May 7, 2019


MAY & JUNE 2019

‘Yola arrives an instant, incandescent vocal star.  An artist who is unmistakably the real deal.’ – Sunday Times

Walk Through Fire should make Yola unavoidable in 2019.  There is an irresistible magnetism to her vintage soul and gospel-tinged Americana, and songs that feel as if they have been around forever.’ – Guardian

Mojo    Q    The Times  

British rising star Yola has announced a tour of the UK and Ireland in May and June in support of her acclaimed debut solo album, Walk Through Fire.  The tour comprises 14 concerts, including a date at London’s 100 Club on May 29.  Produced by The Black Keys’ eight-time Grammy Award winner Dan AuerbachWalk Through Fire was released in Februaryon Easy Eye Sound, distributed by his longtime label Nonesuch Records, and peaked at No.1 on both the UK Americana and Country charts.  Yola has blazed her own trail with an unshakable passion for the soul and country music she loves.  Walk Through Fire is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel and shimmering tremolo guitars, it provides the perfect soundtrack to Yola’s arresting vocals.   The album features the singles ‘Faraway Look’‘Ride Out In The Country’‘Love All Night (Work All Day’, and the latest, ‘Shady Grove’.   Please see below for full list of tour dates, and further details here.  Yola will also perform at Glastonbury Festival in June.

Tour dates:

Sun May 5             Cheltenham Jazz Festival **      

Sat May 11            The Academy, Dublin [SOLD OUT]

Sun May 12            CQAF Festival, Belfast

Tue May 14            St Luke’s, Glasgow

Wed May 15           Perth Theatre, Perth

Thu May 16            The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Sat May 18            Sage Gateshead, Gateshead

Sun May 19            The Live Room, Saltaire [SOLD OUT]

Mon May 20           Night & Day, Manchester [SOLD OUT]   

Mon May 27           Bodega, Nottingham

Tue May 28            Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Wed May 29           100 Club, London [SOLD OUT] 

Thu May 30            The Haunt, Brighton

Sat Jun 1               Fiddlers, Brighton

Special guest Lady Nade, except** Kizzy Crawford 

Dan Auerbach stated, “The moment I met Yola I was impressed.  Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice… she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift.  She made everyone in the studio an instant believer.”

Hailing from a small town outside Bristol, Yola grew up in poverty with an unsupportive parent who “banned” her from making any music.  She later became homeless, living on the streets of London and also experienced stress-induced voice loss.  Yola overcame these challenges to launch a successful sideline in writing, performing on pop hits and briefly joined Massive Attack.  She was also the main writer and front woman in Phantom Limb, opening for artists including James Brown and Dr. John before pursuing her solo career in 2016.  She quickly made her mark in the US with her vocal powers and innovative songwriting winning early supporters, including Rolling Stone, the Wall Street JournalPasteStereogumNPR and The Current’s Bill DeVille who exclaimed, “She’s a powerhouse of a singer: she’s part Southern soul, she’s part gospel and she’s completely amazing.  You’ll want to remember her name: Yola.” 

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