Declan McKenna is once again heading out on tour around the UK following the release of his stellar debut What Do You Think About the Car?. He invades the hallowed campuses of Leeds University, after having the venue upgraded due to surging demand; we’ll be there to catch the madness unfold and have a chat with the man himself ahead of the gig.
Indie wonder-kid Declan McKenna has enjoyed a truly meteoric rise, having been propelled firmly into the spotlight following the release of his debut single, ‘Brazil’ back in December 2014. The single established him as a creative and thoughtful songwriter who seemed very much ahead of his time, being the tender age of just 15 when he wrote the song. A song that lambasted the reckless nature of FIFA’s awarding of the 2014 World Cup in a playful yet thought-provoking manner.
Following this he won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition, filmed a live session in the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios and gained serious traction within the media. 2016 saw him juggling gigs and festival slots with a lot of song-writing for his debut album which, was released in May of this year. A collection of tracks for old and new fans alike, combining some of his most loved tracks to date, including ‘Paracetamol’ and ‘Bethlehem’ amongst others, with the addition of some brilliant new ones such as ‘Humongous’ and ‘Listen to Your Friends’. Part-energising, part-psychedelic, part-brooding. Every track is woven together with wonderful dexterity through his distinct ability to create wonderful melodies and textures; using them to reflect each song’s individual identity.
If you’ve ever been to one of Declan’s gigs, you’ll be well accustomed to their frenetic nature. They are truly an experience in themselves. As the venues have increased in size, so has the scale of his live shows. When I saw him headline at Heaven, London, it was an unhinged spectacle, brimming with a tonne of glitter and not one, but two stage dives. If this article hasn’t persuaded you to get down and see him, then I don’t know what will and quite frankly you are beyond saving. But in all seriousness, he is most definitely worth seeing. The tour begins on the 5th October and he swings by Leeds on the 24th October where we have bagged an interview with him, so look out for that soon after.
Dates for the tour can be seen below. And tickets are available here.
THU 05 OCT – High Wycombe Bucks SU
FRI 06 OCT – Hull Welly Club
FRI 20 OCT – Brighton Concorde 2
SAT 21 OCT – Leicester O2 Academy
MON 23 OCT – Manchester O2 Ritz
TUE 24 OCT – Leeds University SU
THU 26 OCT – O2 ABC Glasgow
SAT 28 OCT – O2 Institute2 Birmingham
MON 30 OCT – Norwich Waterfront
TUE 31 OCT – Sheffield Leadmll
WED 01 NOV – Bristol Bierkeller
FRI 03 NOV – London KOKOBy Fred Stiddard