker, a civil rights activist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a true believer in her God, in this country and in the power of good over evil. If we need a voice to listen to right now—to educate us, to comfort us, to spur us into action—it’s hard to think of a better one than hers,” proclaimed Paste

“It’s the compassion that I feel.  I want you to feel that same compassion…You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” – Mavis Staples
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