Sorcha Richardson announces a run of UK and European dates for this October and November including a headline London show at Lafayette on November 17th – tickets are on sale 10am July 30th, see full dates below. The tour announcement follows the announcement of Sorcha’s second album ‘Smiling Like an Idiot’, out September 23rd via Faction, and the release of an official video for new single ‘Shark Eyes’.

‘Shark Eyes’ is the second taste of her forthcoming second album following the May release of ‘Archie’. The album announcement follows a European tour supporting her compatriot Villagers, two special shows in LA and London including a James Vincent McMorrow-curated event at the Barbican and two support shows with Mitski.

Speaking on the new album, Sorcha said; “It’s about falling in love with a person and a place, which in this case is Dublin, and how those two are interlinked.” Thematically it highlights a pursuit of happiness and the full-blown intensity of new love, but gaining something so life-affirming comes with the fear that it could just as easily be swept away.


“I started to think about things that accompany that intense euphoria. The deep anxiety that can sometimes go with it. That feeling you get when you’re on a rollercoaster, ascending – it’s exhilarating and terrifying. I think fear is a very big part of falling in love.”

“Shark Eyes is about being totally infatuated with someone who you know isn’t as interested in you as you are in them. It’s about following your darker and more destructive impulses and allowing yourself to be taken for a bit of a ride, partly out of boredom and curiosity, but also partly out of a lingering hope that maybe this time it will end differently. I think I wrote it as a way of admitting to myself that that relationship would never be anything more than it already was, but I wanted it to still have the sweetness of a love song. Sometimes there’s a real lightness and relief in coming to that realisation about someone and knowing and accepting the limits of your relationship with them.

It was the first song I wrote for this album and the first thing that Alex and I worked on together since we made my debut album First Prize Bravery. I think it acted as a bit of a green light to keep going.”

Sorcha Richardson upcoming live dates:

Fri 29 – Sun 31 July – All together Now 2022 Portlaw, Ireland

Fri 2 – Sun 4 September – Electric Picnic 2022 Stradbally, Ireland

Wed 19 Oct – Limelight Limelight 2 – Belfast

Thu 20 Oct – Olympia Theatre – Dublin

Mon 14 Nov – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh

Tue 15 Nov – YES Basement – Manchester

Thu 17 Nov – Lafayette – London

Fri 18 Nov – The Folklore Rooms – Brighton


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