LAURA MARLING will hit the road for a twelve date UK tour this Autumn.
Having emphatically set the bar for what can be achieved with a superlative livestream performance back in the early Summer of 2020 from London’s Union Chapel, Laura is thrilled to finally be able to take her acclaimed Song For Our Daughter album out on the road.
The shows kick off in Birmingham on the 4th October and run through to 22nd October at London’s Roundhouse.
Tickets are on sale now via www.lauramarling.com
Laura brought forward the release of Song For Our Daughter in the midst of lockdown last Easter as the pandemic took hold across the globe. It was received with widespread acclaim, and deservedly picked up Mercury Prize and Grammy Award nominations.
These shows will be Laura’s first headline dates in the UK in over five years, when she toured Semper Femina back in March 2017.
Laura Marling Live:
4th October – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
5th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
7th October – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow
8th October – Queens Hall, Edinburgh
9th October – Leadmill, Sheffield
11th October – Ulster Hall, Belfast
12th October – Albert Hall, Manchester
13th October – Tramshed, Cardiff
15th October – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
16th October – Hexagon, Reading
17th October – The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich
19th October – Dome, Brighton
20th October – Roundhouse, London
22nd October – Roundhouse, London
The route to Song For Our Daughter began in the wake of touring Semper Femina, when Laura stepped away from both her record label and her management, and for the first time in many years found herself without any firm idea of her future.
Instead she chose the unexpected: she collaborated with the theatre director Robert Icke; she formed a duo called LUMP with Mike Lindsay from Tunng, recording and touring an album of dissonant melodic beauty. Then she enrolled in a masters degree in psychoanalysis.
For a time she distanced herself from the idea of being Laura Marling — all of the connotations and associations her own name conjured, and began to explore something new. She realised that the songs she wrote after Semper Femina “felt too much like similar rewritings of other ones — like a writer who’ll write the same book over and over again,” and pushed herself to write beyond the known edges of herself. “And that was quite painful for me actually,” she says. “It’s the first time I’ve made a concerted effort to not just keep writing the same song again.”
The effect of exploring beyond her familiar world — her collaborative experiments and academic studies particularly, has been to liberate her. The next twelve months will also bring a new album from LUMP, and Laura credits the experience of working with Lindsay for a new perspective on songwriting. “Lump gives me a totally different space,” she says, “it’s just so much easier for me to have a really differentiated persona and the outcome is such a surprise to me.”