Jonathan Wilson announces Shepherd’s Bush Empire show

Following his recent sold–out UK tour in support of Rare Birds, his acclaimed new album, Jonathan Wilson has announced news of his biggest London headline show to date, performing at Shepherds Bush Empire in early September, along with dates in Gateshead and Manchester. These will follow an appearance at the End of The Road festival in Dorset on the weekend prior. Full live info HERE.

The eventful first leg of Wilson’s tour included two sold out shows at Point Ephemere in Paris recorded by ARTE Concert, a section of which can be viewed HERE. Wilson recently shared a video for current single ‘There’s A Light’, created by longtime friend and collaborator Grant James. The playfully transcendental video features an introduction by Bedouine and guest vocals from Lucius and can be viewed HERE.

Critical acclaim for Rare Birds, out now on Bella Union:

“Wilson’s latest nods at Zappa, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and The Byrds… Rare Birds unpacks a wealth of sonic detail… This feels like a record you could lose yourself in for months.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“A rich, sprawling triumph, its widescreen ambition and focus on detail breathing drama into the songs.” The Observer – 4 Stars ****

“By turns reminiscent of Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, Wilson has gone Eighties maximalist.” Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Multi–tracked perfection… Rare Birds transcends its central theme in a flurry of uplifting, gospel–tinged pop, swooping George Harrison–style guitars and achingly good ballads.” Sunday Express – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“Lana Del Ray pops up on Living With Myself, the ambient pioneer Laraaji adds New Age chants to Loving You, and the whole thing is pulled along by virtuosity, invention and depth.” The Times – 4 Stars ****

“LA producer’s magnum opus… Brooding, widescreen and ambitiously maximalist.” Uncut – 7/10

“An expansive and multi–layered meditation about a failed relationship, Wilson’s reactions to heartbreak mostly sound beatific.” Long Live Vinyl – 8/10

“Wilson has added synths, samples and drum machines to his armoury and Rare Birds is more expansive as a result.” Daily Mail – 4 Stars ****

“Wilson moves determinedly forward, and gloriously so… Dense, colourful and wonderfully realised.. It’s all dizzyingly good.” PROG

“Wilson moves on from the Laurel Canyon–evoking textures that dominated his earlier releases and embraces the 1980s… Loveliest of all is the drivetime pop of Over The Midnight”. Sunday Times

“One of the early contenders for album of 2018.” Guitar & Bass – 9/10

“A sprawling but rewarding affair… Wilson explores a deeper, denser, synth–drenched 80s sound with a distinct whiff of classic Pink Floyd… An ambitious return.” The Sun – 3.5/5

Rare Birds unfolds its expansive wings to soar for 8 minutes… Wilson marshals his multi textured songs with aplomb, giving them an easy flow amid their twists and turns.” Financial Times

“Vast and expansive, if you want to go on a musical journey then Rare Birds is the album for you.” DORK – 4 Stars ****

Wilson has previously shared videos for “Over The Midnight”, which can be viewed HERE, and “Loving You”, which can be viewed HERE.

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  • 02 Sep 2018 Dorset at End of the Road
  • 04 Sep 2018 Gateshead at Sage
  • 06 Sep 2018 Manchester at Gorilla
  • 07 Sep 2018 London at Islington Assembly Halls
  • 08 Sep 2018 Amsterdam at Melkweg
  • 09 Sep 2018 Berlin at Volksbuhne
  • 11 Sep 2018 Hamburg at Mojo Club
  • 13 Sep 2018 Antwerp at Trix
  • 14 Sep 2018 Paris at Cabaret Sauvage
  • 20 Sep 2018 Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre
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